The majority of our local talent will be on show in Dubai at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club, with 11 South Africans in the field. Two further South Africans will be plying their trade at TPC Scottsdale at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona on the PGA Tour, and three South Africans and a Brazilian will be in the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open at Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club, Yangon.
Here is a more in-depth look at who to look out for in the coming week.
Louis Oosthuizen – Oosthuizen will be looking to build on his impressive start to 2016 after a T7 finish at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Known for his electrifying form early in the season, Emirates Golf Club could be a happy hunting ground for the smooth swinging man from Mossel Bay.
Ernie Els – The only player to win the tournament on three occasions, Els knows what it takes to win in the desert. With some impressive stats last week at the Qatar Masters, which include finishing second in greens in regulation, Ernie’s game looks to be coming together. With a solid display on the putting surfaces, Els could certainly be the fourth South African winner this year.
George Coetzee – Finishing alongside Oosthuizen at the Qatar Masters with a T7 finish, Coetzee seems to have put his ankle injury behind him. As Coetzee gets more tournament golf under his belt, the performances are improving, and hopefully this week he can continue that improvement and do the country proud in Dubai.
Eight other South Africans will be teeing it up in the desert at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. These include Trevor Immelman, Haydn Porteous, Brandon Stone, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Hennie Otto, Darren Fichardt, Richard Sterne and Thriston Lawrence.
Notably not in the field this week in Dubai is Charl Schwartzel. Schwartzel has missed the last three events of the season with an unfortunate stomach illness. Having been in and out of hospital, Schwartzel has recovered and will be in the field at next week’s Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club.
Retief Goosen – Having missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, Goosen will be looking to improve on his performance at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. With a T4 finish at the BMW SA Open, Goosen still has the game to challenge at the highest level and this week we hope to see him doing so.
Tyrone Van Aswegen – With the Farmers Insurance Open delayed due to inclement weather and a Monday finish on the cards, Van Aswegen sees himself tied for 57th through 11 holes in his final round. Hopefully a few birdies on Monday can see him finish strongly and carry some good form into this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Shaun Norris, Keith Horne and Jbe’ Kruger are the South Africans in action in Myanmar, and veteran Sunshine Tour member Adilson Da Silva from Brazil via Ballito will join them.