Alfred Dunhill Championship 2019: Course and current form guides for Leopard Creek Country Club

Alfred Dunhill Championship 2019, Leopard Creek Country Club
The rural landscape of Leopard Creek Country Club which sits on the edge of Kruger National Park

Andy Swales provides words and stats ahead of this week's co-sanctioned tournament in South Africa...

"Earlier this year, the 25-year-old Bezuidenhout secured his maiden European Tour title over the testing Valderrama layout in southern Spain, and victory number two could easily arrive this week."

No sooner does one European Tour season end, than another begins, with this week's Alfred Dunhill Championship teeing-off less than 90 hours after Jon Rahm had clinched the Race to Dubai title on Sunday.

Leopard Creek Country Club remains the venue for a tournament co-sanctioned by both the European Tour and its South African equivalent.

Opening for business in 1996, Leopard Creek made its professional debut five years later when it staged the country's Tour Championship.

It remained as host to this season-ending event for three more years and in 2004 took charge of the Alfred Dunhill-sponsored tournament for the first time.

This week's contest will be the 15th co-sanctioned event to be staged at the gently undulating course which is situated on the southern edge of the vast Kruger National Park.

The tournament was not staged in 2017 as the course underwent extensive changes to it's playing surfaces.

Course Details

Located in the north-east of the country, the Gary Player-designed layout incorporates many of the characteristics of the local area, meaning there is no shortage of trees, bushes and dense vegetation.

Water comes into play on six holes and, during the recent renovation, the majority of changes involved replacing turf on both fairways and greens.

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Where once was Kikuya, the fairways have been sown with the faster-running Bermudagrass.

As for putting surfaces, the original Creeping Bent is now ultradwarf Bermuda, while a number of fairway bunkers have been repositioned. Routing remains untouched.

Strong Home Contingent

The South Africans, as expected, are out in force this week, with just three of their top 25-ranked players opting to stay away.

Those taking part include Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel, Richard Sterne and Brandon Stone who are all former champions over this course.

For Schwartzel, Leopard Creek is easily his most successful venue thanks to four victories, plus another quartet of runner-up finishes.

However, the 35-year-old missed the cut 12 months ago following changes to the putting surfaces and he hasn't teed-up since mid-April because of a serious wrist injury.

The former world No 6 and 2011 Masters' champion will be hoping that a return to competitive action at his beloved Creek, will inspire him to a solid performance at least.

Regarding this group of four, Stone and Sterne are possibly in the best shape to snatch another win, while George Coetzee and Christiaan Bezuidenhout are other home players whose current form must give them some sort of chance of lifting the trophy in this considerably mediocre field.

Earlier this year, the 25-year-old Bezuidenhout secured his maiden European Tour title over the testing Valderrama layout in southern Spain and victory number two could easily arrive this week.

Overseas Invaders

Among the non-South Africans with a solid record around Leopard Creek is David Drysdale.

The Scot's last six visits have all yielded top-25 finishes, including runners-up over the revamped course 12 months ago.

As for current form, Italian Francesco Laporta ended the recent Challenge Tour season superbly, which yielded a brace of victories plus two other podium finishes from his last seven starts.

Englishman Jack Senior is another in-form player promoted from the second tier of European Tour golf, while South African pro Jaco Ahlers has enjoyed a strong recent run on home soil on the Sunshine Tour.

Twitter: Andy Swales @GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38
Eddie Pepperell Dq 6 48 15 MC
Erik Van Rooyen 28 30 2 38 MC 10 MC 14
Justin Harding 36 48 25 53 57 7 MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 12 24 56 17 MC 3
Calum Hill 48 27 3 15 17 26
Francesco Laporta 1 14 1 7 32 3
Branden Grace 39 MC 46 MC MC 60
Alexander Bjork 49 MC MC Wd 51
JC Ritchie 19 29 39 MC
Darius Van Driel 9 MC 38 10 MC 45
Adrian Otaegui 56 49 MC 60 61 MC MC
Richard Sterne 20 60 50 70 15 MC 31
Matthew Jordan 4 9 38 MC 5
George Coetzee 30 66 1 14 3 48 MC 71
Brandon Stone 2 26 MC MC MC
John Catlin 1 MC 63 40
Oliver Wilson 30 56 56 MC MC 34
Ross Fisher 10 49 MC 25 17 MC 31
Jaco Ahlers 25 1 5 21 MC
Zander Lombard 8 17 72 MC 7 26
Robin Roussel 42 47 2 11 5
Antoine Rozner 40 29 7 21 9
Dean Burmester 14 40 37 34 MC
Adrian Meronk 9 6 5 36 5
Jack Senior 4 39 15 2 18
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 35 17 MC 20 MC 3
Charl Schwartzel
Ricardo Santos 21 9 15 42 MC
Jake McLeod 57 8 71 49 MC
Cormac Sharvin 35 29 30 5 24
Richard Bland 15 4 7 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 48 69 14 MC 33 MC MC
Thriston Lawrence 32 MC 5 1 MC
Justin Walters 67 2 61 10 68 MC MC
Louis De Jager 14 MC Wd MC
Rhys Enoch 15 25 46 36 38
Oliver Farr 6 39 55 1 9
Jose-Filipe Lima 11 MC 38 MC 38
Jeff Winther MC MC 4
Wil Besseling 11 35 3 16 46
Bryce Easton 6 43 25 MC 21 MC
Daniel Van Tonder 8 3 36 MC 31 6
Connor Syme 15 17 MC 9 13
Adilson Da Silva MC 21 2 23
Edoardo Molinari 38 MC 40 23 MC 64
Steve Surry 6 7 MC MC 6
David Law MC MC MC MC 72
Lars Van Meijel 25 47 MC 36 1
Lorenzo Gagli MC 32 MC MC
Grant Forrest MC MC 61 56
Jack Singh Brar 8 MC MC 23 MC
Darren Fichardt 40 66 MC MC MC
Renato Paratore 36 21 40 48 MC MC 41
Ben Stow 15 6 7 MC 30
Jean-Paul Strydom MC MC 14 2 25
Hugo Leon 21 8 MC MC
David Drysdale 73 MC MC 63 MC MC
Oscar Lengden 15 MC 13 2 11 MC
Ross McGowan 21 60 MC MC MC MC
Neil Schietekat 57 6 16 9 39 MC
Eirik Tage Johansen 44 MC 38 11
Johannes Veerman 45 52
Niklas Lemke 56 32 MC
Joel Sjoholm 25 MC 55 4 30
Sami Valimaki
Nicolai Hojgaard 69 66 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 25 MC 41
Rasmus Hojgaard 13 39 7 4 MC
Gregory Havret 27 66 MC 11 24
Dale Whitnell 27 MC MC MC 62
Oliver Fisher 8 72 55 40 MC
Jake Roos 5 MC 15 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 2 53 62 39 MC
Philip Eriksson 42 MC MC
Peter Karmis 29 35 82 MC
Ernie Els 52 MC 64
Emilio Cuartero Blanco Wd MC 1 MC 45
Steven Tiley 27 39 MC 21 8
Martin Rohwer 3 13 33 27 15 11
Matthieu Pavon 27 57 MC 46 MC
Thomas Aiken 31 MC 23 MC MC
Lee Slattery MC 32 MC 37 52 MC
Liam Johnston 40 61 MC MC MC
Merrick Bremner MC 51 9 MC 1
Anton Karlsson 63 MC 63
Michael G Palmer MC 39 MC
Garrick Higgo 14 MC 6 19
Benjamin Poke 27 6 MC MC MC
Ockie Strydom 28 47 2 MC MC 29
Toto Thimba MC 19 MC 37 15 MC
Bernd Ritthammer 27 MC 51
Clement Sordet MC MC 55
Jean Hugo 10 47 21 1 31 MC
Lorenzo Scalise 41 12 46 MC 27 MC
Richard McEvoy 49 66 Wd MC MC
Jack Harrison 33 44 MC 32
Daniel Greene 35 MC MC 6
Romain Wattel 63 40 MC MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 40 57 MC MC Wd
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC MC MC MC MC 12
Ruan Conradie 32 27 12 17 21 2
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 49 61 48 MC MC 41
Laurie Canter 27 39 MC 20 MC
Gavin Moynihan Wd 5 10 MC
Alex Haindl MC MC MC MC 43 MC
Kristoffer Reitan 21 18 MC MC
Jaco Van Zyl 32 MC MC
James Morrison 57 60 15 MC MC
Stephen Ferreira MC 35 MC 31 MC
Trevor Fisher 47 7 MC 21 39
Adrien Saddier 4 32 MC
Anthony Michael MC 3 MC
Hennie Du Plessis 10 27 33 2
Keith Horne 71 35 12 9 26 39
Jacques Kruyswijk 49 MC 25 MC MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell 26
Oliver Bekker MC 6 21 17 21
Hennie Otto 16 1 19 17 8 29
Keenan Davidse 3 MC 36 14 10 MC
Jaco Prinsloo MC 23 MC 27 MC 19
Jacques Blaauw 53 3 9 MC 15
Julien Guerrier 40 56 60
Max Schmitt MC 69 MC
JJ Senekal 42 MC 12 2 19
Clinton Grobler MC 23 2 MC 2
Ben Evans MC 40 37
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC 40 17
Aaron Cockerill 39 38 5 7 5
Kyle Barker 32 9 53 MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC Dq MC 33
MJ Viljoen 2 MC MC MC MC 25
Ruan De Smidt MC 27 44 2 31 5
Callum Mowat MC MC MC 27 MC MC
Marcel Siem Dq 63
Madalitso Muthiya 42 21
Andre De Decker 5 MC MC 45 MC MC
Matias Calderon
Vaughn Groenewald MC
Carlos Pigem 21 53 MC 27 MC
Lyle Rowe MC 35 21 MC MC 19
Garrick Porteous 25 46 16 45
Christiaan Basson MC 13 21 27 39 15
Toby Tree MC
Garth Mulroy 28 MC 29 MC 15
Deon Germishuys 5 MC MC 27 2 MC
Rourke Van der Spuy MC MC MC MC
Riekus Nortje 36 MC 2 29
Harry Hall 15
Jake Redman 20 13 MC MC 31 MC
Marcus Armitage 57 52 MC MC
Tyrone Ryan MC MC MC
Pedro Oriol MC
Doug McGuigan 16 42 MC 37 31 6
Tyrone Ferreira
David Howell MC MC Wd MC MC MC
Wilco Nienaber MC
Mark Williams 23 52
Jayden Trey Schaper
Player `18 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09 `08
Eddie Pepperell MC 8 MC 30
Erik Van Rooyen 26 32 31
Justin Harding 51 MC 11 MC MC MC 61
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 18 56 MC
Calum Hill
Francesco Laporta MC MC
Branden Grace 34 20 8 1 12 MC MC 53
Alexander Bjork 17
JC Ritchie 47 28 MC MC
Darius Van Driel
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC
Richard Sterne 34 2 34 11 MC 7 30 4 1
Matthew Jordan 56
George Coetzee 26 32 MC MC 10 3 MC 45
Brandon Stone 15 1 18
John Catlin
Oliver Wilson 5 MC MC Ret MC
Ross Fisher 3
Jaco Ahlers MC 11 63 43 61 MC MC MC MC MC
Zander Lombard 3 56 MC
Robin Roussel
Antoine Rozner
Dean Burmester MC 17 11 MC MC MC MC
Adrian Meronk
Jack Senior
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Charl Schwartzel MC 4 1 26 1 1 2 2 14
Ricardo Santos 16
Jake McLeod
Cormac Sharvin
Richard Bland 44 10 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 9 23 MC
Thriston Lawrence MC MC MC
Justin Walters 34 MC 18 MC 62 20 32 MC 57
Louis De Jager MC MC 59 16 MC 30 MC MC 61
Rhys Enoch MC
Oliver Farr MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
Jeff Winther 34 48 MC
Wil Besseling MC
Bryce Easton MC 10 MC MC 20
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC MC 16 MC 15
Connor Syme
Adilson Da Silva 34 MC MC 54 MC 29 57
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC 15 MC
Steve Surry MC MC 67 Ret
David Law 26
Lars Van Meijel
Lorenzo Gagli MC 20 MC MC
Grant Forrest MC
Jack Singh Brar 26
Darren Fichardt 12 MC 27 28 MC 20 13 37 25 42
Renato Paratore 40 26
Ben Stow
Jean-Paul Strydom 18 44 34
Hugo Leon
David Drysdale 2 11 18 6 11 25 MC 8 MC 29
Oscar Lengden
Ross McGowan MC MC 58 49
Neil Schietekat 12 48 MC MC MC MC 60 MC MC MC
Eirik Tage Johansen MC 44 MC
Johannes Veerman
Niklas Lemke 7
Joel Sjoholm MC 32 MC
Sami Valimaki
Nicolai Hojgaard
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Gregory Havret MC 44 MC MC MC
Dale Whitnell 51 4
Oliver Fisher 37 Ret MC
Jake Roos MC 25 MC 61 MC MC MC MC MC 62
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Philip Eriksson
Peter Karmis 66 68 MC MC MC MC MC
Ernie Els 26 17
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Steven Tiley MC 9
Martin Rohwer
Matthieu Pavon MC 25
Thomas Aiken 63 4 18 16 MC 55 MC 5 MC 4
Lee Slattery 65 33 52 44 37 MC MC
Liam Johnston MC
Merrick Bremner MC MC MC MC MC MC 20 30 MC MC
Anton Karlsson MC
Michael G Palmer MC
Garrick Higgo
Benjamin Poke
Ockie Strydom 56 63 MC MC 62
Toto Thimba MC MC MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 65 11 MC
Clement Sordet 51
Jean Hugo 72 48 MC 43 MC 55 44 51 MC 21
Lorenzo Scalise
Richard McEvoy 37 MC 63 15 49 MC 51
Jack Harrison
Daniel Greene 61 MC MC
Romain Wattel 18 3
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC 44 MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith
Ruan Conradie
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC
Laurie Canter MC 34
Gavin Moynihan MC
Alex Haindl 66 MC 34 28 29 MC MC 6 MC
Kristoffer Reitan 42
Jaco Van Zyl 56 8 29 47 3 MC 45
James Morrison MC MC MC
Stephen Ferreira
Trevor Fisher MC MC 4 MC MC 49 21 MC 42
Adrien Saddier MC 70 29
Anthony Michael MC 72 MC 2
Hennie Du Plessis MC 62
Keith Horne 11 18 MC MC 7 44 15 34 6
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC 57
Oliver Bekker 9 MC MC 49 MC 47 29 MC 39
Hennie Otto MC MC 22 24 55 7 15 MC 29
Keenan Davidse 51 37 MC MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo 26
Jacques Blaauw MC 44 63 62 MC MC 29 53
Julien Guerrier MC 17
Max Schmitt MC
JJ Senekal MC MC MC 52 MC
Clinton Grobler
Ben Evans 5 41 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC
Alejandro Canizares 26 23 50 MC
Aaron Cockerill
Kyle Barker
Pedro Figueiredo MC
MJ Viljoen MC
Ruan De Smidt MC MC MC MC 37 MC
Callum Mowat 63 MC MC
Marcel Siem MC MC
Madalitso Muthiya 51 MC MC
Andre De Decker MC MC
Matias Calderon 34
Vaughn Groenewald MC 37 18 MC MC 37 15 57 MC
Carlos Pigem 4
Lyle Rowe 51 MC 54 MC MC MC
Garrick Porteous 14
Christiaan Basson MC 57 33 MC 62 15 43 MC
Toby Tree MC
Garth Mulroy MC 37 MC MC 44 3 1 MC 12 21
Deon Germishuys
Rourke Van der Spuy MC MC 54
Riekus Nortje MC MC
Harry Hall
Jake Redman MC MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC
Tyrone Ryan MC MC
Pedro Oriol 11
Doug McGuigan 34 51 31 MC MC 30 20 37 44 MC
Tyrone Ferreira MC MC 63 61 66 MC MC MC MC
David Howell 12 13
Wilco Nienaber
Mark Williams 73 MC 59 MC 67 MC
Jayden Trey Schaper

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