Van Rooyen set for Open debut at Carnoustie in July

They might have failed to win last week’s rain-affected Joburg Open, but South Africans Erik van Rooyen and Shaun Norris left Randpark Golf Club extremely happy as their second and third-place finishes guaranteed the pair spots at next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie. Despite the dominant win by India’s Shubhankar Sharma, Van Rooyen was always […]

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Simple for Sharma in three-shot Joburg Open win

India’s Shubhankar Sharma made it look all terribly simple as he eased his way to a three-stroke victory on Monday in the Joburg Open, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the European Tour and Asian Tour. He carded a final-round three-under-par 69 on the Firethorn course at Randpark Golf Club as the players returned to complete […]

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Van Rooyen chases hard as rain intervenes

The weather intervened in a fascinating final-round battle in the Joburg Open on Sunday where India’s Shubhankar Sharma still held a four-stroke lead, but with 11 holes still to be played, he could not be assured of his maiden professional title. With no play possible for the rest of the day, the tournament will resume […]

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Serene Sharma sails to 5-shot Joburg lead

It was as clinical a display as has been seen in the Joburg Open as India’s Shubankar Sharma eased his way clear of the chasing pack in the third round on Saturday to take a yawning five-stroke lead into the final round. The 21-year-old Asian Tour player fired a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 on the Firethorn […]

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‘Big’ Sishen win boosts Du Plessis’ Joburg confidence

Hennie du Plessis says his dramatic maiden Sunshine Tour win at the Vodacom Origins of Golf in Sishen where he defeated Ockie Strydom at the fourth play-off hole injected more confidence into his game. But he admits he still has a lot to work on to become a force in local and international golf. He […]

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Pulkkanen pulls a low one out of the hat

Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen was in scintillating form in round two of the Joburg Open where he charged to a flawless eight-under-par 64 to total 14-under and take a one-shot lead into the weekend at Randpark Golf Club. The rest of the players will have to wait overnight for the completion of the second round after […]

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Family support key to Norris’ Asian success

Following his four-stroke victory over South Korea’s Park Jun-won and Japan’s Azuma Yano in the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open that was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour in February last year, Shaun Norris decided to ply his trade in Japan. “Initially I just wanted to play well and see where that took […]

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