Kent in south-eastern England, Greensboro in mid-east U.S. and Fife on Scotland’s east coast are the “hot spots” for South Africa’s leading male and female golfers across various tours this week.
Encouraged by Erik van Rooyen’s first American triumph at the Barracuda Championship in California on Monday morning (SA time), the “Saffas” will be teeing off on Thursday in different groups at the European Tour’s Cazoo Classic in Kent, the PGA’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro and the LPGA’s Scottish Women’s Open in Fife.
The Cazoo Classic is being staged on a Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage Course at the highly-rated London Golf Club and ends a swing of European Tour events in the United Kingdom.
The course is said to measure 7 308 yards (6 682 metres) and features plenty of water, dramatic tee shots and challenging approaches, making it a daunting layout.
Seven South Africans are registered to tackle the par-72 arrangement: Bryce Easton, Louis de Jager, Wilco Nienaber, Haydn Porteous, Daniel van Tonder, Justin Walters and Brandon Stone.
The prize pot there is €1,25 million.
Another five men from Mzansi will be trying their luck at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will be vying for a share of the $6,4 million purse on offer.
The tournament used to be known as the Greater Greensboro Open and is proud to be the PGA Tour’s sixth oldest regular event, having been launched in 1938.
The defending champion is Jim Herman, who won by one stroke over compatriot Billy Horschel to take the trophy, while the current field has reportedly been boosted by late entries from a set of Masters champions in Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.
Meanwhile, as many as five South African women will be teeing off in the Scottish Women’s Open at a new venue in Dumbarnie Links in Fife.
They are Stacy Lee Bregman, Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Buhai, Nicole Garcia and Paula Reto.
They are among 32 participants from the Tokyo Olympics seeking glory in Scotland this week, including the most recent Major winner, Minjee Lee from Australia.
The par is 71 and the prize money is $1,5 million from fresh title sponsor Trust Golf, a Thai-based technology company. The organisers are also proud to have 16 Major winners in the field, including defending champion Stacy Lewis from America, at this latest tournament venue.