South African golfers seeking glory across the Channel

The majority of South Africa’s leading male and female golfers will be strutting either side of the English Channel this week.

Following last weekend’s high-profile action at the British Open at St Andrews in Scotland, Oliver Bekker and Thriston Lawrence are among 10 “Saffers” listed in the field for the Cazoo Classic which kicks off in England on Thursday.

The tournament, also known as the English Open, is held at Hillside Golf Club in Southport and is priced at €1.75 million (around R30 million).

The course is considered relatively short, but one of the best links in England.

This is the 22nd event on the 2021/22 European Tour calendar, which bears the name DP World Tour.

Across the Channel, three South Africans will tackle one of the most established women’s tournaments, the Evian Championship in Évian-les-Bains, France.

Ashleigh Buhai, Lee-Anne Pace and Paula Reto will be seeking a share of the event’s highly lucrative $6.5 million (around R111 million) purse on the Evian Resort course in the Alps, near Lake Geneva.

This LPGA Tour major also sees Jennifer Kupcho attempt to become the first American woman to win two majors in a single season this century, after winning the Chevron Championship in California, USA, in April. .

The LPGA has five major championships in the season, one more than the men’s scene.

Meanwhile, five U.S.-based South African men will compete in the PGA Tour’s 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, starting Thursday.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Dylan Frittelli, Garrick Higgo, Dawie van der Walt and Erik van Rooyen are chasing points and prize money in this penultimate tournament of the 2021/22 PGA Regular Season.

The scholarship is $7.5 million (about R128 million).

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