Joburg Open 2020: Form guide for this week's event at Randpark's Firethorn layout

The Joburg Open at Randpark is the first of three straight European Tour events in South Africa
Randpark's Firethorn Course is a parkland layout in the north-west suburbs of Johannesburg

The European Tour heads to South Africa where Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the highest ranked pro taking part at this week's Joburg Open. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Among home-based golfers taking part is Daniel van Tonder who has won four times on the Sunshine Tour during the past two and a half months."

Just when it seemed that the European Tour was about to ease down for the year, four new tournaments have been added to its autumn schedule.

Starting this week in Johannesburg, three of these events will be staged in South Africa while the other one takes place in the United Arab Emirates, as a precursor to the end of season spectacular in Dubai.

These late additions to the calendar will have delighted many of the Tour's mid-ranked players who are unlikely to qualify for December's DP World Tour Championship, and so assumed that their competitive year would end in Cyprus.

Prize money for South Africa's triple offering will be similar to the purses provided for this summer's UK Swing, as well as many of the other hastily arranged new events.

This week's Joburg Open will be co-sanctioned with Southern Africa's Sunshine Tour and played over Randpark's Firethorn course.

Back from Augusta

Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the only golfer teeing-up on Thursday to have competed in last week's Masters Tournament when he tied-for-38th alongside Tiger Woods, Tony Finau and joint-first round leader Paul Casey.

The 26-year-old South African will be playing his first tournament on home soil since February when he won the Dimension Data Pro-Am, part of the Sunshine Tour.

Among the other home-based golfers taking part is Daniel van Tonder who has won four times on the Sunshine Tour during the past two and a half months.

Others include Louis De Jager, Dean Burmester and the experienced Darren Fichardt who finished second at Randpark as long ago as 2000 when the club hosted the national open.

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Over a long career, the 45-year-old has won 18 events on the Sunshine Tour, and five times on its European counterpart.

Burmester, a former world No 86 but now at 204, tied-fifth on his most recent outing at the Italian Open.

And if you think South Africans are most likely to prosper this weekend, then Jaco Ahlers and JC Ritchie may be worth investigating too.

Overseas challenge

As for non-home pros taking part, Marcus Armitage and Gavin Green have enjoyed some decent form at Randpark in recent years.

Armitage, a 33-year-old Englishman, has posted a brace of Top-5s over Firethorn, and in his last four outings on the European Tour has finished inside the top-12 on each occasion.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Green has enjoyed top-20 finishes on his two previous trips to Randpark. Both Armitage and Green have yet to win at this level.

Venue background

Randpark Golf Club is situated in the north-west suburbs of the country's most populated city.

Opening its doors in the early 1940s, Randpark Golf Club is a lush, parkland venue with Kikuyu grass fairways, and putting surfaces that are sown with hard-wearing ostrich grass.

Firethorn, one of Randpark's two 18-hole courses, 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.

The course has undergone a number of modifications in more recent decades.

Most Top-20 finishes in European Tour events staged in South Africa during the past five years:
Total
9: Dean Burmester
7: Zander Lombard
7: Richard Sterne
7: Brandon Stone
7: Jaco Van Zyl
5: Jacques Blaauw
5: Darren Fichardt
5: Trevor Fisher
5: Justin Walters
4: David Drysdale
4: Keith Horne
4: Scott Jamieson
4: Joost Luiten
4: Haydn Porteous

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

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

Last 10 Weeks / Randpark Form (2017/20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 38 40 MC 55
Garrick Higgo MC 3 27 26 MC 1
Shaun Norris 28 MC MC
Adri Arnaus 5 32 26 23
Joost Luiten MC* 53 10 MC 19 11 MC
Daniel Van Tonder 1 28 1 1
Adrian Otaegui 22 1 MC 42 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 2 34 MC 20 56 14 5
Gavin Green 7 MC 48 42
JC Ritchie 41 5 MC MC
Matthew Jordan 9 12 30 25 14
Wil Besseling 17 16 30 54 14
Antoine Rozner MC* 21 10 28 36
Dean Burmester 5 MC MC MC 22
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC MC
Scott Vincent MC 49 MC MC 8
Brandon Stone 16 MC 19 14
Marcus Armitage 14 12 10 7 23 50
Joachim B Hansen Wd 7 MC 28
Jack Senior MC MC 63 MC 28 14
Steven Brown 9 MC MC 24 MC 39 64
Jaco Ahlers 24 20 28 2 8
Darren Fichardt 5 43 MC 4
Ross McGowan MC 1 MC 67 42
Johannes Veerman 4 34 46 Wd 8
Adrian Meronk MC MC 22 51 10 36
Scott Jamieson 48 37 MC 36 54
Justin Walters MC 16 MC MC MC
Oliver Farr MC MC 9 39
Richard Sterne
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC* 66 MC MC 6
Richard Bland 16 MC 16 MC 14 27
Darius Van Driel 30 33 60 MC
Dale Whitnell MC 6 22 MC 39 24
Louis De Jager 9 34 22 17 4
Scott Hend MC 10 59 11 MC
Wilco Nienaber MC 53 MC 48 14
Sean Crocker MC 9 44 36 39
Thriston Lawrence 24 40 18 7 14
Adrien Saddier MC 9 MC 6 32
Zander Lombard MC
Robin Roussel MC MC 53 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 49 30 27 55 MC
Yikeun Chang MC 63 39 Wd MC
Adilson Da Silva 4 MC 2 24
Jonathan Caldwell 16 MC 5 7 54 50
Shubhankar Sharma MC* 14 37 48 26 64 44
Niklas Lemke 9 MC 30 MC 54 6
Joel Sjoholm MC* 58 22 69 MC
MJ Viljoen MC 3 35 7 2
Grant Forrest MC 49 MC 32 19 14
Ewen Ferguson MC MC 16 30 14 MC
David Drysdale MC 10 MC 51 MC MC MC 70
Bryce Easton MC 16 16 50
Martin Rohwer 5 MC
Neil Schietekat 24 2 MC MC 8
Cormac Sharvin MC 28 60 MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 7 MC 16 48 MC Wd
Fabrizio Zanotti 62 48 7
Julian Suri MC 21 MC 36 MC 32 50
Ricardo Santos MC 34 MC 63 24 50
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Philip Eriksson 11 63 MC 53
Rhys Enoch 12 MC 53 44
Emilio Cuartero Blanco 14 11 14 35 MC 69
Steve Surry MC
Aaron Cockerill MC 14 22 MC 58 24
Jacques Blaauw 5 6 2 4 18
Nicolai Hojgaard 16 MC 65
Hennie Du Plessis MC 36 5 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 53 MC MC MC 44
Oliver Fisher MC 67 MC MC MC
Lars Van Meijel MC MC 53 43 35 58
Ockie Strydom MC 21 12 MC MC
Daan Huizing MC MC MC 14 MC MC
Garrick Porteous MC MC 4 39 44
Jbe Kruger 24 MC MC MC
Merrick Bremner MC 14 1 MC MC
Keith Horne 12 4 35 8
Jaco Van Zyl 14 12 Wd
Keenan Davidse 5 7 2 MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC 43 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC 68 MC MC MC MC
David Dixon MC
Ruan Korb 1 21 MC 6 MC
Deon Germishuys 3 14 12 MC MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC 36 MC
Peter Karmis 13 8 5 42 MC
Jean Hugo
Benjamin Poke MC 56 MC 35 MC
Lorenzo Scalise MC 63 56 30 MC
Matias Calderon
Jake Roos MC 11 MC MC 21
Luke Jerling MC 33 23 40 8
Toby Tree Wd MC 46 MC 14 36
Anton Haig 2 8 MC 12 MC
Malcolm Mitchell 13 23 18 5 44
MJ Daffue MC 12 72
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano Wd 58 39 33 53 14
Toto Thimba Wd MC MC MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo 20 29 MC MC 44
Romain Wattel MC MC 60 MC
Trevor Fisher
David Law 33 MC MC 35 58
Oliver Bekker 5 8 12 MC 18
Anthony Michael 5 24 10 17 MC
Hennie Otto 35 MC MC 24 31
Ryan Lumsden
Jack Harrison MC
Daniel Greene 33
Ruan Conradie Wd MC 9 MC MC
Michael G Palmer 24 13 MC 36
Stephen Ferreira MC MC 28
James Hart Du Preez MC MC MC MC MC
Alex Haindl 29 5 MC MC
Jayden Trey Schaper 17 MC 5 7 29
Lee Slattery MC MC
Jake Redman 3 31 MC MC 14
Ruan De Smidt MC MC MC MC MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC MC
Estiaan Conradie MC 19
Marcel Siem Wd 45 35 53
Christiaan Basson 24 36 11 17 MC
JJ Senekal MC MC MC MC MC
Callum Mowat 13 39 12 17 44
Louis Albertse 5 18 MC MC
Chase Hanna 46 14
Richard McEvoy MC 49 MC MC 69 MC
Andre Nel 13 MC MC
Heinrich Bruiners 20 41 28 40 29
Pedro Figueiredo MC 53 MC 43 18 MC
Jack Floydd MC
CJ Du Plessis MC 27 MC MC
Dylan Naidoo MC 14 18 MC 31
Thabiso Ngcobo Dq 47 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin Wd MC MC MC
James Kingston 38 MC MC
Rourke Van der Spuy MC 45 35
Sam Broadhurst
Joe Long
Janne Kaske 14 26 MC MC MC
Allister De Kock MC 23 MC MC
Thanda Mavundla MC MC MC
Adriel Poonan MC 43 MC MC
Nikhil Rama MC 32 24 50
Evance Vukeya MC MC 33 MC
Andre De Decker 35 41 Wd MC
Hayden Griffiths 32 MC MC 21
Richard Joubert MC MC MC 44
Makhetha Mazibuko 35 MC 31 MC
Breyten Meyer MC MC MC
Colin Nel 23 MC
Riekus Nortje MC 24 35
Matthew Spacey MC MC 12 MC
Desne Van den Burgh 20 24 MC MC MC
Peetie Van der Merwe 32 MC MC MC
Player 2020 2018 2017
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC MC 30
Garrick Higgo MC
Shaun Norris 36 54 3
Adri Arnaus 63
Joost Luiten
Daniel Van Tonder MC 59 MC
Adrian Otaegui
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC MC
Gavin Green 15 19
JC Ritchie 6 27
Matthew Jordan 37
Wil Besseling MC
Antoine Rozner 51
Dean Burmester MC MC 19
Andrea Pavan 42
Scott Vincent MC 30
Brandon Stone MC 7
Marcus Armitage 3 5
Joachim B Hansen 45 MC 6
Jack Senior 4 MC
Steven Brown 54 19
Jaco Ahlers 4 MC 19
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC
Ross McGowan 73 MC 13
Johannes Veerman 13 MC*
Adrian Meronk 42
Scott Jamieson MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC
Oliver Farr 28 MC 49
Richard Sterne MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Richard Bland 22
Darius Van Driel
Dale Whitnell MC
Louis De Jager MC MC MC
Scott Hend
Wilco Nienaber MC 54
Sean Crocker MC MC
Thriston Lawrence 36 MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC 57
Zander Lombard MC 15 Dq
Robin Roussel MC
Matthieu Pavon MC
Yikeun Chang 7
Adilson Da Silva MC 29 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 57
Shubhankar Sharma 1
Niklas Lemke MC MC
Joel Sjoholm MC
MJ Viljoen MC MC 30
Grant Forrest MC MC
Ewen Ferguson MC 29
David Drysdale MC Ret MC
Bryce Easton MC 3 MC
Martin Rohwer 6 MC
Neil Schietekat MC 29 MC
Cormac Sharvin
Alexander Levy
Fabrizio Zanotti
Julian Suri
Ricardo Santos MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 66 MC 49
Philip Eriksson 71 MC
Rhys Enoch 36 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Steve Surry 36 MC Dq
Aaron Cockerill
Jacques Blaauw 15 65 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Hennie Du Plessis 6 MC 13
Alvaro Quiros
Oliver Fisher
Lars Van Meijel MC
Ockie Strydom MC MC 30
Daan Huizing MC
Garrick Porteous MC 72
Jbe Kruger MC 7 MC
Merrick Bremner MC MC
Keith Horne 15 48 MC
Jaco Van Zyl 28 37
Keenan Davidse MC MC 67
Oliver Wilson 3
Haydn Porteous 45 7 49
David Dixon MC
Ruan Korb MC
Deon Germishuys 57 43
Jean-Paul Strydom MC MC MC
Peter Karmis 28 MC
Jean Hugo 22 MC 57
Benjamin Poke MC
Lorenzo Scalise 15
Matias Calderon 64 21 MC
Jake Roos MC 37 MC
Luke Jerling 28 MC MC
Toby Tree MC MC*
Anton Haig MC 65
Malcolm Mitchell
MJ Daffue
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC
Toto Thimba MC MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo MC MC 49
Romain Wattel
Trevor Fisher 22 MC
David Law MC MC
Oliver Bekker MC 13
Anthony Michael MC 7 MC
Hennie Otto 36 33 13
Ryan Lumsden
Jack Harrison 59 MC
Daniel Greene 75 37 8
Ruan Conradie MC MC
Michael G Palmer MC 48 MC
Stephen Ferreira MC MC 69
James Hart Du Preez 51
Alex Haindl MC 37 MC
Jayden Trey Schaper 6
Lee Slattery MC
Jake Redman MC 59 MC*
Ruan De Smidt 73 MC MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC MC
Estiaan Conradie 69
Marcel Siem 49 MC
Christiaan Basson MC MC MC
JJ Senekal MC 69 57
Callum Mowat MC 64 MC
Louis Albertse MC MC
Chase Hanna 51
Richard McEvoy MC 30
Andre Nel MC 69 72
Heinrich Bruiners MC MC Dq
Pedro Figueiredo MC 48
Jack Floydd
CJ Du Plessis 28 59
Dylan Naidoo MC MC
Thabiso Ngcobo MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC
James Kingston MC
Rourke Van der Spuy 71 MC 61
Sam Broadhurst
Joe Long
Janne Kaske
Allister De Kock MC MC
Thanda Mavundla MC
Adriel Poonan MC
Nikhil Rama
Evance Vukeya
Andre De Decker MC MC MC
Hayden Griffiths
Richard Joubert
Makhetha Mazibuko MC MC MC
Breyten Meyer MC MC*
Colin Nel MC Dq
Riekus Nortje MC MC MC
Matthew Spacey MC
Desne Van den Burgh MC MC
Peetie Van der Merwe

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