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Beaming Manassero lights up the Glendower gloom with redemptive triumph

Move to Lost City a boost for McCallum

Henry keeps her round on track to win as crosswinds whizz around Fancourt

Dawson cleans up her game after rocky start to move 2 clear

Dawson has good reason to feel delighted after day of very bad weather at Fancourt

‘We are finding it harder to win at home’ – Pace

Oosthuizen shows the pedigree to jack up his game when required

A day to test your patience at Leopard Creek

Oosthuizen & Schwartzel at their best as they set up another Leopard Creek showdown

It could have been brilliant or terrible, but it ended in tears of joy for Burmester

Schaper well-bronzed after a sweltering day at Blair Atholl … & with the SA Open lead

Jarvis is doing what the DJs say: ‘Keep your feet on the ground & reach for the stars’

General consensus was Blair Atholl was a long, hard walk … but Lagergren had a fun day

Comment: Who wins and who loses in great ‘merger’ (Mike Green)

Jarvis closer to big-time breakthrough with Denmark runner-up finish (Mike Green)

Tremendous Bachem makes it seem like Euro Tour wins are not retailing for much these days

Lawrence did not bargain on the weekend that would change his life, and now his dreams are coming true

Lawrence not yet an expert at finishing, but temperament & skill enough to carry him to victory

Lawrence loving the hearty challenge from Sordet

The joke’s on Lawrence as Strydom goes out & breaks his course record himself

Blair Atholl the road less travelled, but Lawrence has been there before & equals his course record

Blair Atholl the longest course in Euro Tour history & a ‘Driver-fest’ according to Frittelli

Bradbury exhibits all the airs of disbelief one would expect after winning Joburg Open

Bradbury still perched at the top of Joburg Open leaderboard

Invitee Bradbury leads after fairytale first round that showed his own brilliance in seizing whatever opportunities he gets

Highs & lows of 2022: The shock wins & humiliating defeats

Strydom does the business with ‘most solid’ nine holes of his career

In the sort of heat that could lead to medical attention, Strydom & Jamieson keep their cool

Jamieson entrances Leopard Creek, the course he loves most

Fleetwood shows brotherly spirit after winning NGC, praising closest challenger Fox

Fleetwood well-served by short game as he clinches NGC title

Grace passes a long day with banter & not letting his cold putter get to him

Hot weather & the ball flying miles the norm, but Detry masters different conditions

Frustrations of rain put aside as Grace roars up the leaderboard

Only prim & proper that Ace-man Zanotti should be top of the leaderboard upon the NGC’s return to Sun City

From being an ant following Ernie around, Bezuidenhout is now the elephant at Sun City

Schaper goes three ahead, but Mazibuko building strong challenge

Viljoen lost for words after ending 5 years of terrible tantalisation

International team have a mountain to climb after defections for countless millions of LIV rands

Dingle has maiden Sunshine Tour title after challenges of Prinsloo & Bradley died

Tip from friend & challenger Bradley helps Van Niekerk into the lead

An early look at the course & conditions one of the premises of playing in a pro-am, & O’Kennedy takes full advantage

Youngsters obviously need opportunity & Otto praises the sponsors of the Sunshine Tour for development of sport

Kwinana thrilled the most by development clinic

Venter keeps the door closed on his rivals as he shoots 69

‘Hutchie’’s “ouch!” comment remembered as Rohwer is delighted with partner Bremner’s long hitting

Conradie & From show neither ultra-aggression nor conservatism are an illness in golf

150th Open and Masters and U.S. Open all on Potgieter’s diary now

Mostert produces bogey-free back nine for maiden Sunshine Tour title

A top-class putting display gives Mostert a 2-stroke lead

Van Velzen roars to 64 and 1-stroke lead

Albertse will remember first three holes of Royal Harare with fondness

A contingent of 11 Saffas tackle PGA layout that favours top-class approach play

SA Open has a great friend of golf & a new venue on board

‘Rebel’ golfers welcome on Sunshine Tour, but out in the cold for NGC

5 South Africans in the Masters … all but one of them going in the wrong direction

SA golfers continued to make their mark internationally – 8 in top-100

Opening of President’s Links very good news for Walvis Bay

Van Tonder treads boldly to victory at squelchy SA Open

Harding’s high-flying ascent cut short by no weather for kites at Sun City

Bekker doesn’t want the expectation & private anguish of not winning more

Allure of playing SA Open at Gary Player CC brings the best out of Schietekat

Kaminski and Nortje both birdie the last to roar into a share of the lead

Golfers find heavy rain at Wild Coast Sun, 1st round postponed

Greene had a feeling … and his composure and skill took him all the way to victory

Greene’s 1st title takes all of his composure & skill in Humewood gale

Mitchell, daring to take Driver, races up the leaderboard & will be having fun in final round

The last year as a pro golfer has apprised Mwandla that he needs to be enjoying himself more out there

Miserable conditions at Humewood but Hess applies the old Monty Python maxim about the bright side

Basson hoping to make it count at Humewood & regain lost momentum

Vodacom focused on higher calling of developing people in Origins of Golf Series

Albertse handles the pressure of chasing down his 1st title like a mentsch

Da Silva, dogged lately by putter & focus issues, puts it all together in 1st round at Mt Edgecombe

Harris on his home course, but still played out of his brogues

Missing a few cuts means he won’t sleep easy, but Bremner is determined to enjoy himself

Readers will find the connection between Player’s life story & Higgo’s

Oosthuizen joins the club of SA golfers beaten into 2nd by Mickelson

Grace back at most beloved Major, hoping to lead SA challenge

NGC hoping luck’s with them, but Junior Challenge announced in meantime

Pro golfers now set to be released from their Lockdown chains

Patient GolfRSA extend an olive branch; golf reopens

The Lockdown threatens the flagship Soweto CC – Abt

Quarantine and travel predicament for those golfers playing in Europe and the U.S.

GolfRSA seek clarity from government over terms of Lockdown III regulations

‘You have a debt to society’ Player tells U.S. golfers

Census of International team shows team unity challenge Immelman faces

Mental strength & BMT are Smit’s most potent weapons

Immelman banking on Els’ foundation & injection of youth to make Internationals more of a threat

An office without coffee

From bankruptcy to a thriving concern, this is the scope of Ernie’s off-course commitments

Bregman living the dream thanks to sheer consistency

Bringing the crowds back to the Sun City fairways

Lee-Anne may be winless for a while, but she is keeping Pace with the best

Keeping aggressive attitude leads to untroubled win for Shubhankar

Free-thinking Frittelli zooming up the rankings

Leopard Creek

The delights of Rory killed all cynicism

Chilling with the golfers & the wildlife at Leopard Creek’s 13th

Stone displays top-class golf & temperament in big Leopard Creek win

Stone shows he’s blessed with temperament as well as ‘game’

Noren blitzes front nine to win from far behind

Noren aimed low but ended over the moon

Golf no longer number one in Goosen’s life

The best way to avoid an awful thrashing

The lack of interest in the Olympic golf competition is palpable

Air of inevitability as Schwartzel wins Tshwane Open

Weddings & golf tournaments – justifying the expense

Porteous keeps the confidence but loses the arrogance … and wins

Sweet success for Stone on toughest day of his life

Van Zyl ensures nothing kills his momentum in SA Open

Els wants local SA Open winner this year before big plans for next year

Good things have happened recently as well …

Sun City ends era with increased crowds & enthusiastic sponsors

Leishman has the energy to end testing year on a high

Sun City star Stenson rewarded with lead three-ball place

Schwartzel puts two frustrating years behind him at Leopard Creek

Basson leads, but battling own mediocre record in co-sanctioned events

This summer tradition will be almost unrecognisable

Schwartzel pictures Glendower favourably despite agony there

Schwartzel bats for course that has caused him so many tears

Glendower confirmed as SA Open hosts for 3rd straight time

Ahlers wins as 3rd visit to water not redeemable for Van Zyl

Koro Creek’s Ahlers takes the Investec bonus pool

Coetzee struggles but still leads Investec Cup

Coetzee scrambles but remains in front

Coetzee & Van Zyl on top as Millvale ‘torment’ ends

Schwartzel & Coetzee lead after daunting day at Millvale

Coetzee ‘all over the show’ but in pole position

R3.5 million at stake with Fisher Jnr in prime position

Pace unbeatable at home, now for the majors!

On-fire Pace heads for Investec Cup & then the U.S.

No impatience for Coetzee as he wins Tshwane Open

Coetzee rides wave of home support to win Tshwane Open

Six golfers lead heading into Tshwane Open final round

Otaegui takes advantage of friendly conditions with superb 62

Otaegui’s 62 sees the Spaniard into the lead in Tshwane Open

Madsen makes an early move in Tshwane Open

Last 2 holes boost Madsen into Tshwane Open lead

Coetzee does not know which game will pitch up in Tshwane Open

Pretoria CC parklands very different to Copperleaf but Fisher still favourite

Consistent Fisher Jnr motors to victory with precision golf

Brilliant Fisher Jnr roars to victory at Africa Open

Fisher on fire in compelling Africa Open triumph

Ford unable to keep up with dazzling Fisher Jnr

Fisher Junior has excellent chance for greatest triumph

Englishman & Spaniard lead, but locals well-positioned

Ford leads on his own, but local hopes still alive

Four South Africans have Ford in their sights

Aggression born out of frustration brings reward for Phelan

Overseas dominance of Sunshine Tour continues in first round of Africa Open

Bad joke for local contingent at Africa Open

Keeping it simple pays off for struggling De Kock

Englishmen dominant, but SA contingent eager to maintain Africa Open stranglehold

Right attitude crucial in blustery East London

Refreshed Horne looking for improvement at Africa Open

Mowat ready for date with destiny

Africa Open overseas player profiles

Sullivan is the master of Johannesburg golf

Sullivan happy to play all his golf in Joburg

Relaxed J-Bay lifestyle rubbing off on Wallie’s golf

Contrasting fortunes for two veteran leaders

62 came ‘out of the blue’ for Henning

Frustrated Henning gets a 62 out of the blue

Wood back at Africa Open looking to right ‘injustice’ of 2011

SA Open champ Sullivan comes to Joburg eyeing the top-50 & the majors

Tshwane Open moves to the heart of the city

Tshwane Open moves to Pretoria CC, but Euro rising stars still expected

Order of Merit triumph means Aiken is finally playing in Nedbank Golf Challenge

Schwartzel poised to show he is fitting successor to Els

Sullivan still on top, but new local chasing him

Schwartzel the star of SA Open 2nd round, just 1 behind

Kruger inspired by Els & goes one better

Els breezes to 67 & asks for tougher rough

All agree Glendower will be stern SA Open test

Locals aim to bring SA Open crown home for first time since 2011

Els to commit himself to SA Open

Grace surges to victory with addictive blend of power & precision

Wire-to-wire Leopard Creek win ‘something special’ for Grace

Big fat triple bogey knocks Bjerregaard out of contention

Grace laughs off ‘iffy round’ as chasing pack catch him

Molinari unable to eat away at Grace’s lead despite good start

Still a great divide between Grace & the chasing pack at Leopard Creek

Jason Palmer – one of the strangest techniques in golf

Grace plays with aplomb to stretch his lead

Grace doubles lead for Alfred Dunhill Championship record

Grace races to the top of Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard

Some things old & something new working for Grace

Roos powers to low round of first morning

Schwartzel gives brutal assessment of his Leopard Creek chances

Schwartzel less than enthusiastic about his chances at Leopard Creek

Roper has theory for lack of SA success at Sun City

Willett simmers, then red-hot over the weekend at Sun City

Willett deserves his ‘ridiculous’ Sun City cash-in

Rookie Willett all class as he cruises to victory at Sun City

Tremendous Willett roars to victory at Sun City

Willett in pole position as NGC enters final straight

Three Englishmen at the top of Sun City leaderboard

Donald’s star still shining brightly at Sun City

Donald two ahead of Fisher midway through front nine

Luke Donald looks to have a second wind

Nobody can stop sublime Donald’s charge into the lead

Donald star of the NGC second round at Sun City

Donald blooms in sensational fashion at Sun City

Poor tee shot on par-3 12th costs Fisher the lead

Fisher still on top, but four on his heels

Weird & wonderful brings the crucial variety to sport

Most consistent driving gives Fisher first-round lead

Fisher calls on experience & backs driver

Top-class Fisher claims two-shot lead

Fisher finishes strong for 2-stroke lead

Coetzee & Fisher top of the leaderboard

Entertaining Aphibarnrat claims early share of lead

Experience will matter a great deal at Sun City

Time for caution at brutal Gary Player CC course

Journeyman Ahlers guaranteed more than a million at Sun City

Na latest to confirm participation as NGC nears half-full

Grace now feels at home on golf’s greatest stage

Two SA Opens in a row for Glendower

Remembering the base of the triangle

Interesting times for Sunshine Tour event organisers

Fisher shows top-class patience to win Tshwane Open

Fisher in control as nobody else moves on wet day

Fisher has the lead & the complete game for once

Dyson & Fisher Junior start late & claim lead

Copperleaf’s sheer length the obvious challenge

Coetzee charges past Aiken & Walters

Lee & Molinari lead Joburg Open after 2 rounds

Expanded field, points & prizemoney for NGC

Woods chasing records while Grace & Coetzee make debuts

Van der Walt holds off Fichardt for 1st major title

Van Zyl one of the favourites for Tshwane Open

Akasia Country Club

NGC profits from demise of Tournament of Hope

Record-breaking Sterne faultless and precise

Sterne safe as houses

Record-breaking Sterne on top in Joburg

Sterne & Fisher maintain lead

Van Zyl out of the limelight, but for how long?

Bish, bash, bosh; Fisher Junior soars into the lead

Sterne, Fisher lead; George & Charl chase

Schwartzel frustrated with his putter

Sterne shining again where it all began for him

Sterne & Kieffer share the lead

Self-effacing Easton steals the limelight

New stars take centre-stage at historic RJ&K

McIlroy on song in 2012 – easily world number one

We’ll always have Sun City … or will we?

Kaymer aiming to be a star like Langer

Kaymer wins NGC with composure under pressure

Kaymer stays composed under pressure to triumph at Sun City

Frontrunners know it won’t be easy

Oosthuizen overcomes another dodgy meal

Langer not as dominant but still victorious

Langer shows the way as star golfers struggle

Seniors embarrassing the full-time pros

Steady Lawrie emerges in front at midway

Langer says long putters ‘part of the game’

Haas in front but leaderboard concertinas on him

Haas & Colsaerts lead … but just by 2

Schwartzel laid low by freak injury

Home favourites downplay their chances

Louis IDs Westwood & his driver as biggest threat

Stenson banishes the nagging doubts

Stenson sitting pretty in high-stakes SA Open

225:1 outsider leads SA Open

Schwartzel & Sterne highly motivated for SA Open success

First matchplay championship in 25 years on Sunshine Tour

Ernie Els: Big, but not so easy – especially in SA

Westwood back, but Els declines

South Africa launch 5th & 6th Euro Tour events

Sunshine Tour golfers finally have matchplay opportunity

SA women golfers receive LET boost

Fancourt impresses her visitors

Grace wants to crack the top 50

Grace beats Els & Goosen in playoff

Goosen provides good golf, wine

Grace shrugs off his mistakes

Colsaerts again on top

Charl knows not to underestimate Fancourt

Goosen criticises the Links set-up

Grace takes his time but leads

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