A host of past winners will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them lift the trophy for the BMW SA Open Championship proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni once more. A total of eight former champions will be present at the 2016 championship being held at Glendower Golf Club.
The most successful of the contingent will be the player-host of the event, Ernie Els. The Big Easy has racked up an impressive five wins, with the first coming back in 1992, and the most recent at Durban Country Club in 2010. Trevor Immelman and Retief Goosen (pictured) are next in the pecking order, with two wins apiece. However, the most recent South African to lift the trophy is Hennie Otto, who achieved success at Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate in 2011.
Since Otto’s win, three Europeans have etched their names on the cup. Two of the three are back in the City of Ekurhuleni to give it another shot. Dane Morten Orum Madsen, and defending champion Andy Sullivan from England, will be hoping to match Immelman’s and Goosen’s tally of two victories each.
Others in the field with past triumphs include Namibian Trevor Dodds, winning in 1990 at Royal Cape, and South African Richard Sterne who won at Pearl Valley in 2008.
With an incredibly strong field, the past-winners have a tough task of gaining ground on Gary Player as the most successful player in the tournament’s history, with 13 victories over four decades.
Whether it is Els who moves up to six total victories, or Branden Grace who lifts the cup for the first time, or someone else, we’ll have to wait and see.