Joburg Open takes off

BIG CONTENDER: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa will aim to win big at the Joburg Open. Photo: Getty Images

The City of Joburg is gearing up for one of the most exciting professional golf events on the Sunshine Tour’s calendar commencing on December 7 to 10 at the Randpark Golf Club.

In a major change for the Joburg Open 2018, the Asian Tour has been added as the third sanctioning tour to endorse the Joburg Open along with longstanding PGA’s the Sunshine Tour and European Tour. This now officially makes the Joburg Open the only tri-sanctioned tournament in South Africa.

It also sees the field growing from 206 to 240 professionals, which means the stakes have been upped for the golfers aiming to clinch the prestigious winner’s title, one of three qualifying spots for The Open Championship, or be among the prize money finishers of the tournament for their share of the R16.5-million prize purse.

The Joburg Open remains the only South African tournament serving as an official qualifier for oldest major, The Open Championship the following season, with the top three finishers receiving qualification into The Open Championship.With some of the biggest names from the three tours billed for the tournament, including the Sunshine Tour’s Louis Oosthuizen, alongside former tournament champions Richard Sterne, Haydn Porteus and Darren Fichardt, residents of Johannesburg and golf lovers who attend the tournament are guaranteed spectacular action on the fairways.

JOBURG OPEN: Executive Mayor of Joburg, Clr Herman Mashaba at the opening of the Joburg Open to be played at Randpark Golf Club.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

The 240 professionals will take to the immaculate and championship conditioned greens at Firethorn and Bushwillow courses at Randpark Golf Club starting Thursday before the cut is made at the close of play on Friday.

The remaining 65 professionals (including ties) proceed to the final two rounds, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday at Firethorn Course.

Public access tickets can be purchased at the public entrance at Arend Park on arrival at the Randpark Golf Club. Ticket prices are R80 per day for Thursday and Friday and R100 for Saturday and Sunday or R180 for the four days. Tickets can also be bought online at www.ticketpro.co.za.

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Annette van Schalkwyk

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