Westwood & Co add another Dimension
Ulrich Beyers, Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel, Travis Ismaiel, Luther Obi, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling, Duncan Matthews, Kefentse Mahlo, Sibahle Maxwane, Johnny Kotze, Dries Swanepoel, Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Jan Serfontein, Francois Brummer, Tony Jantjies, Tian Schoeman, Handre Pollard (vice-captain, Ivan van Zyl, Piet van Zyl, Rudy Paige, Andre Warner; Hanro Liebenberg, Arno Botha, Nick de Jager, Renaldo Bothma, Jannes Kirsten, Jacques Potgieter, Roelof Smit, Shaun Adendorff, Ruan Steenkamp, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Conraad van Vuuren, John-Roy Jenkinson, Martin Dreyer, Jacobie Adriaanse, Pierre Schoeman, Lizo Gqoboko, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Edgar Marutlulle, Corniel Els, Jaco Visagie.
Johnny Kotze (Stormers), Jacques Potgieter (Sharks), Conraad van Vuuren (Free State Cheetahs).
SP Marais, Bjorn Basson, Dan Kriel (all Stormers), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh (all Japan), Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Marcel van der Merwe (France), Werner Kruger (Wales), Callie Visagie, Bandise Maku (retired). GEORGE: There are seven previous champions in the field in this week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am which tees off today over all three of the courses at Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate.
Defending champion George Coetzee is the most recent, and has some recent form to point to, despite missing the cut in last week’s Maybank Championship in Malaysia. Just two weeks back, he finished in a share of seventh at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
But he is certain to find himself with a battle on his hands from Lee Westwood, who, at 45 on the Official World Golf Ranking, is the highestranked player in the field. And, like Coetzee, he has recent form behind him with his share of eighth in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he finished under 70 in all four rounds.
Westwood, won the Dimension Data Pro-Am back in 2000 when it was still played at Sun City, romping to a fivestroke victory over American Tom Gillis. He returns 17 years later with his son playing the tournament, and having ascended to world No1 since then, when he held that spot for 22 weeks from October 2010.
The other former champions in the field are Jaco van Zyl, who won in 2013, Darren Fichardt (2004 and 2010), Oliver Bekker (2012), Hennie Otto (2011) and James Kamte (2008).
They, together with the rest of the field will be paired with amateurs for the tournament, and play the first three rounds on each of the Fancourt courses – The Links, Outeniqua and Montagu. After the third round, the cut will be made to the top 60 professionals and ties and the final round will be played on Montagu.
The amateur and professional teams will play in a 72-hole betterball medal competition. On conclusion of the third round there will be a cut to the leading 25 team scores. All teams making the 54-hole cut will contest the final round.
Westwood will find the tournament a different proposition from the one he won in 2000. For starters, the three courses are nothing like the Lost City and Gary Player Country Club courses on which he triumphed, and the cut was made after 36 holes back then. Also, this time he will find a generation of young South African golfers on the rise. – Sunshine Tour