Not Grace and Schwarzel, but 12 South African golfers in pursuit of Open glory

The world’s best golf tournament – Open – Kicks off at St. Andrews in Scotland on Thursday morning, with 12 South Africans on the course, all looking to win the Claret Jug and be named Golf Champion of the Year.

The most recent South African Open winner, Louis Ostwizen, who won on this very field in 2010 and also finished second in 2015, is looking to win a second Major, while Ernie Els, winner of the Claret Jug in 2012 and 2002, will also be in action as a former champion.

Gary Player and Bobby Lock are the only South Africans to have won the Open Championship.

Unfortunately for South African golf fans looking to celebrate the arrival of a new Major champion, two of the country’s hottest golfers at the moment, Branden Grace and Charl Schwarzel, will not be in Round open.

Grace tied in 24th at last week’s Scottish Open and won the LIV Golf Tour in the US the week before, and Charl Schwartzel, who won the first LIV Golf tournament in London a month ago, was unable to play this week.

However, a total of 12 golfers on the course are more than enough talented men to be in the game on a Sunday afternoon.

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Dean Bermester tied 10th at the Scottish Open, Christian Bezuidenhout finished in a 16-point and Triston Lawrence ended in a tie at 24th.

Other notable South Africans looking to get chances at Old Course are Dylan Frittelli, Justin Harding, Garrick Higgo, Zander Lombard, Sean Norris and Eric van Rooyen.

Aldrich Potgieter, the young South African who qualified to play in the Open after winning the amateur championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes on June 18, is ready for the biggest thrill of his life. He will play in a group with Russell Henley and former golf champion of the year Henrik Stenson.

Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, who played several rounds with Tiger Woods in Scotland last week to prepare, is the bookies’ favorite to win on Sunday.

More exciting Open days are waiting for golf enthusiasts.