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13 SA golfers raising flags at the 2021 British Open

The· The 149th British Open On Thursday at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, Kent.

This year 13 156 South Africans in the field.

South Africa last lifted the famous Claret Jug in 2012. Ernie Els I won with a single blow at Royal Rizam & St Anne’s.

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South Africa’s Luis de Jaeger was scheduled to make a major debut this week, Withdraw after a positive test For Covid-19.

Sport24 will look at golfers raising the SA flag.

1. Ernie Els

Ernie Els (Getty Images)

Age-51

World Ranking-1247

Best Open-Victory (2002, 2012)

Els will be competing in Kent for the 30th British Open this week.

Els is currently competing in the PGA Tour Champions (golfers over the age of 50) and will make her debut on the main tour.

Since then, “The Big Easy” has won two titles, the 2020 Hoag Classic and the SAS Championship.

Els will start the opening round on Thursday at 10:03 am with American duo Gary Woodland and Amateur Call Hammer.

2. Louis Oosthuizen

Louis osthuizenLouis Oosthuizen (Getty Images)

Age-38

World Ranking-13

Best Open-Victory (2010)

Oosthuizen will be competing in the British Open as a top South African golfer.

The winner of the 2010 British Open Championship has been a star run so far this year and has runner-up in consecutive majors.

Last month, Oosthuizen struggled with a one-shot shortage of Spanish John Rahm to win the US Open title, hoping to eventually get over the line.

West Hazen’s main record is impressive, as he rarely misses a cut and wants to lift the claret jug again.

Oosthuizen will join the featured group at 10:58 SA time with Shane Lowry, the winner of the British Open, and Ram, the winner of the US Open.

3. Garrick Higo

Garrick HigoSouth African golfer Garrick Higgo (Getty Images) Getty Images Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Age-22

World Ranking-40

Best Open-Debut

Higo will make his debut at the British Open after being in the top 20 of the 2021 race to Dubai.

Higo’s achievements over the past few months have been staggering, winning two European tour titles in three weeks and his first PGA Tour title last month.

His last mother, Higo, shook his head when he came from behind to win the Palmetto Championship title in Congaree at the start of his second PGA Tour.

He missed the US Open cut last month and finished the T64 with his major debut at the PGA Championship.

Higo, along with American duos Brooks Koepka and Jason Kokrak, belong to another notable group at 09:03 SA time.

4. Christian Bezidenhout

Christian Beziden HoutSouth African Golfer Christian BezuidenhoutGetty Images Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Age-27

World Ranking-45

Best Open-Miscut (2019)

Bezidenhout has made four major appearances in a row and made his second open appearance.

Although not as successful as last year, Bezidenhout continues to trade on the PGA Tour and Europe Tour.

In the 21 tournaments he played this year, Bezidenhout made all the cuts. He wants to continue that record even after he misses the weekend at the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Bezidenhout will be paired in Round 1 at 08:30 SA time with last week’s PGA Tour winner Min Woolley and British Sam Horsfield.

5. Branden Grace

Branden GraceSouth African Golfer Branden Grace AFP Andy Lyons / Getty Images / AFP

Age-33

World Ranking-62

Best Open-T6 (2017)

After winning the South African Open, an event in the open qualifying series in January 2020, Grace will make her 10th open appearance and win the spot.

In February, Grace won her second PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open, but only missed two cuts throughout the season.

Grace finished fourth in the Memorial in the last three events and recorded a T7 at the US Open at Torrey Pines last month.

Grace, who made a big history by posting the first 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017, wants to ride his form at Royal St George’s this week.

Grace, along with American power duo Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau, is another notable pair to tee off in Round 1 at 10:25 SA time.

6. Daniel Van Tonda

Daniel van TondaSouth African Golfer Daniel Vantonder Getty Images Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Age-30

World Ranking-87

Best Open-Debut

Vantonda will make his open championship debut this week, thanks to his World Golf Rankings.

After a T44 at the PGA Championship on Kaiwar Island, Van Tonda missed the US Open last month.

This year he enjoyed the victory when he sealed his first European Tour title with a playoff victory at the Kenya Savannah Classic in April.

With his victory, he received a European Tour card, but since then he has been trading both on the Sunshine Tour and in Europe.

Vantonda will begin the opening round on Thursday with Thailand’s Atiwitt Jane Watananand and Dane’s Amateur Acrytofer.

8. Dean Blumester

Dean BlumesterSouth African Golfer Dean Burmester Getty Images Warren Little / Getty Images

Age-32

World Ranking-95

Best Open-Debut

Surprisingly, despite having participated in the two US Open Championships and the PGA Championship in May, he will be competing in Bermester’s first British Open Championship.

May was a solid month for Bermester as he broke the four-year victorious drought to conclude the Tenerife Open in Spain. He then recorded T4 and T6 at the Canary Islands Championship and British Masters, respectively.

His success helped him make it into the Top 100 and secure his position at The Royal St George’s.

Vermester will start Round 1 at 08:19 SA time with British duo Danny Willett and amateur Laird Shepherd.

7. Eric Van Loen

Eric Van LoenSouth African golfer Eric Van Loen (Getty) Getty Images

Age-31

World Ranking-96

Best Open-T17 (2018)

Van Loen will make his third open appearance after finishing in the top 30 in the final race to Dubai in 2019.

He hasn’t done the best so far, and in the last six tournaments Van Rooyen could only cut once a weekend.

However, Van Loen has been comfortable with his impressive open records this week, scoring two top 20 finishes in the 2018 Carnoustie and the 2019 Royal Portrush.

VanRooyen will tee off with American duo Harris English and Chez Reavie at 11:42 SA time in Round 1.

9. Dylan Frittelli

Dylan Frittelli South African Golfer Dylan Frittelli Getty Images Rob Carr / Getty Images

Age-31

World Ranking-106

Best Open-T32 (2019)

Fritelli participated in his four open championships and was his last-minute entry this week.

Although no qualifying was held, Fritelli was summoned as one of the reserves after three players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

Fritelli missed 11 cuts in 16 tournaments this year, so he didn’t have the season he wanted.

But he’ll gain momentum as he finished the T46 at the US Open last month.

Fritelli will start the opening round at 10:36 SA time with Brian Harman of the United States and Mackenzie Hughes of Canada.

10. Shaun Norris

Shaun NorrisSouth African Golfer Shaun Norris Gallo Images Tyrone Winfield / Sunshine Tour / Gallo Images

Age-39

World Ranking-118

Best Open-T61 (2018)

Norris will make his fourth appearance at the US Open and gain his position after a successful season on the Japan Golf Tour.

In May, Norris won the fifth Japan Golf Tour title at the Golf Partner Pro-Am Tournament.

In preparation for this week’s opening, Norris made two European Tour appearances, including a T5 finish at the BMW International Open last month.

Norris will start the opening round on Thursday at 15:26 SA with American duo Webb Simpson and Russell Henley.

11. Justin Harding

Justin HardingSouth African Golfer Justin HardingGetty Images Mateo Villalba / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images

Age-35

World Ranking-126

Best Open-T41 (2019)

Harding will make his third open appearance and play in his only major this year.

In March, Harding won his second European Tour title at the Kenya Open, showing some good performances in Europe.

He finished the T5 at the BMW International Open in Munich last month, but missed a cut at the Scottish Open last week.

Harding will be the first to tee off in South Africa at 7:46 am on Thursday, alongside Li Haotong of China and Chan Kim of the United States.

12.JC Ritchie

JC RitchieSouth African Golfer JC Ritchie Gallo Images Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

Age-27

World Ranking-233

Best Open-Debut

Ritchie will make her open championship debut and major debut thanks to the 2019 Sunshine Tour Order of Benefits.

Ritchie won the Sunshine Tour this year after winning the Cape Town Open in May at the Royal Cape.

Since then, he has taken a challenge tour, including a T9 finish, at Challenge de Espana last month.

Ritchie is paired with Swedish Alexander Noren and British Richard Mansell and will tee off Thursday at 8:08 am.

13. Jaco Arras

Jaco ArrasSouth African Golfer Jaco Ahlers Gallo Images Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

Age-38

World Ranking-243

Best Open-Miscut (2009)

The Allers will make their first major appearance in two years, teeing off at the second British Open this week.

He will make a welcome return since his missed cut at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course.

The Allers sealed the open spot in January 2020 after finishing the T4 at the South African Open.

The 38-year-old had a decent summer on the Sunshine Tour, played in eight events, and won two runners-up in the Serengeti Pro Amine Invitational in March and the Sunbet Challenge last month.

The Allers will tee off Thursday at 13:09 SA time with the American duo Troy Merritt and Adam Long.

Source: News24

13 SA golfers raising flags at the 2021 British Open

Source13 SA golfers raising flags at the 2021 British Open

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