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The European Tour will move to South Africa this week where the action will come to your from the Pretoria Country Club. The 7,053 yard par 70 course is a new venue and the total prize money on offer is South African Rands 18.5 million.
The winners share for this upcoming tournament will be Euros 1.5 million. When a tournament comes to a new venue, who comes out on top is anybody’s guess really. However, a look at the performances of some of the players on the field who have competed here in the Vodacom Championship gives us some hints as to what to expect here.
The list shows that the traditionally better players on tour have more or less performed well here while the locals have often outshone the rest of the competition. The course looks like one of those which should serve the bombers well and one feels that the players who have that part of their game well covered are sure to get richer by the end of the week by some way. One can expect quite a few birdies around this place if Hennie Otto’s winning score of -28 in the 2010 Vodacom Championship is anything to go by.
Posted: 28th February 2013
On the European Tour this week, the Tshwane Open will be held, from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March. This European Tour event is worth 1,500,000 Euros and it will be played at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate, which is in Centurion, South Africa. This tournament will be followed by the World Golf Championship, Cadillac Championship, at the Doral Golf resort and Spa in Florida in the United States. That tournament happens March 7th through the 10th and it will be for $8,750,00. Other upcoming events include the Avantha Masters and the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The most recently played tournament on the European Tour that has finished was the Africa Open, which was from February 14th to the 17th. It was at the East London Golf Club in Eastern Cape, South Africa, and was held for 1,000,000 Euros. It was won by Darren Fichardt, who had a final score of 272 and sixteen under. Right now, Richard Sterne leads the Race to Dubai standings, current with 521,389 Euros. Scott Jamieson from Scotland is in second followed by Louis Oosthuizen. Charl Swartzel and Jamie Donaldson are fourth and fifth.
Tags: European Tour
, Pretoria Country Club
, Hennie Otto
, Tshwane Open
, Darren Fichardt
, Richard Sterne