A man of few words, yet when he speaks an abundance of wisdom proceeds from his mouth. Marc Cayeux has been through it all. He has mixed with some of the best golfers in the world and has had the opportunity and the gift taken from him for a while. At some point the thought should have crossed his mind, that he will never swing a club again. However he has shown great character and he has warranted a fight back. He refused to lie down and let it be. The golfer will play in the Zimbabwe Open on Thursday, April 14 and so much joy will fill the hearts of those around him and those who know his story. A story of hope, fight, belief and victory. It will be more than just golf as the Cayeux lines up on the green. Marc Cayeux is back!
Hey Marc, How are you?
Good thank you, how are you?
I am well thanks. So, what are your expectations of the upcoming Zimbabwe Open?
First of all I’m just happy to be part of the Open this year. It has been my goal to have my first event at the Zim Open as it is in my home country. My only expectations at the moment is to have a few good rounds and make the cut really. As this is my first event on the Sunshine tour in 5 and a half years. I just want to enjoy the moment.
What then prompted the decision to represent Zimbabwe in your golfing career?
I was blessed with great association with Junior Golf Association in Zimbabwe. It was key in developing my game and falling in love with it.
When did you start playing golf? Would you then also say the 10000 hour rule applies when it comes to such a specialist sport?
I started playing at the age of 10 with my dad and my brother. I strongly believe in quality practice instead of quantity practice. That being said, the dedication and time put in always reaps one the rewards.
As a golfer, what was your most memorable victory and the most devastating defeat you have managed to encounter? Why?
My most memorable victory was Vodacom Championships in 2004 where I shot 61 in the final round to win the tournament by 6 shots.
Every tournament you don’t win, is always a lesson learned.
You have managed to play on the world stage before. Tell us about your 2009 season, The British Open and what could have been or what was?
Had a good season on the European tour, but sadly missed my Tour Card at the end of 2009.
It was a great experience playing the British Open at Turnberry. But sadly missed the cut. But it was a great week, experience wise.
In 2010, something horrific happened. You want to tell us about that experience?
I was unfortunate while driving back from the border, a ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) vehicle swerved trying to avoid hitting a cow, she ended up hitting my vehicle head-on. To be honest the last 5 and a half years has been extremely difficult and frustrating trying to get back on track with my golfing career. I can thank God for saving me through this whole ordeal. It’s a miracle to be here at the moment.
The doctors, fans and many people had the belief you would never play again. Your career was deemed over. How difficult was it during rehabilitation as you fought the mental and physical challenge of recovery?
It was extremely hard as it was physically tough to get through this all. I knew I had to pull myself together to get back to where I was for myself and for my family. I’m not fully there but still working hard at it. My wife and I have done this together.
How important have your family and friends been in this period in particular?
My family and friends has been so supported through all of this. We are truly blessed with a great group of friends.
Who do you think is the best golfer in the world at the moment?
Jordan Spieth. Not so much his golf, but I think what he does off the course is just great.