8.11.2018 07:59 pm
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.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel said on Thursday after a solid opening round of four-under-par 68 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge that he is gaining confidence from playing at home, but the Gary Player Country Club course also does not make many birdies very available, so it is tough going at Sun City.
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.
Familiar faces headline local golf’s challenge at this weekend’s PGA Championship.
The South African jokingly told his caddie: ‘Let’s have a finish for the crowds at least.’
12 representatives have been whittled down to five but it’s far from doom and gloom.
The rather un-fancied duo of Zander Lombard and Erik van Rooyen put the bigger names to shame in finishing the first round at Carnoustie in joint second place.
It will be a family affair of sorts at Carnoustie.
Local golfers aren’t exactly being talked up ahead of this weekend’s third major of the year but last weekend’s events at the Scottish Open has given some hope.
Harding took part in the $500,000 tournament as an invitee and will take up Asian Tour membership following his win.
The number tallies no less than eleven.