Coet­zee set to de­fend ti­tle

But fel­low South African Dean Burmester and in­ter­na­tional play­ers may put a span­ner in the works dur­ing Pro-Am

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­

Will Ge­orge Coet­zee be able to re­peat the same feat that saw him win last year’s Di­men­sion Data ProAm im­pres­sively?

He may get it once more this year when the Sun­shine Tour event tees off at the Mon­tagu course at Fan­court Golf Es­tate in the West­ern Cape from Thurs­day.

Last year, Coet­zee birdied the 16th and 17th holes be­fore an ea­gle on the 18th, earn­ing him­self a vic­tory by -21 for 268.

Fan­court is usu­ally tough to play on be­cause of its tricky course lay­out – char­ac­terised by many bunkers – but Coet­zee waved his magic wand, which en­abled him to con­quer the greens and win the event.

The golfer who also cam­paigns on the Euro­pean Tour, where he has won three ti­tles – the Joburg Open (2014), the Tsh­wane Open and the AfrAsia Bank Mau­ri­tius Open (2015) – will be look­ing to win the show­down for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Coet­zee is likely to find the go­ing tough, as he will be closely mon­i­tored by fel­low South African Dean Burmester.

Burmester drew level with Coet­zee for the bet­ter part of the fi­nal round last year. How­ever, he dropped a shot in the 15th hole and had to set­tle for sec­ond place with -20 for 269.

Jaco van Zyl, winner of last year’s Eye of Africa PGA Cham­pi­onship, will be look­ing to make his mark at Fan­court. He is cur­rently en­joy­ing a great run on the fair­ways, as was the case last week­end when he came out tied sev­enth at the Omega Dubai Desert Clas­sic on the Euro­pean Tour.

Sun­shine Tour CEO Sel­wyn Nathan said Eng­land’s Lee West­wood and Scot­land’s Paul Lawrie would also take part in the Pro-Am con­test.

West­wood won the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in 2010 and 2011, and will be look­ing to con­quer a South African course once again.

Lawrie lifted the US Open ti­tle in 2002.

“This year’s event prom­ises more fire­works as more over­seas play­ers have en­tered to com­pete,” said Nathan.

This year’s event prom­ises more fire­works


HIT­TER Ge­orge Coet­zee will be hop­ing for a sec­ond win in a row

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