Joburg Open 2021: Form guide for this week's event at Randpark

The Firethorn Course at Randpark, Johannesburg
Firethorn is a parkland course located in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg

The new European Tour season starts in South Africa, with this week's tournament taking place in Johannesburg. Words and form stats by Andy Swales...

"Another potential champ is Shaun Norris who spends most of his time in Japan nowadays, where he won the country's national open last month. The 39-year-old was born in Johannesburg and has twice stood on the podium at Randpark."

The European Tour year comes to a close in South Africa where a trilogy of tournaments will take place over the coming three weeks.

First up is the Joburg Open at Randpark, which has the honour of hosting the opening tournament of the new European Tour season.

This co-sanctioned event also forms part of South Africa's Sunshine Tour, and will involve a field of 156 players.

On the tee

Following the excitement of last Sunday's end-of-season Tour finale in Dubai, this week's offering appears to be a more sombre affair - and with a lot less prize money too.

The quality of field can be described as mediocre at best, with barely a handful of top-100 ranked golfers teeing-up in Thursday's opening round.

Whenever the non-South African entry appears lacking in quality, which is certainly the case at Randpark, it is often best to search the list of home pros to try and find the eventual champion.

However, the home contingent also appears to be a little void of star quality, although a number of pros do stand out.

Dean Burmester, winner on home soil three weeks ago, posted four 69s in Dubai to finish in a tie-for sixth on Sunday.

Another potential champ is Shaun Norris who spends most of his time in Japan nowadays, where he won the country's national open last month.

The 39-year-old was born in Johannesburg and has twice stood on the podium at Randpark.

Big hitting youngster Wilco Nienaber will attract some attention this week.

The 21-year-old finished second here last December and his game is heading in one direction only - upwards.

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As for non-South Africans, the well-travelled American Johannes Veerman is chasing a second European Tour victory of the year and is still playing solidly.

Many of Europe's higher-ranked players teeing-up in Johannesburg have enjoyed a strong year on the Challenge Tour where the quality of field is similar to that at Randpark this week.

One golfer who has already tasted victory on the European Tour is Romain Langasque.

The Frenchman made his breakthrough at Celtic Manor last year and, despite a few setbacks during 2021, can certainly prosper among this crowd.

He was runner-up at Randpark three years ago and his highest finish of 2021 came on the same continent during March - tied-5th at the Kenya Open.

Course details

Randpark Golf Club has a rich history which dates back to the early 1940s.

The club itself is 81 years old, and is situated in the north-west suburbs of the country's most populated city.

Randpark has two top-class 18-hole courses - Bushwillow and Firethorn.

Bushwillow has been in existence since the mid-1940s, while the much younger and considerably longer Firethorn opened in 1971.

This week's event will take place at Firethorn, which is a lush, parkland venue with Kikuyu grass fairways, and putting surfaces that are sown with hard-wearing ostrich grass.

Firethorn was designed by London-born pro Sid Brews, who finished second in The Open Championship of 1934.

Brews lived much of his life in South Africa, winning the country's national open eight times and he was commissioned to create Firethorn during the mid-1960s.

Since then, Firethorn has undergone a number of modifications, most recently in 2014.

At over 7,500 yards, Firethorn is a venue to suit the longer-hitters, although there are plenty of subtle changes in direction on these beautifully manicured tree-lined fairways.

Water comes into play on eight holes, often in the form of long-winding creeks.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Course form table: European Tour events staged at Randpark in 2017-18-20 (1) were played over two layouts (Firethorn (54 holes) & Bushwillow (18 holes).)

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Last 10 Weeks / Randpark Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38
Dean Burmester 6 44 1 7 MC
Marcus Helligkilde 1 2 34 1 34 12
Shaun Norris 15 25 16 39 1 5 37 8 16
Santiago Tarrio 12 52 24 MC 62
Dylan Frittelli MC 19 MC 22 MC 39 MC
Johannes Veerman 21 MC MC 6
Justin Harding 50 55 53 MC 54 9
Julien Brun 2 20 1 5 10 7
Daniel Van Tonder 19 MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia 2 3 47 15 4 58
Brandon Stone MC 32
Masahiro Kawamura 48 59 37 MC MC
George Coetzee 59 46 24 MC 50
Daniel Gavins 44 MC 11 MC* 6
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 44 Wd 28 15 MC
Wilco Nienaber 8 MC 49 6 36 22
Marcel Siem 15 MC MC 45 15
Renato Paratore MC MC 11 25 9 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 16 MC 34 MC
Hugo Leon 26 16 39 MC 4
Matthew Jordan 31 5 68 24 MC
Angel Hidalgo Portillo 15 MC 14 54 30 MC
Matthias Schmid 11 MC 9 2
Frederic LaCroix 2 5 28 4 2 67
Pep Angles 26 2 MC MC MC
Neil Schietekat 5 2 26 MC 17
Darren Fichardt 59 38 71 MC
Oliver Bekker 7 20 MC 11
Jaco Ahlers 5 19 3 MC
Lukas Nemecz 18 MC 14 47 6 2
Chase Hanna 24 8 MC 64
Jaco Prinsloo MC 10
Romain Langasque 31 26 34 11 MC MC 22
Jonathan Caldwell 55 26 72 65 MC MC
Espen Kofstad 18 8 MC 30
Andrew Wilson 12 16 3 MC MC MC
Hurly Long 43 16 28 MC 34 8
JC Ritchie 6 MC 61 39 15
Craig Howie 31 46 23 MC MC
Darius Van Driel MC 68 4
Yannik Paul 2 8 MC 10 11
Ondrej Lieser 45 19
JaydenTreySchaper 5 12 9 9 MC
Hennie Du Plessis 18 5 39 15 20
Jesper Svensson 26 34 3 40 44
Richie Ramsay MC 43 MC MC 45 17
Justin Walters MC 26 MC 56 MC
Jesper Kennegard 8 22 14 MC 15 5
Dale Whitnell MC 49 MC
Luke Brown MC 1 20 MC 6
Matteo Manassero 8 3 28 MC 37
Kristof Ulenaers 31 55 MC MC 52 MC
Louis Albertse MC 4 12 25 1
Ross Fisher MC 30 MC MC* MC
Louis De Jager 3 26 MC 44 50
MJ Viljoen MC 25 MC
Niall Kearney MC 12
Jacques Blaauw 36 MC 10 25 MC 37
Lyle Rowe MC MC 1 43 6
Pieter Moolman 2 26 17 30 MC
Jbe Kruger 32 56 19 51 40 MC 23
Steven Brown MC 43 MC 56 MC 47
David Drysdale MC MC Wd 41 34 59 27
Jens Dantorp 21 34 7 MC 4 11
Oliver Farr 51 MC 34 75 62
Daan Huizing 26 40 MC 15 23 69
Alex Haindl 32 20 MC MC
Bryce Easton 7 39 23 38
Ugo Coussaud 15 Wd 10 MC 15 5
Martin Rohwer 25 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC MC MC 56 66
Thriston Lawrence 6 MC MC
Rhys Enoch 61 12 39 69
Ashley Chesters 31 63 MC 25 65 MC MC
Aaron Cockerill MC 26 65 19
Anton Karlsson MC 52 34 47
Steve Surry 4 MC MC 3 MC
Matthew Baldwin 22 MC 19 27 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC MC 65 38
Matt Ford MC 43 75
Ockie Strydom 19 21 5 19 28
Keenan Davidse 13 26 6 MC 17
Lorenzo Scalise 51 MC MC 52 27
Joel Stalter 68 MC 54 MC MC MC Wd
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 44 MC 34 40 MC 8
Oliver Wilson MC 12 11 MC MC MC
Trevor Fisher 7 11 9 6
Zander Lombard 24 MC 26 MC 56 MC MC
Michael G Palmer MC 10 24 6 MC
Jaco Van Zyl 24 MC 20 MC 24
Ulrich Van Den Berg 34 15 15 MC
Deon Germishuys MC 21 8 30 3
Hennie Otto 30 52 30 9 28
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC MC 60 MC
Lars Van Meijel MC 54 58
Jake Roos
Richard Sterne
Jean-Paul Strydom 13 21 7 MC 17
Luke Jerling 19 15 MC 13 MC
Daniel Greene 44 52 MC 1 34
Damien Perrier 40 47 52 MC
Estiaan Conradie MC 15 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jean Hugo MC 49 30 13 MC
Ricardo Santos MC 32 MC MC MC 6
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC 26 30 MC
Martin Simonsen 46 MC MC 15 50
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 64 56 MC MC
Zheng-Kai Bai 34
Robin Roussel 31 MC 26 MC MC 27
Jens Fahrbring MC 14 MC 44 64
Julian Suri MC MC MC MC 36
Jake Redman 44 MC MC 36 13
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC 61 MC MC 64
Haydn Porteous 64 MC MC MC MC MC MC
CJ Du Plessis 27 39 MC 6 2
David Dixon
Lee Slattery MC 38
Jordan Wrisdale 49 MC 56 69
Keith Horne 24 MC
Madalitso Muthiya 27 30 28 36 MC
Tom Gandy MC MC
Merrick Bremner MC 47 MC MC MC
Liam Johnston MC MC
Daniel Young MC MC
Philip Eriksson MC 34 MC
Christiaan Basson 38 MC 39 3 MC
James Kamte 17 MC 38 36
Steven Tiley MC MC
Stephen Ferreira MC MC 17 MC 13
Ruan Conradie 32 MC 37 MC
James Hart Du Preez MC
David Howell MC MC 54 MC MC MC
Thomas Aiken 71 56 24
Toto Thimba MC MC 12 MC
Carlos Pigem MC 61 56 MC
Aron Zemmer MC MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC 56 MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC MC MC MC
Dylan Naidoo
Ruan De Smidt MC MC MC 36 MC
Jack Harrison
JJ Senekal MC 47 MC
Paul Dunne MC MC MC
Jovan Rebula
Martin Vorster
Angus Flanagan MC 64
Nikhil Rama MC MC 24 MC MC
Jacquin Hess MC 56 MC 36 MC
Rourke Van der Spuy 39 39 MC
James Kingston
Callum Mowat MC Wd 47 MC MC
Jesper Sandborg MC MC
Player 2020 (2) 2020 (1) 2018 2017
Dean Burmester 18 MC MC 19
Marcus Helligkilde
Shaun Norris 3 36 54 3
Santiago Tarrio
Dylan Frittelli MC 42
Johannes Veerman 35 13 MC*
Justin Harding MC MC MC
Julien Brun
Daniel Van Tonder 76 MC 59 MC
Ricardo Gouveia
Brandon Stone 4 MC 7
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC MC MC
George Coetzee 6 MC 30
Daniel Gavins MC MC
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
Wilco Nienaber 2 MC 54
Marcel Siem 56 49 MC
Renato Paratore
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 66 MC 49
Hugo Leon MC
Matthew Jordan 23 37
Angel Hidalgo Portillo
Matthias Schmid
Frederic LaCroix
Pep Angles 49
Neil Schietekat 11 MC 29 MC
Darren Fichardt 11 MC MC MC
Oliver Bekker MC MC 13
Jaco Ahlers MC 4 MC 19
Lukas Nemecz
Chase Hanna 23 51
Jaco Prinsloo 42 MC MC 49
Romain Langasque 2 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 35 57
Espen Kofstad MC MC
Andrew Wilson
Hurly Long 64
JC Ritchie MC 6 27
Craig Howie MC
Darius Van Driel MC
Yannik Paul
Ondrej Lieser
JaydenTreySchaper 18 6
Hennie Du Plessis 35 6 MC 13
Jesper Svensson
Richie Ramsay
Justin Walters 30 MC MC MC
Jesper Kennegard
Dale Whitnell 35 MC
Luke Brown MC
Matteo Manassero MC
Kristof Ulenaers
Louis Albertse 70 MC MC
Ross Fisher
Louis De Jager 42 MC MC MC
MJ Viljoen 56 MC MC 30
Niall Kearney
Jacques Blaauw 7 15 65 MC
Lyle Rowe MC MC Dq
Pieter Moolman Ret MC
Jbe Kruger 35 MC 7 MC
Steven Brown 61 54 19
David Drysdale MC MC Ret MC
Jens Dantorp 49
Oliver Farr 30 28 MC 49
Daan Huizing 51 MC
Alex Haindl MC MC 37 MC
Bryce Easton 7 MC 3 MC
Ugo Coussaud
Martin Rohwer 15 6 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC
Thriston Lawrence MC 36 MC
Rhys Enoch 29 36 MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Aaron Cockerill 4
Anton Karlsson MC
Steve Surry 4 36 MC Dq
Matthew Baldwin 36 19
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC
Matt Ford MC
Ockie Strydom 79 MC MC 30
Keenan Davidse MC MC MC 67
Lorenzo Scalise 23 15
Joel Stalter Wd
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC
Oliver Wilson 61 3
Trevor Fisher MC 22 MC
Zander Lombard 15 MC 15 Dq
Michael G Palmer MC MC 48 MC
Jaco Van Zyl MC 28 37
Ulrich Van Den Berg Wd MC
Deon Germishuys 56 57 43
Hennie Otto 66 36 33 13
Oliver Fisher MC
Lars Van Meijel 7 MC
Jake Roos MC MC 37 MC
Richard Sterne MC MC MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC MC MC MC
Luke Jerling MC 28 MC MC
Daniel Greene 66 75 37 8
Damien Perrier MC
Estiaan Conradie 35 69
Richard McEvoy 42 MC 30
Jean Hugo MC 22 MC 57
Ricardo Santos MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 70 MC 48
Martin Simonsen MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC
Zheng-Kai Bai
Robin Roussel MC MC
Jens Fahrbring 30
Julian Suri 23
Jake Redman 42 MC 59 MC*
Kristoffer Reitan MC
Cormac Sharvin MC
Haydn Porteous MC 45 7 49
CJ Du Plessis MC 28 59
David Dixon MC MC
Lee Slattery MC MC
Jordan Wrisdale MC
Keith Horne 66 15 48 MC
Madalitso Muthiya MC 7 MC
Tom Gandy MC
Merrick Bremner MC MC MC
Liam Johnston MC
Daniel Young MC
Philip Eriksson MC 71 MC
Christiaan Basson MC MC MC MC
James Kamte MC MC MC
Steven Tiley
Stephen Ferreira MC MC MC 69
Ruan Conradie Ret MC MC
James Hart Du Preez 23 51
David Howell MC MC
Thomas Aiken 3 MC
Toto Thimba MC MC MC MC
Carlos Pigem MC MC 72
Aron Zemmer MC
Graeme Storm
Benjamin Follett-Smith 51 MC MC
Dylan Naidoo MC MC MC
Ruan De Smidt 51 73 MC MC
Jack Harrison 61 59 MC
JJ Senekal MC MC 69 57
Paul Dunne
Jovan Rebula MC 24
Martin Vorster MC
Angus Flanagan
Nikhil Rama MC
Jacquin Hess MC MC*
Rourke Van der Spuy MC 71 MC 61
James Kingston MC MC
Callum Mowat MC MC 64 MC
Jesper Sandborg MC

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