18th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Coetzee leads SA efforts in Morocco
George Coetzee, whose record in three appearances on Moroccan soil speaks for itself, can do better than he has done before when he tees up for the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, on Thursday.
There is no doubt that the 2017-18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner has found a recipe for success in the northern part of the African continent which shows by his three top 11 finishes, although they were all at different courses.
The 2018 Tshwane Open champion – that was his fourth European Tour title – goes to Morocco his confidence high following his fourth-place finish in the Open de Espana which put him four shots behind the winner Jon Rahm on Sunday.
A superb final round of 63 there was Coetzee’s ninth sub-70 round in his previous 12 and gives him an impressive scoring average of 67.6 in that period. Only Tommy Fleetwood (14) has had more top-10s since the start of 2017 than Coetzee (11); the signs are stacking up that this could be yet another good week for the Pretoria Country Club player, says the European Tour website.
Another South African in the field with Coetzee is the 2017 Hainan Open winner Erik van Rooyen who is also performing well. He’s been particularly strong with the irons and is currently second in greens in regulation this season on the European Tour, hitting 78.7% in 24 rounds.
Van Rooyen started the year in South Africa on a good note as he finished tied 18th in the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February and that was followed by 10th the Tshwane Open last month.