25.11.2020 04:53 pm
The main local challenge will come from Wilco Nienaber, Garrick Higgo, George Coetzee, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Brandon Stone.
It is with a sense of immense gratitude that Pablo Larrazabal has arrived at a Leopard Creek course he calls paradise to defend his Alfred Dunhill Championship title.
The return of the Joburg Open has been welcomed as a timely boost in a challenging year.
Making the cut and being in the top 10 at golf’s majors means big, big money for the South Africans.
Former SA Open winner feels his form is peaking at exactly the right time for his return to home fairways.
Sadly, there was no fun to be had by the former winner at Augusta National, who is an aviation fanatic.
Other well-known local players from the PGA and European Tours set to tee it up include Christiaan Bezuidenhout, George Coetzee, Brandon Stone, Justin Harding, Wilco Nienaber and Garrick Higgo.
The 19-year-old returns to the scene of his incredible performance in January’s South African Open.
Dylan Frittelli finished in a tie for fifth position, alongside Rory McIlroy.
The victory, by one shot, means he doesn’t have to qualify for the three big European Tour co-sanctioned events in the next month.
The players are the ones who have the most risk and if any of them get exposed then they’ll also be out of the Alfred Dunhill Champs and SA Open.
Leading local golfer George Coetzee said he would travel from anywhere in the world to play at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The Time Square Casino Challenge at Wingate Park Country Club will be followed by the Joburg Open, Alfred Dunhill Championship and the SA Open.
South Africa’s in-form golfer has now targeted the big European Tour co-sanctioned events.
“It really started gusting quite hard towards the last 30 minutes of the round. It was brutal. I can’t explain it,” said the now seven-time winner on tour.