19.7.2019 08:52 am
The 29-year-old is certainly making the best of a last-gasp invitation to the hallowed Major.
South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli carded an opening three-under 68 to share third place in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club, in Northern Ireland, on Thursday.
He’s the first foreigner to win in Malelane since 2010.
The 25-year-old has the extra incentive of being the defending champion at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Johann Rupert’s course achieves the double whammy of being challenging to the professionals as well as accommodating for the average player.
The 2011 Masters champion has a superb record at Leopard Creek and wants to atone for a bad weekend at the SA Open.
He made a ropey start, but then showed immense class to finally claim the elusive local title.
And goes into the final round of the SA Open still holding a decent lead.
The Big Easy completed a superb third round at the SA Open and, to make it just that more special, he did so with his nephew as playing partner.
The 34-year-old once again shows his pedigree, but now he needs to find the consistency to build on this platform.
His great mate, co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, certainly won’t be resting on his laurels.
A whopping 240 players will converge on Randpark’s two courses as the world’s second oldest national open.
And a fine showing at the Nedbank Challenge suggests South Africa’s 36th world ranked player might very much be in contention.
He’s fallen agonisingly short twice in the South African Open. It’s time to change that.
Despite bowing the knee to a brilliant Lee Westwood, South Africa’s leading man in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge certainly could look back fondly at his efforts.
2012’s runner-up at Africa’s Major makes a fine start to finish joint second after the opening round, positively influencing his good friend Louis Oosthuizen too.