Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

Ernie Els watched with delight in Jan­uary as his legacy was passed down to a new gen­er­a­tion of South African cham­pi­ons on the Euro­pean Tour. Els rst wit­nessed Bran­don Stone (22) win the SA Open at Glen­dower (from 21-yearold Chris­ti­aan Bezuiden­hout) and a week later saw Haydn Por­te­ous (21) vic­to­ri­ous at the Joburg Open, ahead of Zan­der Lom­bard, 21. It was the rst time in nearly 40 years that two South Africans had won their maiden Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in con­sec­u­tive weeks: 1977, John Fourie (Call­ers of New­cas­tle) and Tie­nie Britz (Ger­man Open). Por­te­ous and Lom­bard earned spots in the Open at Royal Troon in July.

Bran­don Stone.

Haydn Por­te­ous.

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