West­wood & Co add another Di­men­sion

The Star Late Edition - - SPORT - BULLS SQUAD FOR THIS SEA­SON’S SU­PER RUGBY CAM­PAIGN Backs: pic­tured), For­wards: Play­ers Out:

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


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