Who Is Daniel Van Tonder's Wife?

Who Is Daniel Van Tonder's Wife?

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Who is Daniel Van Tonder's wife? We take a look here.

Who Is Daniel Van Tonder's Wife?

Daniel met his wife Abi, at the Nelson Mandela Championship in 2013, with Van Tonder walking up to her coffee station on the driving range at Mount Edgecombe.

“He came over and bought a coffee from me, and started a conversation, we're both speaking Afrikaans, but I spoke English to him because to be honest I wasn’t really interested.

“He came to buy a coffee quite early and I wasn’t actually open yet. I told him he needed to wait for his change.

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Van Tonder and Abi at the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“He told me he’d wait for a pretty face anytime and we just kept in contact from there. Then we started dating in 2014, and the following year we were engaged.”

After the pair's engagement, Abi started caddying for her husband, with Van Tonder saying after his Kenya Classic victory in 2021: "She’s been on the bag for seven years. She’s been with me through thick and thin. It was very special to see the highs coming together and sharing them.

“It’s very exciting. We’ve been working hard. It took a while, but it came and I’m very happy – my wife is over the moon. I’m very happy and grateful.

“Work hard. Keep your head down, be humble. I love my wife, she’s the rock. She keeps me calm, makes me positive in everything.”

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Van Tonder and Abi after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole at the 2021 Open Championship. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

With Van Tonder qualifying for The Open, he would sit inside the top-10 going into the weekend; once again praising the work that Abi does on the bag.

“I give my wife a lot of credit. Sometimes she gets cross with me when I get cross with myself, but she does 90 percent of everything. All I do is grip it and hit the thing."She gives me good advice. She tells me the yardages. She tells me to ‘keep it straight.’ She tells me to see a mark and trust my draw. She could caddie for anyone. But they won’t pay as good as me.”

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x