Carl Peters
Sport Editor
2 minute read
20 Jul 2022
06:49

SA golfers on the hunt for glory either side of the English Channel

Carl Peters

Three South Africans will be tackling one of the most established women's tournaments, the Evian Championship in Évian-les-Bains, France.

SA golfer Oliver Bekker. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The majority of South Africa’s leading male and female golfers will be strutting their stuff on either side of the English Channel this week.

Following last weekend’s high-profile action in the British Open at St Andrews in Scotland, Oliver Bekker and Thriston Lawrence are among 10 “Saffers” listed in the field for the Cazoo Classic teeing off in England on Thursday.

The tournament, also known as the English Open, is taking place at Hillside Golf Club in Southport and its prize fund is €1,75 million (approximately R30 million).

The course is viewed as being relatively short but one of the better links layouts in England.

This is the 22nd event of the 2021/22 schedule of the European Tour, which is branded as the DP World Tour.

On the other side of the English Channel, three South Africans will be tackling one of the most established women’s tournaments, the Evian Championship in Évian-les-Bains, France.

Ashleigh Buhai, Lee-Anne Pace and Paula Reto will be hunting for a share of the event’s very lucrative purse of $6,5 million (approximately R111 million) on the Evian Resort course in the Alps, close to Lake Geneva.

This major LPGA Tour tournament also sees Jennifer Kupcho bidding to become the first American female to win two majors in a single season this century, having won the Chevron Championship in California, U.S., in April.

The LPGA has five major championships in the season, one more than the men’s scene.

Meanwhile, five America-based South African men will be competing in the 3M Open on the PGA Tour at TPC Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from Thursday.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Dylan Frittelli, Garrick Higgo, Dawie van der Walt and Erik van Rooyen go shooting for points and prize money in this third-last tournament of the 2021/22 PGA regular season.

The purse is $7,5 million (roughly R128 million).