Samuel Chege is a two-time Kenya Amateur Golf Champion (2108 and 2019), who turned pro in the fall of 2020 and currently plays on the Safari Tour. The 27-year old made it into the field at the European Tour’s Magical Kenya Open last week and was the only native Kenyan to make the cut.
This week the Njoro, Nakuru County native is playing in the Kenya Savannah Classic, the second of two stops in Kenya for the European Tour.
Aside from his pure golf skills, Chege stands out for owning one of the most unique swings you’ll ever see on a Tour-level golfer.
He has a very short backswing, which barely goes past his hips with mid-short iron, and with long clubs Chege seems to use the heel of his foot as a guide on follow-through.
“My father introduced me to the game, but what I will say is that I’ve not come from a rich family to be here,” said Chege, a born-again Christian, whose dream is to one day play at the Masters.
“At the beginning I was teaching myself to play. Because of this, my swing is very unique. I have a short backswing which so many people have told me is too fast and I have to change it. But I’ve stayed with it, because it works well for me.
“Many guys are telling me that I need to change my swing. And I am saying, the swing that you want me to change has done me well, and won me many events in Kenya.
“What I tell them is, I have to perfect it.”
Watch: Samuel Chege’s Unique Golf Swing
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