South African Open Preview

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN PREVIEW

Winter has arrived, the weather has turned, rain, wind and dark evenings are the name of the game. That being said the European Tour heads to the Southern Hemisphere to play the events left in the 2018 calendar year. 

This week it’s the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg at Randpark Golf Club. As you would expect the field is littered with South Africans including Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace. They will enjoy the rare time they get to play big tournaments in their home country. 

Alongside the names mentioned above, it is hard to forget the other South African names in the field, Brandon Stone, Dylan Frittelli and Hadyn Porteous. They have all made impressive starts to their respective European Tour Careers. All have won at least twice on the European Tour and will be looking to add to their tally of titles this week. 

Randpark Golf Club hosts this week, the course is at altitude so accuracy will be what players are after this week and not distance as the ball will travel further than usual. Well placed bunkers and water hazards frame the course well and give players an intimidating view for certain shots. Expect the winner this week to have had a very good ball striking week. 

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Matt Wallace: A four-time winner on the European Tour, he narrowly missed out on a Wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup. He has set his stool out very early that he wants to qualify very early for the next Ryder Cup, this will take a huge effort from him. But he’s capable of such a feat, a short time ago he wasn’t even on the European Tour, now he’s in the World Top 50. Keep an eye on Matt Wallace. 

Louis Oosthuizen: Owner of one of the best golf swings on the planet. He finished third at the Nedbank Challenge a couple of weeks ago, clearly in form, it is only a matter of time before he wins again on the European Tour. 

Bernd Wiesberger: He returns from injury this week, a classy player with power to burn. If he gets his putter working he will be dangerous on this course this week. 

Dylan Frittelli: He has now secured his membership on the PGA Tour, but I don’t think we lose him to the US. He is a dangerous player with talent oozing out of every pore.