The Open Championship: All the South Africans in the field
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There will be no fewer than 11 South Africans in the field when the Open Championship tees off at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Thursday.
Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland will host the year’s final major, The 148th Open Championship, from Thursday 18 July.
A total of 11 South Africans have been included in an illustrious field including two former winners of the Claret Jug.
SA entrants into the Open Championship
Zander Lombard (24)
The winner of the Sunshine Tour order of merit is the youngest South African in the Open Championship field.
Brandon Stone (26)
26-year-old Stone earned his place at the Open in the 2018 Race to Dubai, his best-ever finish in the major was his 61st place in the 2018 event.
Bezuidenhout made headlines with his maiden tour win in Andalucia and it also earned him a spot in the Open field.
Shaun Norris (37)
Norris returns to the Open after being paired with Tiger Woods at Carnoustie in 2018.
Another first-time winner of the European tour in 2019. Frittelli won the John Deere Classic to earn entry into the Open.
Erik van Rooyen (29)
Van Rooyen finished tied 17th in last year’s Open and qualified for this year’s edition courtesy of a top-five finish in the Race to Dubai order of Merit.
Branden Grace (31)
Grace was in the hunt for the 2017 Open, his tied sixth place is still the closest the 67th ranked golfer in the world has come to winning a major.
Harding enjoyed fifteen minutes of fame earlier this year when he briefly held a clubhouse lead in the first round of the US Masters. He remains one of the most consistent SA performers in professional golf.
The 2010 winner would qualify by virtue of his World ranking but doesn’t need to as all winners under 60 are invited to compete.
Ernie Els (49)
Els turns 50 next year but he is back at the Open Championship. There won’t be too many backing him for a third Open but very few would have picked him as the winner in 2012.
Richard Sterne (37)
Sterne earned his place by being in the top five in the 2019 Race to Dubai order of merit.