When: January 11-14, 2018
Where: Glendower Golf Club, Gauteng, South Africa
Format: Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Graeme Storm
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel
The European Tour starts to get into full swing again, as the odds for the BMW South African Open Championship will heat up, as players travel to the Glendower Golf Club, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 11-14, 2018 and will be the host to the first European golf event of the new year. The BMW SA Open is one of the oldest golf tournaments, that has been played evey year attracking both the professional and amateur players, the first ever was in 1903. The event was the flagship tournament on the Sunshine Tour before becoming co-sanctioned by the European Tour in 1997.
Set to take place on a challenging golf course, that sit's amidst gorgeous surroundings. This Golf Club is an exquisitely designed, highly ranked parkland golf course in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The field consist of 156 player both professional and amateur. The competition will be decided over 72 holes of stroke play. All contestants participate in the first two rounds. On conclusion of the second round there will be a cut to the 65th-placed professional and those tying. In the event of a tie for first place, there will be a sudden-death playoff on holes to be determined by the Tournament Director.
In 2017, Graeme Storm surprised everyone by beating Rory McIlroy in a playoff. It was quite a turnaround for the veteran Storm who three months earlier had lost his playing status. The win was the ninth for Storm and first since 2008.
The list of past champions is impressive. Henrik Stenson, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh and Bob Charles all have etched their name on the trophy, but it’s legends Gary Player and Ernie Els who have won it the most; Player 13 times and Els five.
The 107th BMW SA Open, hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, gets started this week and host Ernie Els got a few of his friends to show up to give the tournament a much needed boast. Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace and major winner Retief Goosen headline the betting field. The event is one of the smaller ones on the European Tour so it’s nice to see Schwartzel and Grace show up to elevate the talent level. Continue...
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Chris Paisley became the third Englishman in the past four years to win the BMW South African Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni with his three-stroke victory at Glendower Golf Club.
Paisley withstood a strong challenge from world number 30 Branden Grace and closed with a 66 to finish on 21 under par.
Grace took second place on 18 under par after a final round of 68. The South African was looking to add to his victory in November’s Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.
After a fast start to his final round in which he birdied the first and then eagled the second, Grace had a one-stroke lead over Paisley.
But he double-bogeyed the sixth to drop two behind Paisley. The Englishman then moved three clear of Grace with a birdie on the seventh and continued to play composed golf, not dropping a single shot on his way to the title.
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