9.12.2018 05:55 pm
He made a ropey start, but then showed immense class to finally claim the elusive local title.
Louis Oosthuizen ticked off a massive item on his wishlist when he conquered Randpark Golf Club to win the South African Open on Sunday, the man who celebrated his 36th birthday in October firing a classy 67 in the final round to finish on 18-under-par, six strokes clear of his nearest challenger.
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.
These are the men that could lead the local charge at this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, Africa’s Major.
The 28-year-old starts the Turkish Open in fine style, despite not having played a practice round.
The 25-year-old has had an excellent year, predominantly because he responds so well under pressure.
The South African golfing legend, who designed the Country Club originally, refurbished it at no cost,
As a result, the Joburg Open falls away as the Sunshine Tour tries to ‘lessen the burden’ on fatigued players.
Specifically, Lee Westwood returns to a tournament he dominated with his victories in 2010 and 2011.
Jacques Kallis and Fourie du Preez were considered peerless on cricket and rugby fields. Now they’re pretty damn good golfers too.
The 25-year-old wants to emulate Branden Grace in being a local winner of Africa’s major.
But the local drought in golfing majors continues.
Charl Schwartzel continued his impressive form at Bellerive but youngsters Branden Grace and Dylan Frittelli have also avoided the predictable fade of recent years.