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Charl Schwartzel lost a play-off at Glendower three years ago
Charl Schwartzel lost a play-off at Glendower three years ago
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Check out the stats ahead of this week's BMW South African Open at Glendower, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales ....

"Not only is former Masters champ Schwartzel keen to secure his national open title for the first time, the 33-year-old has unfinished business at Glendower"

The European Tour picks up from where it left off in early December, by returning to South Africa for the opening event of the 2018 calendar.

For a fifth season in a row, South Africa's national open is being staged at Glendower in the northern province of Gauteng.

This tree-lined course, in the City of Ekurhuleni, is situated around 1,500 metres above sea level. Although the layout is generally flat, its putting surfaces are gently undulating.

Opened in March 1937, Glendower is a traditional old-fashioned parkland course which demands accuracy from most tees, due to dense rough which runs alongside almost every fairway. Bunkers are also plenty full, while water hazards can be found on 11 holes.

Standout Entries

Of those teeing-up this week, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace appear to be the standout competitors. Not only is former Masters champ Schwartzel keen to secure his national open title for the first time, the 33-year-old has unfinished business at Glendower.

Although the tournament does not have the same worldwide prestige it enjoyed even 20 years ago, it remains a highly valued addition to any South African golfer's CV. Schwartzel has posted five top-four finishes in this event and on two occasions - both at Glendower - had led through 54 holes.

The most painful of these defeats came three years ago, when he held a five-stroke lead going into the final round following scores of 68-69-66. But a closing 74, when he covered the last five holes in four over par, ended in play-off misery, and left him without a South African Open title to his name.

Other Home Hopefuls

Dylan Frittelli has raced up the pecking order in recent months, while Dean Burmester usually performs well on home soil nowadays. The latter was fourth at Glendower 12 months ago, having tied-for-10th over the same course in 2016.

Experienced South Africans Thomas Aiken and Trevor Fisher have strong Glendower form, although neither have played well in recent months. And Shaun Norris may fancy his chances after closing 2017 with five top-10s from seven events.

Overseas Challenge

James Morrison has a respectable history on South African soil and, at the Joburg Open in December, tied-sixth.

Morrison's fellow Englishman Jordan Smith, who stood on the podium at Glendower last year, is one of the few players teeing-up this week currently inside the world's top 100.

Up-and-coming Finn, Tapio Pulkkanen, tied-for-third in Johannesburg last month, which helped him end the year at No 167 in the World Ranking, having started 2017 outside the top 1,000.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41
Branden Grace 31 1 15 15 32
Charl Schwartzel 28 12 50 28 48
Dylan Frittelli 20 42 1 16 4 42 2 MC
Chris Wood 57 68 23
Jordan Smith 25 Wd 42 58 21
Soren Kjeldsen 36 12 23 18
Matt Wallace 30 34 54 18 4
Andy Sullivan 48 65 61 18 MC
Matthew Southgate 11 24 MC
George Coetzee 30 9 58 37 27 6
Graeme Storm 52 10 77 71 MC
Dean Burmester 19 27 4 42 61 58
Richard Sterne 31 19 54 38 32
Erik Van Rooyen 2 MC 3 17 38 1
Matthieu Pavon 5 13 19 20 63
Aaron Rai 19 MC MC 14 8
Shaun Norris 3 2 26 16 6 4 6 89 51
Renato Paratore 60 56 23 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 3 MC 35 42 26 2
Jason Scrivener 15 19 1 27 MC
Haydn Porteous 49 40 21 12 35 38 MC
Brandon Stone 66 74 76 MC
Nacho Elvira 29 30 MC 40
Clement Sordet 50 10 1 3 17 15
Julien Guerrier 20 19 8 19
Lucas Bjerregaard 58 37 48 MC
Darren Fichardt MC 16 6 32
Jin Ho Choi 8 20 48 7 8 36
Marc Warren 48 66 66 10
Thomas Detry 45 10 51 36 MC
Austin Connelly MC 70 54 21
Jorge Campillo MC 27 35 36 40
Richard Bland 30 50
Gregory Bourdy MC 37 42 MC 30
Lee Slattery 29 72 48 MC
Oscar Lengden MC 20 MC MC 39
James Morrison 6 MC 10 36 MC
Mikko Korhonen 13 MC MC
Pedro Oriol 44 48 7 33 20
Ryan Evans 50 31 16 12 3 28
Jbe Kruger MC 32 MC 39 9
Adrien Saddier 57 MC 20 12 11 46
David Drysdale MC MC 42 42 56 26
Oliver Bekker 13 9 MC 15
Bernd Ritthammer 48
Marcus Kinhult MC 50 27 2 19 41 5
Jamie Donaldson MC 23 4 26
Oliver Farr 49 24 MC 20 49 1 7
Chris Paisley MC 23 MC 58
Thomas Aiken MC 31 MC
Jens Dantorp 49 44 MC 5 1 14 MC
Victor Perez 13 MC 30 7 17 50
Peter Karmis MC 50 34 15 MC
Alexander Knappe MC 41 65
Brett Rumford MC 12 47 18 45
Chase Koepka 50 MC 33 15 20 MC
Richard McEvoy 30 32 30 MC 11 Wd
Ricardo Gouveia 16 68 23 56
Oliver Fisher MC 12 MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC 20 4 38 6
Edoardo Molinari 31 55 56 58 MC
Ockie Strydom 30 9 2 MC 2
Lasse Jensen MC MC 36 MC
Adilson Da Silva MC 59 57 MC 10 47
Tom Lewis MC MC MC
Joel Stalter Wd 9 MC
Nick Cullen 24 7 15 14 63
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 7 30
Marcus Armitage 5 15 MC
Ashley Chesters MC 44 39 12
Jacques Kruyswijk 49 62 11
Retief Goosen 29 34 77 MC
Zander Lombard Dq MC 4 36 MC
Trevor Fisher
Daniel Brooks 30 MC 3 45
Jaco Ahlers 19 MC
Jared Harvey MC MC MC 2 MC
Keith Horne MC 31 29 7 19
Pep Angles 49 32 54
Jeff Winther 27 14 12 26
Bradley Neil MC MC 65 9 MC 8 26
Ben Evans MC Wd 36 55
Justin Walters MC 14 54 MC
Felipe Aguilar 61 32
Adrian Meronk 42 55 11 2
Charlie Ford 8 42 42 26 MC
Christofer Blomstrand 8 MC 53 20 MC
Gregory Havret MC 66 MC 21
Raphael Jacquelin MC 30 MC
Scott Fernandez MC 32 MC 3 19 8 19
Riekus Nortje MC MC 9 26
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 19 MC 26 31
Christopher Mivis MC MC 20 4 20 55
Duncan Stewart MC MC MC
Doug McGuigan MC 40 3 MC 5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 30 MC MC
Jacques Blaauw MC 32 8 MC 31
Hennie Du Plessis 13 MC 1
Jens Fahrbring 30 36
Alex Haindl MC MC 1 11
Louis De Jager MC 4 30 29 17
Henric Sturehed MC MC 1 12
Nathan Kimsey 30 9 MC
Pontus Widegren MC 65 MC 28 MC
JC Ritchie 27 MC MC 36
Ernie Els MC Wd 51
Tom Murray MC 20 MC 53 MC
Jean Hugo 57 MC 15 3 8
Thomas Linard 5 19 MC 50
Toby Tree MC MC 61
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo 49 64 1 3 8
Jonathan Thomson MC MC 3
Hennie Otto 13 MC MC 22
Ruan De Smidt MC MC 3
Laurie Canter MC 16 MC
Morten Orum Madsen 44 64 53 10
Keenan Davidse 67 MC 4 MC 41
Soomin Lee MC MC 50
Justin Harding MC MC 30 12 7
David Howell MC MC MC 58
Espen Kofstad MC MC
JJ Senekal 57 MC 31
Zack Byrd MC
Vaughn Groenewald 19 MC MC 19
Jake Roos MC MC 22 45
Neil Schietekat MC 22 18 10
Nico Geyger MC 27 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 42 27 19 56 50
Jonathan Agren MC 3 49
Rak Hyun Cho MC 6 28
Marcel Schneider MC 59 7
Chris Swanepoel MC MC MC MC 26
MJ Viljoen 30 MC 7 MC 5
Anthony Michael MC 35
Breyten Meyer MC 9 11
Ben Stow MC
Gary Stal MC Wd MC MC
Christiaan Basson MC 57 MC MC
Mark Williams MC 32 MC
Titch Moore MC Wd 34 29
Matthew Baldwin 19 Wd 42 MC 28
Ross McGowan 13 MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC 9 9 19 41
Daniel Greene 8 34 33
Tyrone Ferreira MC 15 7 36
Wallie Coetsee MC MC MC 41
Tyrone Ryan 42 Wd MC 19 17
Tjaart Van Der Walt 63
Josh Geary MC 62 56 26 MC
Rourke Van der Spuy 61 9 MC MC
Merrick Bremner
Madalitso Muthiya MC MC MC
Matthew Nixon MC MC MC MC
Sebastien Gros MC MC MC
Colin Nel Dq 30 3 31
Ulrich Van Den Berg MC MC 25 22
Andrew Curlewis 67 MC MC MC 17
Mike Weir 15 MC
Andre Nel 72 MC 22 31
Rhys West MC 18 MC MC
Garth Mulroy MC
Sam Horsfield MC 22
James Kingston
Trevor Immelman
Kyle McClatchie MC
Marc Cayeux MC MC 30 MC
Jovan Rebula
Mathias Gronberg
Trevor Dodds
Player 2017 2016 2015 2013
Branden Grace 4 15
Charl Schwartzel 2 4
Dylan Frittelli MC 18 MC
Chris Wood
Jordan Smith 3
Soren Kjeldsen
Matt Wallace
Andy Sullivan MC MC 1 12
Matthew Southgate MC 51
George Coetzee MC MC MC
Graeme Storm 1 32 MC
Dean Burmester 4 10 66 MC
Richard Sterne 32 20
Erik Van Rooyen MC 18 33
Matthieu Pavon MC
Aaron Rai
Shaun Norris 52 MC 41 MC
Renato Paratore 27 62
Tapio Pulkkanen
Jason Scrivener 12 11
Haydn Porteous MC MC
Brandon Stone 31 1 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 46 MC
Clement Sordet
Julien Guerrier
Lucas Bjerregaard 57 66
Darren Fichardt 26 MC MC 37
Jin Ho Choi
Marc Warren
Thomas Detry 40
Austin Connelly
Jorge Campillo 12 25 22
Richard Bland MC
Gregory Bourdy 21
Lee Slattery MC 27 3 MC
Oscar Lengden
James Morrison 13 15 22
Mikko Korhonen 7
Pedro Oriol 38
Ryan Evans MC
Jbe Kruger 21 45 61 2
Adrien Saddier
David Drysdale 7 27 11 59
Oliver Bekker MC MC MC 34
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Marcus Kinhult MC
Jamie Donaldson MC
Oliver Farr MC
Chris Paisley MC 41
Thomas Aiken 5 5 17
Jens Dantorp
Victor Perez
Peter Karmis MC MC MC 12
Alexander Knappe 31
Brett Rumford Wd
Chase Koepka
Richard McEvoy 45 MC
Ricardo Gouveia
Oliver Fisher 26 MC
Gavin Moynihan
Edoardo Molinari 7 MC 41 52
Ockie Strydom 67 MC MC
Lasse Jensen 51 20
Adilson Da Silva 40 59 25
Tom Lewis 18 22
Joel Stalter 7
Nick Cullen
Jose-Filipe Lima
Marcus Armitage MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 57 21 MC
Retief Goosen MC 4 22
Zander Lombard MC 12 MC MC
Trevor Fisher 5 8 15 7
Daniel Brooks 52 3 52
Jaco Ahlers MC MC MC MC
Jared Harvey MC 5 29
Keith Horne 21 4 41 MC
Pep Angles 60
Jeff Winther 14 MC
Bradley Neil
Ben Evans 38 MC
Justin Walters 21 4 MC 52
Felipe Aguilar
Adrian Meronk
Charlie Ford
Christofer Blomstrand MC
Gregory Havret
Raphael Jacquelin 13
Scott Fernandez
Riekus Nortje
Lorenzo Gagli
Christopher Mivis
Duncan Stewart MC
Doug McGuigan MC 21 52 59
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 37 2 MC
Jacques Blaauw 21 38 MC
Hennie Du Plessis MC
Jens Fahrbring 18 MC
Alex Haindl MC 59 25 MC
Louis De Jager 40 55 58 MC
Henric Sturehed
Nathan Kimsey MC
Pontus Widegren 37
JC Ritchie MC 64
Ernie Els MC MC 20
Tom Murray 62
Jean Hugo MC MC 33 12
Thomas Linard 12
Toby Tree MC
Daniel Van Tonder 55 MC 55 41
Jaco Prinsloo MC
Jonathan Thomson
Hennie Otto MC 45 13 2
Ruan De Smidt MC 32 MC MC
Laurie Canter 14 64
Morten Orum Madsen 49 MC 41 1
Keenan Davidse 62 41
Soomin Lee
Justin Harding 31 MC 62 MC
David Howell 38
Espen Kofstad 31 MC
JJ Senekal 38 64
Zack Byrd
Vaughn Groenewald MC 45 MC 37
Jake Roos 60 MC
Neil Schietekat MC 51 15 46
Nico Geyger
Andrea Pavan 25 37
Jonathan Agren 40
Rak Hyun Cho
Marcel Schneider
Chris Swanepoel MC 45 52 64
MJ Viljoen
Anthony Michael MC 27
Breyten Meyer
Ben Stow
Gary Stal MC 5
Christiaan Basson MC MC MC 10
Mark Williams 10 MC
Titch Moore 61 MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC
Ross McGowan 49 12 MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC MC
Daniel Greene MC 38
Tyrone Ferreira MC MC MC MC
Wallie Coetsee 55 MC MC
Tyrone Ryan
Tjaart Van Der Walt MC 32 46 MC
Josh Geary
Rourke Van der Spuy 40 MC
Merrick Bremner MC 55 MC 17
Madalitso Muthiya MC 32
Matthew Nixon MC 20 34
Sebastien Gros MC
Colin Nel MC MC 25 MC
Ulrich Van Den Berg 40 MC MC 22
Andrew Curlewis MC MC MC MC
Mike Weir
Andre Nel MC
Rhys West MC MC 25
Garth Mulroy 52 MC MC 10
Sam Horsfield
James Kingston 26 MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC
Kyle McClatchie MC
Marc Cayeux MC
Jovan Rebula MC
Mathias Gronberg
Trevor Dodds MC MC MC
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