It’s with a fashion of immense gratitude that Pablo Larrazabal has arrived at a Leopard Creek course he calls paradise to defend his Alfred Dunhill Championship title.
Remaining yr, the Spaniard battled by means of a closing spherical of intense warmth and extreme blisters on his method to victory on this European Tour and Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event. This yr, he’s efficiently conscious of the larger draw back obtainable available on the market, and that to easily be capable of play event golf on this spectacular setting is a victory in itself.
“We’re lucky as golfers to have the ability to come back again to locations akin to this on the top of this yr. We’re so fortunate. It won’t matter how efficiently we play this week, it is nonetheless most likely the best week of the yr. It is a dream to return correct proper right here and play the sport of golf,” he talked about.
“It was particular the way in which during which by which every little issue occurred remaining yr on this place that I title paradise. Every little issue I like in life is true proper right here. Among the many greatest in nature and possibly the best golf course makes Leopard Creek a dream place for me.”
Larrazabal is hoping to develop to be the third back-to-back winner of this championship after fellow Spaniard Pablo Martin and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel.
However he faces a subject equally in awe of this iconic golf course that shares this setting with the untamed wilderness of the Kruger Nationwide Park, and equally decided to income from it.
Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard is looking for a spot in Alfred Dunhill golf historic earlier as solely the second participant after Branden Grace to presumably do the double of worthwhile the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
“It is a privilege to be correct proper right here. I actually really feel any golfer that has carried out correct proper right here realises how particular it’s to be as soon as extra. I am very comfortable to be as soon as extra and hopefully I can be part of Branden in that elite group,” he talked about.
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The South African draw back is a strong one, together with Joburg Open runner-up Wilco Nienaber, current European Tour winners Garrick Higgo and George Coetzee, 2020 Masters debutant Christiaan Bezuidenhout, and former Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Brandon Stone.
“You understand, you drive by means of the gates correct proper right here and arrive at what feels similar to the cradle of golf. You are merely stuffed with awe and inspiration for the week forward,” talked about Stone.
The Leopard Creek course is definitely set to provide precisely the difficulty many inside the subject are looking for.
“The course is having enjoyable with tons utterly completely completely different to what it did remaining yr,” talked about Higgo. “It is tons softer and the sturdy feels a bit shorter to me.”
“The golf course is in good state of affairs and I am wanting ahead to it,” added Scotland’s newest European Tour champion, Robert MacIntyre.
“It is a extremely efficient try of golf. That is one among many causes I travelled out correct proper right here to play on this occasion. That is solely a nice golf course, and it is a form of weeks that if you happen to knuckle down and if you happen to play efficiently you are going to be right in there.”
– Sunshine Tour