26.8.2019 08:14 am
‘It’s too good,’ enthuses the 29-year-old South African.
South African Erik van Rooyen birdied the final hole to grab his maiden European Tour title by beating Matthew Fitzpatrick by one shot at the Scandinavian Invitational on Sunday.
He will now play his golf as a Slovak and is likely to represent the eastern European country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
He’s the first foreigner to win in Malelane since 2010.
The 25-year-old has the extra incentive of being the defending champion at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
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.