Globetrotting de Jonge again in contention in Turkey


Brendon de Jonge has given his passport quite a workout over the last six weeks, but his game appears no worse for the wear.

De Jonge began with a flurry at the Turkish Airlines Open, playing his first five holes in 4 under en route to an opening 65. At 7 under, he sits two shots off the pace as he looks to contend in his third straight start - on three different continents.

The Zimbabwean opened the PGA Tour's 2014-15 season with a pair of top-50 finishes last month on the West Coast, then went across the country to the McGladrey Classic in Georgia, where he lost to Robert Streb in a three-man playoff.

Turkish Airlines Open full-field scores

Following that close call, de Jonge hopped on a plane and flew nearly 10,000 miles to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic, where he made his fourth start in as many weeks and tied for 13th. After a week off, he moved west to Turkey for this week's European Tour event, where he hopes to finally add some hardware to his collection of near-misses.

De Jonge has been one of the game's most consistent players for years, and has banked more than $10 million in PGA Tour earnings, but he is more than six years removed from his lone professional win, which came at the 2008 Xerox Classic on the Tour. He has notched five top-three finishes since 2010, including last month's playoff loss at Sea Island, and he is tied for third through one round at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

Win or lose this week, de Jonge's recent stretch of globetrotting does prove one thing: perhaps jet lag is overrated.