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2019 South African Open


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#1 QEight

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:33 AM

For some reason they are playing in groups of six. Does anybody know the reason for that, the weather?

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:15 AM

^^ I see that on europeantour.com but surely its a mistake. It's likely a two tee start setup and it hasn't been added to the site correctly so it looks like 6 where I think its actually 3 are off 1 tee and the other 3 are off 10 tee.

Edited by OldTomMorris, 05 December 2018 - 05:25 AM.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:54 AM

View PostQEight, on 05 December 2018 - 04:33 AM, said:

For some reason they are playing in groups of six. Does anybody know the reason for that, the weather?

Randpark has 2 golf courses (Bushwillow & Firethorn). They are using both for the first 2 rounds.
So they will play as 3balls, at the same tee time but on the different course (hope that mad sense).

Love both coursers - Firethorn is probably the tougher of the 2, but Bushwillow is also a test. I will try go on Sat & Sunday. It's been blazing hot though lately.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 06:03 AM

View Posts1mZ, on 05 December 2018 - 05:54 AM, said:

View PostQEight, on 05 December 2018 - 04:33 AM, said:

For some reason they are playing in groups of six. Does anybody know the reason for that, the weather?

Randpark has 2 golf courses (Bushwillow & Firethorn). They are using both for the first 2 rounds.
So they will play as 3balls, at the same tee time but on the different course (hope that mad sense).

Love both coursers - Firethorn is probably the tougher of the 2, but Bushwillow is also a test. I will try go on Sat & Sunday. It's been blazing hot though lately.

Oh I forgot that. I guess they did the same last year, if I now remember correctly.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:13 AM

Now they have a new tee time list showing courses.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:27 AM

Imagine how long a sixball would take to get round?!
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:29 AM

View PostMattyO1984, on 05 December 2018 - 07:27 AM, said:

Imagine how long a sixball would take to get round?!

That is one of the reasons I asked...
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:57 AM

Justin Harding to win.

He is playing well this year.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:39 AM

Els is currently tied for the lead.

I know it is early but it should be noted :lol:

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:53 AM

One of the most beautiful trophies in golf, pitty it's such a small event. It was also the event that brought back Stenson to the elite of the game ;)


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:48 PM

Kurt Kitayama is having a dream start on the ET.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:05 PM

Top 3 finishers not already qualified in the top 10 will earn a spot in the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush.

Only Oosthuizen, Wallace, Els, Papadatos, Norris and Stone are currently in the field.

Like the Australian Open, this is the designated big event for the Sunshine Tour. Despite the SoF of just 81, the tournament winner gets 32 OWGR points.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:23 AM

A great event with so much history. Love the courses....and the weather....hmmm a tad jealous...

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:05 AM

Red clay makes for some good tasting wine but not sure how the red sand bunkers play. Optics look good

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:54 PM

https://en.wikipedia...harl_Schwartzel

South African tournament specialist.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 05:08 AM

^^ Yet the SA Open has eluded him. Should have a good chance this weekend.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 07:54 PM

View PostOldTomMorris, on 08 December 2018 - 05:08 AM, said:

^^ Yet the SA Open has eluded him. Should have a good chance this weekend.

The title has also alluded Oosthuizen as well.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 04:32 AM

Oosthuizen is absolutely bombing it, long & straight, off the tee at the moment. Looking good.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:12 AM

Course looks really nice.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:11 AM

Louis might have the first win with Ping Blueprint irons?  Don't know about the other tours.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:09 AM

Nice for Louis to win his home Open.

Such an odd player. Swings it so nice, looks like he does everything well and a record of one major and second place finishes in all of the other majors should signal a Hall of Fame potential career but beyond The Open win which amazingly is 8 years ago now, there are no wins on his resume that makes you sit up and take notice.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 12:53 PM

Louis is an easy guy to like and root for.  Whenever you see him swing he looks like he should be leading every event he's in.  This win obviously meant a lot to him.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 01:26 PM

Well done Louis Oosthuizen on winning your home Open . Definitely deserved and well played .

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:24 PM

Louis will move up to #25 in the world.

Someone was talking about his lack of strong wins, this is (in OWGR points terms) the fifth biggest win of his career. Other than his British Open, the other big wins were two Volvo Champions (a T of C for Europe played in South Africa) and the Malaysian Open.

Charl Schwartzel, Romain Langasque and Oliver Wilson are now qualified for the British Open.

Brendan Grace had a high enough finish to almost assure him finishing the year in the Top 50. That would qualify him for the 2019 Masters.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:35 PM

One of the very best swings on tour, imho. Also, seems to be a stand-up guy. Congrats, Louis.

PS  lookin hard at Ping irons. May have to wait for these Blueprints.


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Posted Yesterday, 02:10 AM

For some reason to me it appears golf is not Oosthuizen's main priority in life.

But he is awfully good at it.

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Posted Yesterday, 02:22 AM

View PostiBanesto, on 10 December 2018 - 02:10 AM, said:

For some reason to me it appears golf is not Oosthuizen's main priority in life.

But he is awfully good at it.
I think Pete Cowen said in an interview that golf always comes third for Louis.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:06 AM

View PostGolfingfanatic, on 10 December 2018 - 02:22 AM, said:

View PostiBanesto, on 10 December 2018 - 02:10 AM, said:

For some reason to me it appears golf is not Oosthuizen's main priority in life.

But he is awfully good at it.
I think Pete Cowen said in an interview that golf always comes third for Louis.

1. His family
2. His farm
3. Golf

3rd priority.

Still has a major and 4 2nd places in majors. Not bad.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:17 AM

View PostGolfingfanatic, on 10 December 2018 - 02:22 AM, said:

View PostiBanesto, on 10 December 2018 - 02:10 AM, said:

For some reason to me it appears golf is not Oosthuizen's main priority in life.

But he is awfully good at it.
I think Pete Cowen said in an interview that golf always comes third for Louis.

1. His family
2. His farm
3. Golf

Good on him, I wish winning his home Open meant as much to Jason Day.

I always think its gotta be more difficult as the years roll by (kids get to high school age) to live in the US, when the pull of home is strong.

Geoff Ogilvy at 41 (another 1 major guy) is packing up and coming home.

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Posted Yesterday, 11:49 AM

View PostMalvern, on 10 December 2018 - 05:17 AM, said:

View PostGolfingfanatic, on 10 December 2018 - 02:22 AM, said:

View PostiBanesto, on 10 December 2018 - 02:10 AM, said:

For some reason to me it appears golf is not Oosthuizen's main priority in life.

But he is awfully good at it.
I think Pete Cowen said in an interview that golf always comes third for Louis.

1. His family
2. His farm
3. Golf

Good on him, I wish winning his home Open meant as much to Jason Day.

I always think its gotta be more difficult as the years roll by (kids get to high school age) to live in the US, when the pull of home is strong.

Geoff Ogilvy at 41 (another 1 major guy) is packing up and coming home.

This was Louis first appearance at the South African Open since 2010.

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