Feel Good Thursday: Meet South Africa's kid golf prodigy

Seven year-old Simthandile "Sim Tiger" Tshabalala has been ranked 15th in the world in his age category since he started playing golf competitively nine months ago.

He finished in the top five at the prestigious Australian Open over the weekend.

Azania sat down with Tiger and dad Bonginkosi Tshabalala - who happens to be his caddy - to find out more about the young man's journey and the time he puts into the game.

"Sim Tiger" has been playing golf since he was four years old.

The prodigy says he got his nickname after playing well on his first day at an international tournament in Malaysia.

The first day I got there, they saw me play well so they called me Tiger. The second day I told them my name, so they called me Sim Tiger.

Simthandile "Sim Tiger" Tshabalala, Golfer

Sim Tiger says he puts a lot of time into training.

After school I change and train until six o'clock.

Simthandile "Sim Tiger" Tshabalala, Golfer

Proud dad Bonginkosi Tshabalala says his child's been exposed to various sports since he was two years old, to find out where his talent lies.

The very first sport that we got him a professional code was for tennis when he was two and I think he was the same size as the racket.

Bonginkosi Tshabalala, Simthandile's father

I don't know what the future holds for us, we take it a day at a time. I never imagined that we would be travelling the world.

Bonginkosi Tshabalala, Simthandile's father

Sim Tiger has a string of upcoming tournaments, starting with the European Tour in Scotland, next month.

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