ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – For the vast majority of players this week’s McGladrey Classic is the beginning of the end after a long year.
With just two domestic fall events remaining, or for some a pair of stops in Asia at the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions, the prospect of time off drives many through the finish line, just not Brendon de Jonge.
For de Jonge the Sea Island stop is his 31st event this year, and he’s far from finished. The Charlotte resident via Zimbabwe plans to play next week’s CIMB event in Malaysia – with a flight that leaves Georgia on Sunday night and arrives in Asia on Tuesday morning – followed by the Turkish Airlines Open, Australian Open and finally the Australian PGA. That’s three continents, five events, eight weeks and a boatload of airline bonus points.
“I enjoy playing,” said de Jonge following a second-round 64 at Sea Island to move into second place and a stroke out of the lead. “You know, I do very little practice or playing when I'm home, so it all happens when I'm on the road.”
De Jonge’s 35 events this year are actually a “trimmed” down version of his schedule. He played 36 global events last year, and he reluctantly admits it may be time to start dialing back his schedule.
“I'd like to,” he smiled. “I figure it's probably the right thing to do. My body is telling me to slow down a little bit.”