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Friday, July 10, 2020

Defending champion Justin Rose had a chance to move back to Number One in the World Rankings if he won the HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai.

He was outplayed on the final day though by both Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele. Schauffele is another young American in the mold of Justin Thomas, who is improving all the time, and there’s no doubt that he’s going to be winning lots more tournaments.

In China he birdied the last two holes to get into a play-off with Tony Finau, then birdied the first play-off hole to win.

Justin Rose bogeyed the last to finish third on 10-under while Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Andrew Putnam tied for fourth on 8-under.

Erik van Rooyen tied for 22nd on 1-over; Scott Vincent tied for 37th on 5-over; Branden Grace tied for 41st on 6-over; Justin Harding and Brandon Stone tied for 46th on 8-over; George Coetzee tied for 50th on 9-over; Oliver Bekker tied for 69th on 16-over and JC Ritchie finished 76th on 22-over.

I found this very interesting…
The number of European Tour wins by Country: -

England – 330
US – 221
Spain – 183
South Africa – 146
Scotland - 137
Australia – 130
Sweden - 110
Germany – 66
Northern Ireland – 58
Ireland - 51

It’s a little bit skewed in so much as the Majors and World Golf Champions are counted and they are mostly played in America. If you subtracted them, South Africa would be third on that list, which is seriously impressive given the size of our golfing market.

Seve Ballesteros – 50
Bernhard Langer – 42
Tiger Woods – 40
Colin Montgomerie – 31
Nick Faldo - 30
Ian Woosnam - 29
Ernie Els - 28

Again most of Tiger’s wins are the 14 majors and the World Golf Championships he’s won, so they weren’t “genuine” European Tour events.

Justin Rose had the best over-all scoring in the four majors this year.

  Masters US Open Open US PGA Total
Justin Rose
Rickie Fowler
Tony Finau
Tommy Fleetwood
Francesco Molinari

A Scotty Cameron Putter as used by by Tiger Woods was sold for $ 50,000 at an auction. It’s a 21-year old Anser style putter.

This is how quickly fortunes can change in professional golf. Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell all won on the PGA Tour a few years ago and now none of them have Tour Cards. They all finished out of the Top 125.

15 on 15 in 5 Challenge – Tues, 11th to Sat, 15th December

I love the Nomads! Just check this out…

Carl Potgieter, Brent Lyall, Rob Larsen and Werner Theart (all WP Nomads) and their manager Ken Walker, have set a goal to raise R 500,000.00 for CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa) by playing 15 rounds of golf on 15 different golf courses in 5 consecutive days in Cape Town this December. That’s 270 holes of golf in just 5 days!

They have to walk 36 holes a day and are only permitted to take a cart for one round so they will walk 180 of the 270 holes that will be played!

You can get involved in this very worthy cause by doing one, or all, of the following things:

1. Make a donation by clicking on this link.
2. Sponsor the team, e.g. payments per birdie or per 3-pointer. There will be live scoring to track their progress.
3. Give them a shout to enquire about other sponsorship opportunities that are available
4. Contact them to buy a raffle ticket to win a new TaylorMade golf bag and a set of M4 irons. Tickets are R100 each.

CHOC has all the relevant registrations and documentation for BBBEE Scorecard requirements and are also able to give 18.2 donation tax certificates for individuals should you need one.

You can follow the build-up and the event on their Facebook page.

Contact Ken Walker on 079-509-1011, or Carl Potgieter on / 082 462-0779.

Marc Leishman won his fourth PGA Tour title at the CIMB Classic (11th to 14th Oct) at TPC Kuala Lumpur with a tournament course record equalling score: - "I feel unbelievable right now. I knew that even though I got off to a good start, I still needed to grind because there's some tough holes out there. Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It's great to get back in the winner's circle, excited to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this."

Eddie Pepperell persevered and won his second title of the season at the Sky Sports British Masters (11th to 14th Oct) at Walton Heath: “It's brilliant…It was such a tough day with the conditions. I didn't swing it very well from the get-go and it was really hard then to find it. It was an absolute grind for four or five hours. It just shows how important it is to build a lead when things are going well for you. I'm delighted to go wire-to-wire, especially at this event, I'm over the moon.”

Laura Davies won her second Senior major of the year at the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank (15th to 17th Oct) : “I wish there were more of them to play…This was a real treat because I’ve never put three good rounds together on this need a bit of luck to win. I hit a lot of quality golf shots and when I hit a couple of poor ones I got away with it.”

Brooks Koepka continued his great form with a win at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges (18th to 21st Oct) in Korea and took over the World Number One spot in the process: - "To be World No. 1, it's something I dreamed of as a kid, I don't think this one has sunk in…Just need to keep building on what I'm doing, everything I've done this year, it's been working, so I don't want to change anything. Just need to keep improving, make sure I clean up the putting a little bit, and the wedge play, and just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm having fun, I'm loving it and I can't wait to get back to it next week."

Sergio Garcia won for a third time time at Valderrama at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation (18th to 21st Oct): - "It's amazing to be able to win here at Valderrama three times - it's a dream come true. It's so difficult. This golf course is so challenging and for me to be able to go out there in the conditions we played in all week and shoot three rounds under par means a lot. I'm very proud of that and really excited about the week.”

Xander Schauffele won the WGC – HSBC Champions (25th to 28th Oct) at Sheshan International GC: - "I felt like I was playing great all day. We kept our heads down. Even when I was signing my card I was like, 'oh, wow, I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the play-off'. I was just in my own world out there. It means a lot, it was my birthday this week. To have my family out here, especially with the win, it's really special."

• Long hitting Cameron Champ won his maiden PGA Tour title in wire-to-wire style. After losing his four-shot lead on the front nine, he made birdies at five of the last six holes to win the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson. His 4-under 68 gave him a four-shot win on 21-under 267. When I say long hitting – I mean it. He’s currently the longest hitter on Tour with drives measured between 330 and 340 yards. Corey Conners finished second on 17-under while Carlos Ortiz and Sam Burns tied for third on 15-under. Rory Sabbatini tied for 20th on 10-under

Nelly Korda joined her sister Jessica as a winner on the LPGA Tour this year with her win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Presented by CTBC. She shot a bogey-free final round 68 at the Ta Shee Golf & CC in Taiwan to win by two on 13-under par 275. Minjee Lee shot a 66 to finish second on 11-under and Ryann O’Toole finished a further shot back on 10-under. Ashleigh Buhai tied for 42nd on 5-over.

• Four years after his last win, Louis de Jager won the Sun Sibaya Challenge on The Woods Course at Mount Edgecombe. He started the final round four shots off the lead and thanks to back-to-back birdies on the closing two holes, his 5-under 65 saw him win by one over CJ du Plessis and Breyten Meyer on 13-under 197. Luke Joy was fourth on 11-under.

Khalin Joshi won his maiden Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Club in New Delhi. He shot rounds of 64-68 over the weekend (including four birdies in his last five holes on Sunday), to win by one on 17-under 271 over fellow overnight leader Siddikur Rahman. Ajeetesh Sandhu finished tied for third on 14-under alongside Suradit Yongcharoenchai. Jbe Kruger tied for 24th on 5-under.

Scott Parel had his second PGA TOUR Champions win in two months at the Invesco QQQ Championship. He started the final round tied for second and shot a 4-under 68 at Sherwood Country Club to win on 11-under 205. Paul Goydos finished second one shot back while Kenny Perry, David McKenzie and Stephen Ames tied for third at 8 under. David Frost tied for 18th on 4-under. The top 36 on the Rankings this week advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club from 8th to 11th November. Bernhard Langer is still in pole position but David Frost is 44th.

Juran Dreyer won his maiden professional title at the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour #12 at The Lake Club Benoni. He shot rounds of 63-65-67 to win by nine shots on 21-under-par 195. Tokkie van den Berg finished second on 12-under while Luke Brown, Paul Boshoff, Dylan Kok and Jason Roets tied for third on 11-under.

• The LPGA Q Series at the Pinehurst Resort is underway, with four rounds of eight having been completed. Czechoslovakia’s Klara Spilkova is in the lead on 13-under 275, four shots clear of Canadian amateur Jaclyn Lee. There’s still a long way to go though and there are approximately 45 spots up for grabs for the 2019 season. Paul Reto is currently lying tied for 18th on 2-over.

Dino Capazario won the Mpumalanga Open at Witbank GC. He shot rounds of 69-67-68 to win on 12-under 204. Keelan van Wyk and Anuerin Gounden tied for second on 10-under and Therion Nel was fourth a further shot back.

• Eight players have been chosen to represent South Africa at the third Fellowship Cup in India from 26 to 30 November at the Jaypee Greens Golf Club in Noida. Morgan Phillips; Craig Kamps; Steve Williams and Francois le Roux make up the four-man Senior Team, with Andre van Dyk as the non-travelling reserve. The Mid-Amateur Team consists of Gerlou Roux, Ruan Botha, Derek Scullard and Ernest Botha, with Louis Moolman as the non-travelling reserve.

• It’s official, Paul Azinger will replace Johnny Miller as NBC’s lead golf analyst. Azinger is a winner of 12 PGA Tour victories, including the 1993 PGA Championship and a past winning Ryder Cup captain.

Who’s up this week? (Please note that this is the entry list as at Monday & is subject to change)
PGA TOUR - Shriners Hospital for Children Open – Ernie Els; Rory Sabbatini (Dylan Frittelli is first alternate)
EUROPEAN TOUR – Turkish Airlines Open – Trevor Immelman; Dean Burmester; Darren Fichardt; Brandon Stone; George Coetzee; Richard Sterne; Thomas Aiken; Erik van Rooyen 
LPGA - TOTO Japan Classic – No South Africans in the field

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This month Elsabe Hefer looks at how your set up can dictate a few reactions in your swing. A good set up will have a good reaction and a poor set up will produce a poor reaction.

This week she looks at what happens if your weight is too far in your heels in the address position.

Elsabe Hefer is a Fellow Member of the PGA; a former Gauteng North PGA Teacher of the Year and PGA Top 20 Teacher. She is the Head Teaching Professional at Zwartkop Country Club.

European Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA and LPGA Tour Schedules. Take a look at all the events plus the international golfing events coming up soon.

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