Return of the king
Trevor Immelman wants a third SA Open
Two-time SA Open Championship winner Trevor Immelman has returned to South Africa to take part in the event after an absence of 12 years. The co-sanctioned Sunshine and European Tour event, the country’s flagship golf showpiece, tees off at the Glendower Golf Club in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni, from Thursday.
The Cape Town-born Immelman, who is currently based in the US, where he competes on the US PGA Tour, won Open titles back-toback in 2003 and 2004.
His feat made him the first local golfer after Gary Player to successfully defend the crown when he snatched it at his home course in Somerset West in the Western Cape. The SA Open is the country’s oldest golfing prize.
Immelman gained instant fame worldwide in golfing circles after upstaging then world conqueror Tiger Woods by three shots to wear the famous Masters green jacket at the unforgiving Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, US, in 2008.
Claiming that solitary major remains his greatest achievement in the sport.
“It’s great to be back home where it all started. I’m excited to be playing in the SA Open after all these years,” said Immelman this week.
The player, renowned for his infectious smile whenever he sinks a putt, teed up at Glendower in his first SA Open in 1997.
“I’ve studied the course pretty well for the period that I’ve been here in South Africa for the festive season. I’m quite aware that competition will be extremely stiff. I’m looking forward to winning.”
No South African player has won the open for the past five years. Hennie Otto was Mzansi’s last victor when he posted a one-stroke victory in the 2011 edition at the Serengeti Golf Club, also in Ekurhuleni.