South African Open 2018: Latest course and form guides for this week's event in Johannesburg

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Check out the stats ahead of this week's South African Open at Randpark, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales...

"Dean Burmester tied-fourth at last month’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and usually plays well on home soil."

Most of South Africa's leading pros are teeing-up in Johannesburg to contest the country's national open.

Dylan Frittelli, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel are all in action and part of a massive 240-player field taking part over Randpark's two courses - Firethorn and Bushwillow.

In fact, the leading 10 South Africans in the current World Ranking are among the entries for this historic open which was first staged in 1903.

On Thursday and Friday, the golfers will play one round on each course, before the longer and tougher Firethorn becomes the sole focus for rounds three and four.

This will be the same format as used for last year's Joburg Open, which was held at Randpark and featured another hefty-size field.

Home Strength

In addition to the four golfers mentioned above, there may be better value from the likes of Dean Burmester, Darren Fichardt, Justin Harding and Erik Van Rooyen.

Burmester tied-fourth at last month's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and usually plays well on home soil.

Another usually strong performer in home-based tournaments is 43-year-old Fichardt, a five-time winner on the European Tour.

Fichardt was runner-up at Randpark when the South African Open was held here 18 years ago.

Harding, meanwhile, has won four times during 2018, twice on Africa's Sunshine Tour and twice in Asia.

As for Van Rooyen, the 28-year-old has been a little off form of late but was second at Randpark when it hosted the Joburg Open 12 months ago.

One other home player to consider is Thomas Aiken, whose form has improved recently despite being 294 in the world.

Aiken tied-10th in Turkey last month and might well be a sound each-way bet.

Overseas Challenge

Matt Wallace is the highest-ranked non-South African teeing-up on Thursday, while Chris Paisley defends the title he won at Glendower in January.

American Sean Crocker continues to rise up the World Ranking and is currently at 184, having started 2018 outside the top 750.

He travels to Johannesburg from the Gold Coast, where he tied-ninth at the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday.

And heading even further down the list you'll find Tapio Pulkkanen who stood on the podium at Randpark last December and during the last couple of months has posted a brace of top-10s on the European Tour.

Open History

This will be the third South African Open to be staged at Randpark, and first since 2000.

When the club hosted the Joburg Open 12 months ago, Firethorn measured almost 7,600 yards, more than 450 yards longer than Bushwillow.

Randpark Golf Club, which opened its doors in 1940, is a lush, parkland venue located in the norther suburbs of Johannesburg.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Note: Course Form Is From 2017 Joburg Open held at Randpark

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37
Louis Oosthuizen 3 29 5 32
Matt Wallace 2 5 47 50 16 28 44
Branden Grace 34 11 41 48 50 55
Shaun Norris 15 MC 53 3 1 2 14 9 4
Dylan Frittelli 5 7 21 54 25 39 9
Charl Schwartzel 41 70 MC 40
Justin Harding 4 14 46 43 10 4 2 65
John Catlin MC 62 54 22 1 17 9 8
Brandon Stone 57 60 72 46 MC 10 10
Joachim B Hansen 36 45 13 MC 10 28 14
Victor Perez 14 3 2 1 7 4 14
Erik Van Rooyen 26 60 35 22 MC MC 11
Dean Burmester 4 11 47 48 MC
Chris Paisley 34 9 33 24 8 MC
Scott Vincent 59 37 66 7 13 2
Dimitrios Papadatos 19 2 9 Dq 42 50 MC 37
Darren Fichardt 55 9 23 71 29 48 74
Bernd Wiesberger MC
Kurt Kitayama 1 45 13 4 19
Kim Koivu 47 17 MC MC 7 MC
George Coetzee 28 41 58 50 MC MC 20 44
Sean Crocker 9 5 3 3 17 3
Jack Singh Brar MC 30 17 5 37 41
Pablo Larrazabal 27 18 MC 56 56 MC* 11
Paul Peterson 55 MC 16 MC MC 41
Scott Jamieson 63 MC 20 68
Kalle Samooja MC 32 MC 1 MC 17 57
Grant Forrest 7 36 10 26 2 10 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 22 18 10 MC 24
Masahiro Kawamura 5 MC 2 2 38 51 16
Liam Johnston MC 72 17 MC 32 MC 1
Hyo Won Park 39 20 38 1 2 27 11
Stuart Manley 44 42 26 MC 46 24 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 50 10 MC MC 4 63 MC
Khalin H Joshi MC 1 41 MC 56
Richard Sterne MC 21 60 Wd 22 MC 16
Peter Karmis 11 48 24 10
Ajeetesh Sandhu 28 57 3 MC 60 MC
David Drysdale 65 5 29 63 MC MC 6
Alex Haindl 28 27 11 MC 1 MC
Matthieu Pavon 2 60 68 MC 20 44 MC
Adilson Da Silva 20 30 8 27 1 9 MC
Oliver Wilson MC 22 12 26 1 Wd
Callum Shinkwin 29 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 47 36 MC 56 MC 20 28
Thomas Aiken 23 19 55 10 16 68 MC MC*
Lorenzo Gagli MC 20 30 MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC 42 16 MC MC MC
Robert MacIntyre MC 57 6 2 47 4 MC MC
Neil Schietekat MC 11 24 2 1
David Lipsky MC 45 22 34 MC 63 MC
Clement Sordet 11 MC 58 16 28 40 MC
Jaco Ahlers 47 33 MC MC 4 5
Berry Henson 28 20 72 57 2 47
Pedro Figueiredo 23 13 35 32 MC 24 33
Marc Warren 11 34 MC 63 MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 6 58 MC 58 13
Jeung-Hun Wang 28 45 64 29 29 MC 36
Connor Syme MC 58 MC MC 57
Mink Yu Kim MC 21 26 62 20
Romain Langasque 23 4 35 MC 1 5
Daniel Van Tonder MC 10 9 31 43 32
Juvic Pagunsan MC 51 46 43 13 27 4 MC
Oliver Farr 40 22 9 MC MC MC
Tom Murray 9 25 MC 15 MC 2
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC 34 46
Malcolm Kokocinski 36 MC 30 MC 37 MC
Louis De Jager MC 1 MC MC 2
Austin Connelly 34 MC 42 MC MC 11
Joel Girrbach 55 10 42 37 2 MC
Niklas Lemke 6 26 4 3 28 33
Viraj Madappa 55 67 39 4 MC MC MC
Yikeun Chang 20 20 MC 16 19
Michael G Palmer MC 15 38 MC 27
Trevor Immelman 27 47 34 44
Zander Lombard MC 67 4 MC 67 MC MC MC
Marcel Schneider 25 MC 37 36 53
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC 53
Miguel Carballo MC 27 MC MC
Jake Roos MC 33 19 MC 2 3
Christofer Blomstrand 28 MC MC MC
Rhys Enoch MC 44 MC 9 59 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 44 MC 5 42 MC 27 MC
Adrien Saddier MC 29 34 44 16 Wd
Robert Karlsson 58 34 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC 57 22 16 24 MC
Nick Cullen MC MC MC
Jeff Winther 42 MC MC
Ryan Evans 64 42 Wd MC MC MC
Marco Iten MC 13 16 32 2 53 MC
Keith Horne 23 MC 10 5 4 MC MC
Max Orrin 30 3 55 MC 5
Ewen Ferguson MC 35 10 15 38 13 26
JJ Senekal MC 38 MC 39 MC
Marcel Siem MC MC 42 MC MC MC
Jack Senior MC 6 MC 15 31 10 26
Wen-Chong Liang MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC 37 26 MC 6 MC
David Borda Antonana
Scott Fernandez 30 MC MC MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC
Pavit Tangkamolprasert 8 MC 14 MC MC MC
Andre De Decker MC MC
Michael Hoey MC 22 18 26 MC Wd 5
Matias Calderon MC MC
Jacques Blaauw 4 38 MC 16 5
Jack Harrison 36 10 48 MC 19
Gavin Moynihan 11 8 31 40 20
Jbe Kruger 17 MC 15 24 MC 57 MC 63 25
Rourke Van der Spuy 47 MC MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC 22 MC MC 57
Alejandro Canizares 36 16 59 56 MC
Eirik Tage Johansen 10 55 21 MC 26
Ernie Els 47 37 65 36 43 48
Henric Sturehed MC MC MC 73
Trevor Fisher 17 MC 10 MC 3
Gregory Bourdy MC 70 11 34 MC MC 57
Simon Forsstrom 43 MC 37 17 65
Per Langfors MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 15 29 48 MC* MC
Jake Higginbottom MC 9 MC 35 47 11 18 47
Deyen Lawson MC 30 MC 28
Gregory Havret 39 MC 22 MC 34 41
Borja Virto 35 18 MC MC MC
Vaughn Groenewald MC 18 MC 31 16 21
Steve Surry MC 1 34 MC
Jean Hugo 28 MC 19 24 13 7
Merrick Bremner 63 11 MC 20 MC
Matthew Nixon MC 8 44 46
Ben Evans MC 30 18 60 31 MC 9
Mathieu Fenasse 48 MC 38 MC 50
Chase Koepka 58 MC MC MC 28
Bryce Easton MC 23 10 57
Ockie Strydom MC MC 27 10 MC 14
Bowen Xiao 64 MC 77 MC 41 MC MC 56
Lyle Rowe MC 46 MC MC MC
Hennie Du Plessis MC 18 MC 34 MC
Colin Nel MC 44 MC 24 MC
Chris Hanson MC 48 MC 70 MC
Jarin Todd MC 45 21 MC MC
Ross McGowan 3 40 35 MC 48 63 53
Combrinck Smit MC MC 10 MC MC
Alexander Knappe 56 MC MC MC 40 41
Keenan Davidse MC 27 44 MC 24 12
Tyrone Ryan 39 27 MC
Yan Wei Liu 28 57 73 5 69 MC
Luke Joy 10 4 39 34 MC
Laurie Canter 42 MC MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo MC 43 33 5 12
Pep Angles 29 32 12 MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC
Max Schmitt 7 17 Wd 26
Hennie Otto 55 Wd 5 5 16 MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC 44 MC MC MC
Garth Mulroy MC 38 1
Jared Harvey MC MC MC MC
Christiaan Basson 22 MC MC 27
Bernd Ritthammer MC 75 50
S Chikkarangappa 2 MC 19 52 MC MC
Anthony Michael 10 MC 17 67
Doug McGuigan MC 18 27 31 11 21
Titch Moore 43 MC MC 4 36
Ugo Coussaud MC MC MC
Duncan Stewart MC MC 38 MC MC
Riekus Nortje MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC MC 53
Daniel Greene 4 32
Joseph Dean 31
Breyten Meyer MC 2 MC MC MC
Martin Wiegele MC 66
Matthew Stieger 19 28 MC 6 62
Andre Nel 22 MC MC 9 Wd
David Gleeson MC MC MC 71 30
Toto Thimba MC
Jaco Van Zyl 23 10 MC MC MC* 28
Morten Orum Madsen MC MC MC
Jonathan Agren 8 38 8 37 17
Philip Eriksson 47 3 MC MC
Casey O`Toole MC 20 48 44
Fredrik From MC MC 2
Christian Braeunig MC 17 MC
Udayan Mane 61 MC MC
Ulrich Van Den Berg MC 22 19 35 MC 28
Neil O`Briain 55
Carlos Pigem MC 62 MC 63 MC 40 MC MC
Tyrone Ferreira 11 35 27
Heinrich Bruiners MC MC 17 MC 14
Dawie Van Der Walt 44 38 MC 24
CJ Du Plessis MC 2 24 7
Daniel Gavins MC
Christopher Cannon 27 MC 2 20
Stephen Ferreira 27 MC 35 MC
Lionel Weber 47 MC 45 18 56
Mark Williams Wd
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC 16 MC
Thriston Lawrence 23 31 20
Derick Petersen MC 2 MC MC 44 MC
Lars Keunen
MJ Viljoen MC MC 27
Andrew Curlewis MC 16 MC
Ruan De Smidt MC 33 MC MC MC MC
Allister De Kock 33 MC MC MC MC
Herman Loubser 18 23 38 11 21
Ryan Cairns 11 42
Scott Gregory MC
Marc Cayeux MC 44 MC Wd 7
Anton Haig 47 19 13 MC
Kristoffer Reitan
Kyle Pilgrim
Luke Jerling MC 38 5 20 17
Espen Kofstad MC
Jake Redman MC 11 10 29 Wd
Mathias Gronberg
Matt Saulez
Jovan Rebula
Raphael De Sousa
Pieter Moolman MC 38 MC 24 7
Louis Albertse MC 9 24 29 MC
Christo Lamprecht MC
Clement Berardo MC
James Kamte MC 22 27 MC 37 MC
Bae Jong Park MC
Wynand Dingle 10 MC MC MC
David Boote MC
Musiwalo Nethunzwi MC
Yubin Jung 38 MC 17 MC
Matthew Jordan MC 32 MC 68
Madalitso Muthiya MC 4 33 24
Ruan Conradie MC MC 39 41 MC
Rhys West MC 4 MC MC 14
Wallie Coetsee MC 5 24 13 MC
Player 2017
Louis Oosthuizen
Matt Wallace 30
Branden Grace
Shaun Norris 3
Dylan Frittelli 42
Charl Schwartzel
Justin Harding MC
John Catlin
Brandon Stone
Joachim B Hansen 6
Victor Perez 13
Erik Van Rooyen 2
Dean Burmester 19
Chris Paisley
Scott Vincent 30
Dimitrios Papadatos
Darren Fichardt MC
Bernd Wiesberger
Kurt Kitayama
Kim Koivu
George Coetzee 30
Sean Crocker
Jack Singh Brar
Pablo Larrazabal
Paul Peterson 8
Scott Jamieson
Kalle Samooja MC
Grant Forrest MC
Sebastian Soderberg
Masahiro Kawamura MC
Liam Johnston
Hyo Won Park
Stuart Manley 42
Tapio Pulkkanen 3
Khalin H Joshi
Richard Sterne
Peter Karmis MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu
David Drysdale MC
Alex Haindl MC
Matthieu Pavon
Adilson Da Silva MC
Oliver Wilson
Callum Shinkwin
Haydn Porteous 49
Thomas Aiken MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC
Steven Brown 19
Robert MacIntyre 42
Neil Schietekat MC
David Lipsky
Clement Sordet
Jaco Ahlers 19
Berry Henson
Pedro Figueiredo
Marc Warren
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
Jeung-Hun Wang
Connor Syme MC
Mink Yu Kim
Romain Langasque MC
Daniel Van Tonder MC
Juvic Pagunsan
Oliver Farr 49
Tom Murray MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 49
Malcolm Kokocinski
Louis De Jager MC
Austin Connelly
Joel Girrbach MC
Niklas Lemke
Viraj Madappa
Yikeun Chang
Michael G Palmer MC
Trevor Immelman
Zander Lombard Dq
Marcel Schneider MC
Justin Walters MC
Miguel Carballo
Jake Roos MC
Christofer Blomstrand 8
Rhys Enoch
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Adrien Saddier 57
Robert Karlsson
Edoardo Molinari
Nick Cullen
Jeff Winther 27
Ryan Evans
Marco Iten 30
Keith Horne MC
Max Orrin
Ewen Ferguson
JJ Senekal 57
Marcel Siem
Jack Senior
Wen-Chong Liang
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 49
David Borda Antonana
Scott Fernandez MC
Guido Migliozzi
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
Andre De Decker MC
Michael Hoey
Matias Calderon MC
Jacques Blaauw MC
Jack Harrison MC
Gavin Moynihan MC
Jbe Kruger MC
Rourke Van der Spuy 61
Matteo Manassero
Alejandro Canizares
Eirik Tage Johansen 30
Ernie Els
Henric Sturehed MC
Trevor Fisher
Gregory Bourdy
Simon Forsstrom
Per Langfors
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 30
Jake Higginbottom 27
Deyen Lawson
Gregory Havret
Borja Virto
Vaughn Groenewald 19
Steve Surry Dq
Jean Hugo 57
Merrick Bremner
Matthew Nixon MC
Ben Evans MC
Mathieu Fenasse
Chase Koepka
Bryce Easton MC
Ockie Strydom 30
Bowen Xiao
Lyle Rowe Dq
Hennie Du Plessis 13
Colin Nel Dq
Chris Hanson
Jarin Todd MC
Ross McGowan 13
Combrinck Smit MC
Alexander Knappe MC
Keenan Davidse 67
Tyrone Ryan 42
Yan Wei Liu MC
Luke Joy
Laurie Canter MC
Jaco Prinsloo 49
Pep Angles 49
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Max Schmitt
Hennie Otto 13
Jean-Paul Strydom MC
Garth Mulroy MC
Jared Harvey MC
Christiaan Basson MC
Bernd Ritthammer
S Chikkarangappa
Anthony Michael MC
Doug McGuigan MC
Titch Moore MC
Ugo Coussaud
Duncan Stewart MC
Riekus Nortje MC
Cormac Sharvin
Daniel Greene 8
Joseph Dean
Breyten Meyer MC*
Martin Wiegele MC
Matthew Stieger
Andre Nel 72
David Gleeson
Toto Thimba MC
Jaco Van Zyl
Morten Orum Madsen
Jonathan Agren MC
Philip Eriksson
Casey O`Toole MC
Fredrik From
Christian Braeunig
Udayan Mane
Ulrich Van Den Berg MC
Neil O`Briain
Carlos Pigem 72
Tyrone Ferreira MC
Heinrich Bruiners Dq
Dawie Van Der Walt MC
CJ Du Plessis
Daniel Gavins
Christopher Cannon 49
Stephen Ferreira 69
Lionel Weber 63
Mark Williams MC
Filippo Bergamaschi
Thriston Lawrence
Derick Petersen
Lars Keunen
MJ Viljoen 30
Andrew Curlewis 67
Ruan De Smidt MC
Allister De Kock
Herman Loubser MC
Ryan Cairns MC
Scott Gregory
Marc Cayeux MC
Anton Haig
Kristoffer Reitan
Kyle Pilgrim
Luke Jerling MC
Espen Kofstad MC
Jake Redman MC*
Mathias Gronberg
Matt Saulez
Jovan Rebula
Raphael De Sousa
Pieter Moolman
Louis Albertse
Christo Lamprecht
Clement Berardo
James Kamte MC
Bae Jong Park
Wynand Dingle MC
David Boote
Musiwalo Nethunzwi MC
Yubin Jung
Matthew Jordan
Madalitso Muthiya MC
Ruan Conradie
Rhys West MC
Wallie Coetsee MC
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