Strong SA challenge chasing glory at Leopard Creek


Christiaan Bezuidenhout


Christiaan Bezuidenhout

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A robust South African draw once more will collect at Leopard Creek for this yr’s Alfred Dunhill Championship from 26-29 November as they search to return the well-known bronze leopard trophy as rapidly as further to dwelling soil following victories by overseas golfers for the sooner two years.

The 4 European Tour winners of Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Brandon Stone, George Coetzee and Dean Burmester will spearhead the hunt for a South African winner of this prestigious championship following remaining yr’s victory by Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and the 2018 triumph by American David Lipsky.

Larrazabal has confirmed that he’ll return to defend the title he gained in spectacular vogue remaining yr as he battled by the use of blisters on the final phrase phrase day to say his fifth European Tour title.

Nonetheless the South Africans are as decided as ever to reclaim their dominance of this championship, and on a golf course that’s near all of their hearts.

“Leopard Creek is one among my favorite capabilities worldwide, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship is probably going one amongst many tournaments I’d favor to win simply because it is carried out at such a selected course,” talked about Bezuidenhout, who is presently the right ranked South African all by the use of the Alfred Dunhill Championship self-discipline at 58th on the earth.

The youthful star will heads to Leopard Creek after competing in his first Masters, and with the boldness of a sturdy effectivity on the PGA Tour this yr the place he made the inside the low cost of in seven of the 10 tournaments he carried out, together with 4 top-25 finishes.

After claiming his maiden European Tour title all by the use of the Andalucia Masters in 2019, Bezuidenhout began the yr with a win in February’s Dimension Information Skilled-Am and went on to interrupt into the right on the Official World Golf Rankings.

“I get further cosy with the place my sport is at and my swing, and your full setting of getting pleasurable with on the European Tour and PGA Tour and having pleasurable with with the right avid avid gamers on the earth,” he talked about.

Stone is probably looking out for to be a part of Charl Schwartzel and Pablo Martin due to the one plenty of winners of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, and is relishing the prospect of returning to Leopard Creek and the golf course’s distinctive setting on the banks of the Crocodile River overlooking the magnificent Kruger Nationwide Park.

“I’ve at all times hottest this event and this golf course. It is a event I will play for the remainder of my occupation. To have the flexibleness to have my title on that trophy is restricted,” he talked about.

The enchantment to of Leopard Creek is an equally sturdy present of inspiration for Coetzee and Burmester.

“Each South African participant likes to return as rapidly as further to Leopard Creek. The sensation you get from the course, considerably with the views from among the many many many many holes, is solely unbelievable. There’s nothing else on the earth which can take a look at to it. You get Pebble Seashore with the ocean, St Andrews with the historic earlier, nonetheless you then get Leopard Creek and the wildlife. I will journey from anyplace on the earth to return to play on this occasion,” talked about Coetzee.

The 2020 Alfred Dunhill Championship is probably carried out for R29 million in prize cash, making it the richest occasion on the Sunshine Tour this season.

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