Last year’s Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year finished in a share of 22nd spot on minus-three and was understandably pleased to return a score to match his ball-striking in an encouraging Sunday performance.
“I played nicely enough today,” reflected O’Briain who has bemoaned an ice cold flat-stick this week. “I didn’t really get the putter going at all again but it helps when you’re hitting it stiff the odd time and hitting par-5s in two.
“But I’m happy enough. Some of it was very good which helps to build momentum going into the next few weeks.”
Having worked hard on his game over the holidays, perhaps the most satisfying aspect of his rousing finish was that work being reflected in his play, with O’Briain excited for what’s to come, particularly this week’s Cape Town Open.
“But if we can keep the ball rolling next week, get the putts to drop it could be a different story. Still, I’m really happy with the good start to the season. Considering I made the cut on the mark and managed to sneak a backdoor top-25 is very pleasing.”