THE Tshwane Open is the eighth and final tournament on the 2014 European Tour schedule to be held on South African soil.
Defending champion Dawie Van der Walt and recent European Tour winners George Coetzee and Thomas Aiken will lead a strong home presence at the second edition of event, held at the Ernie Els designed Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Centurion– which at 7,964 yards is the longest course in European Tour history.
South Africans have won five of the seven events held on their home soil this season, with Aiken (Africa Open), Coetzee (Joburg Open) and Van der Walt (Nelson Mandela Championship) being joined in the winners’ enclosure by Major Champions Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who successfully defended their titles at the Volvo Golf Champions and Alfred Dunhill Championship, respectively.
Van der Walt will now aim to emulate the achievements of his illustrious compatriots by winning the Tshwane Open for a second successive season, having captured his debut European Tour title by two shots from fellow South African Darren Fichardt 12 months ago. The 31 year old is also bidding to become the first South African to win his first three European Tour titles on home soil.
We have a sneaking suspicious that whoever lifts the championship trophy on Sunday will in fact be a South African. It certainly won’t be an Aussie, as none are taking part, but there are plenty of other regular European Tour players of other nationalities who will be hoping to break the local stranglehold on trophies.
Australian coverage on Fox Sports beginning Thursday 10.30pm – 1.30am
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