South African Open is still the Holy Grail for local golfers – GOLF Sports

If South Africa wins his national tournament, he writes, there is no dry eye in the house. Gary Remke..

It’s a trophy that turns a grown man into tears. That’s what sports can do for people.As south Africans we enjoyed sharing With the victory of our sports team and individuals.

Springbox won the Rugby World Cup three times and was successful at Bafana Bafana’s 1996 Afcon. Olympic gold medals from Penelope Heyns, Josia Thugwane, Caster Semenya, Chad Le Clos, Wayde van Niekerk and more. A great boxing night featuring Brian Mitchell, “Baby Jake” Matrara, Welcome Ncita, Buyani Bung, Corrie Sanders and more. Even Brad Binder’s historic MotoGP has won Portugal.

But golf feels different for some reason.Maybe It’s because of the emotional roller coaster that lasts four days.Arnie like every time Els won his four majors, Louis Oosthuizen Take the 2010 Open Championship, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel Won the Masters Green Jacket.

There are some expectations for Springboks, and there are always crowded rooms and gatherings in the finals. More celebrated with cheers and beer Than tears. Golf is different.As an individual Sports, you are yourself.At home At 9 o’clock on Sunday, if you are fighting, the fairway is laid out with a small green slip from the narrow The holes in front of you and the cup are pin prick size. It’s no wonder you have an overflow of relief when you finally sink that winning putt.

Any golfer who wins a professional tournament-OK, probably not like Tiger Woods-will guarantee the fact that you don’t know when The next victory will come.This will be a feat Gary Player, who has won 165 international victories, and Els, who has won 74 times around the world, are extraordinary in the context of golf.

And it’s the South African Open. This means the world for all golfers who grew up in South Africa, go beyond the ranks of amateurs and do hardyards. As a pro and finally in sports, raise the second oldest open trophy In the sky. As all ultra-distance South African road runners dream of winning the Comrades Marathon. The SA Open is an iconic “Proudly South Africa” ​​sporting event.Once you win The dreams of all young people have come true, But to win 5 times like Els, or 13 As players have, the times are incredible.As Els told me in 2018 He was a tournament player / host for the South African Open at Glen Dower.

“I was this Afrikaans laaitie Those who couldn’t Speaking English properly, I’m back at the sentimental venue. Use. I won the South African Open five times, Legends such as Bobby Locke and Gary Player have won 9 and 13 times, respectively, so it’s daunting to think of me as a current host and ambassador.

“I’m very proud of that and the fact that it’s in Glendouer and at some point in South Africa the landscape is very different from 1989.”

For that particular tournament, the loot went to Crispaisley. Coming relatively out of nowhere, silenced the crowds of homes and denied the Branden Grace Nedbank Golf Challenge-SA Open ‘double’.Enthusiastic outdoor, paisley Cook – “Breaer?” – Dog lover and enthusiastic Newcastle United supporters have arrived Ranked 281st in the world in Glen Dower Week and his wife Kelly and his bag. They got nervous to claim victory, Did they really appreciate the awe that South African golfers have for their own national open? Probably not.

Another Englishman a year ago (2017), Gramestorm once again silenced the Glendower crowd when he saw off Rory. McIlroy in the playoffs. There is one Local supporters – If your hero can’t win, adopt a child that week, like McIlroy. But storm?I like him Paisley, I came in as a player who seemed to make up for it at first glance The number ranked 251st in the world.that is But golf.

But boom boom, back to back, two The Paisley and Storm Englishmen are now ranked 358th and 1343th respectively in the world, scooping up South Africa’s most famous golf trophy.

Distressed by experience, the last three SA Openes have returned home I’ll win. Oosthuizen won in 2018 and Grace and Christian Bezuidenhout did business with two SA Open held in 2020.

The importance of none of them was lost.When he sank him, there were tears from Oosthuizen, who had settled in the battle. Final putt to beat Romain with 6 strokes Langasuke at Land Park in 2018. ‘I knew it would be very special or painful today. I know that only a few have won the British Open and the South African Open, so it’s very hard to give this a name. I wish my family were here. The crowd this week was great, it was great to do it for them.

Grace delayed West Hazen by three Shot to win at Land Park in January 2021. He also overcame his emotions. “This is what I really wanted. It was amazing. Winning in the soil of your own home means so For South Africans they are so late behind you that it feels very emotional. He concludes with 62, one of the great rounds of the tournament’s long history. It’s incredible to think that Sunday 66 saw him lose to King Louis.

Bezidenhout was enjoying purple This patch last year he won Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek and South African Open at Sun City Rapid inheritance. He lost in 2016 Brandon Stone had two shots, when he said:’Everything was great this week. This opening is the dream of all South Africa’s victory and is approaching this year. I hope we have another chance next year. “

Well, it took him four years, but he got That is correct. “It’s a dream of a South African golfer To win the national tournament. That’s unrealistic, “said Bezidenhout.

Stone was only 22 when he won the South African Open at Glen Dower in 2016. He shed tears after the victory. “I don’t have the vocabulary to explain my feelings right now,” he said. “That round was the most ups and downs I’ve ever experienced.

“Walking until the 18th, I was made to think I can’t explain how the past few years have gone up and down, and just pulling it at the end.

And it goes.All South African golfers I know the meaning of this tournament.

Ten years ago, Hennie Otto stopped Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in one shot. To win in Serengeti. ‘There are some great The name of the trophy, “he said. “I said it would be great if I could add mine. Today is today. The first win is always the best, but this makes it special Because it is our national open.You dream Of these things … you have to enjoy it. The name on the trophy. You can be proud of it. “

Dylan Frittelli finished in 3rd place in December 2020 behind Beziden Hout and Jamie Donaldson at the Gary Player Country Club. “I’m on the European Tour PGA Tour, and if I can’t beat the South African Open, it will definitely feel like I’m not I achieved it in my career, “he said.

‘NS The South African Open is what I want to win.I used to watch tournaments when I was a kid, but I remember A bunch of them.I definitely remember The duel between Ernie Els and Retief Goosen on the 2005 Fan Court.

Fritelli’s ambition is to course Through the veins of all South African professionals picking up golf clubs Especially those who are open and tee up This week at the Gary Player Country Club, which is also being tested this year.

Golf is unpredictable – with England’s storm Paisley and even Molten Olam Madsen in Denmark in 2013 – some players All planets need to be aligned for them to be In a fight. This does not mean that qualifying and competition at the SA Open is not a big deal, it is not something to cherish and be proud of.

That 2018 South African Open won Oosthuizen, Musiwalo Nethunzwi, Play partner Toto Timba raised the national flag among them and was cheered all the way to the green. At the stage of South Africa’s most prestigious golf tournament and the second oldest national open in golf, both golfers made a powerful statement.

“For me and the South African Open, things have gone awry,” said Nethunzwi. ‘I am I’m a little emotional about that last putt.With Toto I was just hitting a second shot when the caddy pulled out the flag and handed it to us. We were very proud to walk 18 with the flag.

“We are proud of our country and proud to play at the South African Open, one of the largest golf tournaments in the world. I kept pushing myself for a whole week To play well, and I’m very happy with this performance.This is a great increase in self-confidence For me. ‘

Prove again that you don’t need Win the tournament and cut the onions. That is the magic of the South African Open. It may last for a long time.

– This article was first published in the December 2021 issue. Complete golfer magazine. Subscribe here!

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