13.6.2019 09:56 am
South Africa’s golfing legend will be teeing off with his promising nephew at Pebble Beach.
SA’s Ernie Els believes he has a special week in store as he prepares to tee it up at his 27th consecutive US Open Championship at Pebble Beach, California, starting on Thursday.
Johann Rupert’s course achieves the double whammy of being challenging to the professionals as well as accommodating for the average player.
The 2011 Masters champion has a superb record at Leopard Creek and wants to atone for a bad weekend at the SA Open.
He made a ropey start, but then showed immense class to finally claim the elusive local title.
And goes into the final round of the SA Open still holding a decent lead.
The Big Easy completed a superb third round at the SA Open and, to make it just that more special, he did so with his nephew as playing partner.
The 34-year-old once again shows his pedigree, but now he needs to find the consistency to build on this platform.
His great mate, co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, certainly won’t be resting on his laurels.
A whopping 240 players will converge on Randpark’s two courses as the world’s second oldest national open.
And a fine showing at the Nedbank Challenge suggests South Africa’s 36th world ranked player might very much be in contention.
He’s fallen agonisingly short twice in the South African Open. It’s time to change that.
Despite bowing the knee to a brilliant Lee Westwood, South Africa’s leading man in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge certainly could look back fondly at his efforts.
2012’s runner-up at Africa’s Major makes a fine start to finish joint second after the opening round, positively influencing his good friend Louis Oosthuizen too.
The Gary Player Country Club is undoubtedly the trickiest course the heavyweights at Africa’s Major encounter all year.