12.1.2020 07:28 pm
Hole-in-ones have become Louis Oosthuizen’s forte in the past few months, but it didn’t deter the newest local major winner.
Branden Grace was still making his way through the crowds milling around the ninth tee when he heard the roar.
The extraordinary birdie was part of a run of four successive birdies from the 10th that ensured the 36-year-old Spaniard will go into the weekend with a three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Champs.
The experienced 36-year-old had to abruptly give up on the sport for seven months, destroying the momentum of a fine start to 2019. Yet Leopard Creek might give a reprieve.
Not all of the participants were comfortable wearing shorts at the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Champs, despite a special exception being made for the Lowveld heat.
That the duo are both previous winners of the Alfrend Dunhill Championship obviously also helps.
Leopard Creek’s revamp in 2017 led to a muted response by the pros. Now, Ernie Els and co are raving over this year’s Alfred Dunhill Champs experience already.
The answers on chronic nerve problems haven’t come yet, but he’s ready to see whether he can get back into action at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The 24-year-old from Pretoria recovers impressively from a dodgy start to the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to place himself perfectly for glory.
The 24-year-old overcomes a nervy start to card a 65 that Louis Oosthuizen believes was even better than his opening 63.
Interestingly, his condition might played in his favour during a magnificent opening round of 63.
That’s why Lee Westwood and co are very much aware that just one lapse can prove ‘fatal’ in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
But SA’s most consistent golfer in 2019 can prove the Big Easy a point at Sun City this weekend.