Though you wouldn’t say it given the 35-year-old’s surge up the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The extraordinary birdie was part of a run of four successive birdies from the 10th that ensured the 36-year-old Spaniard will go into the weekend with a three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Champs.
The experienced 36-year-old had to abruptly give up on the sport for seven months, destroying the momentum of a fine start to 2019. Yet Leopard Creek might give a reprieve.
Not all of the participants were comfortable wearing shorts at the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Champs, despite a special exception being made for the Lowveld heat.
A winner here in 2014, he combined power with experience.
That the duo are both previous winners of the Alfrend Dunhill Championship obviously also helps.

One year on, Johann Rupert’s grass looks far greener

Leopard Creek’s revamp in 2017 led to a muted response by the pros. Now, Ernie Els and co are raving over this year’s Alfred Dunhill Champs experience already.

It’s all in the wrist this week for Schwartzel in Malelane

The answers on chronic nerve problems haven’t come yet, but he’s ready to see whether he can get back into action at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The six amateurs set for 2020 SA Open

It’s certainly a talented field.

Lombard shows the steel worthy of a champion

The 24-year-old from Pretoria recovers impressively from a dodgy start to the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to place himself perfectly for glory.

‘One of my best days ever’ – Zander sizzles to the Nedbank challenge summit

The 24-year-old overcomes a nervy start to card a 65 that Louis Oosthuizen believes was even better than his opening 63.

Tough as nails! Oosthuizen deals with kidney stones in racing to Nedbank lead

Interestingly, his condition might played in his favour during a magnificent opening round of 63.

Sun City could deliver more nasty surprises than just a Spitting Cobra

That’s why Lee Westwood and co are very much aware that just one lapse can prove ‘fatal’ in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Gutted Van Rooyen makes peace with Els’ ‘right decision’

But SA’s most consistent golfer in 2019 can prove the Big Easy a point at Sun City this weekend.

‘Old hand’ Ernie is back at Sun City

The looming President’s Cup might be on the Big Easy’s mind, but he’s nonetheless excited to be at Africa’s major.

Five South Africans to keep an eye on in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Five South Africans to keep an eye on in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Locals haven’t exactly won Africa’s major consistently the past few years, but the challenge is strong in 2019.

WATCH: Another hole-in-one for Louis Oosthuizen!

It’s the third ace of the local golfing hero’s career … but if you think that’s a big number, you’re mistaken.

Amazing Grace up for the Challenge

SA’s last winner at Sun City is hoping to repeat the feat.

Van Rooyen claims breakthrough win in Sweden

‘It’s too good,’ enthuses the 29-year-old South African.

Frittelli flying SA flag after first round at The Open

The 29-year-old is certainly making the best of a last-gasp invitation to the hallowed Major.




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