Tshwane Open 2018: The latest course and form guide for this week's event on the European Tour

Shaun Norris heads to Pretoria Country Club in good shape
Shaun Norris: Can the in-form South African win on home soil this week?
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Check out the stats ahead of this week's Tshwane Open in Pretoria, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales ....

"Alexander Bjork, who registered back-to-back T-20s in the Middle East these past two weeks, was fifth at Pretoria last year."

The European Tour is back in South Africa for this week's Tshwane Open.

And it will be the Tour's last foray into the southern hemisphere for more than eight months.

For a fourth successive year, the tournament is being staged at Pretoria Country Club, a classic parkland venue situated around seven kilometres south-east of the city centre.

Although not the longest of layouts, the course demands accuracy from tee-to-green, thanks to tight, tree-lined fairways.

Located in the suburb of Waterkloof, the course has been around for more than 100 years, and was given a major upgrade by Gary Player's design team in 2005.

One player missing from this week's event is last year's winner Dean Burmester who is contesting the World Golf Championship event in Mexico.

Home Challenge

Although the cream of South African golf is more than 14 thousand miles away, competing in the WGC Mexico Championship, there is still a significant home presence in the country's administrative capital.

Among the up-and-coming group of South African golfers is in-form Shaun Norris whose results over the past three to four months have been pretty good.

With this week's field particularly weak, Norris should certainly be among the front-runners as he chases a maiden European Tour title?

Since the last week of October, the 35-year-old from Johannesburg has registered eight top-10 finishes from 14 starts - many of these on home soil.

As for other lesser known home players to have performed well on the Sunshine Tour in recent weeks, are Justin Harding, Peter Karmis and young amateur Kyle McClatchie. Karmis was a top-10 finisher in Pretoria 12 months ago.

Meanwhile, the more experienced George Coetzee has enjoyed a return to form recently, tieing-for-eighth in Qatar on Sunday.

Coetzee is a former winner over the Waterkloof layout and, at No 140 in the world, is one of the higher-ranked pros taking part.

One other South African you may wish to consider is Jacques Blaauw. Although he missed the cut last week in Cape Town, he's posted a brace of top-10s during 2018 and was runner-up on this course three years ago.

New Europeans

The Tshwane Open provides many of the younger breed of Europeans with a great opportunity to enter the winners' enclosure this Sunday.

Knocking keenly and firmly on this door are Alexander Bjork, Julien Guerrier, Marcus Kinhult, Mikko Korhonen and Aaron Rai.

Bjork, who registered back-to-back T-20s in the Middle East these past two weeks, was fifth at Pretoria last year.

Frenchman Guerrier was a podium finisher in Oman during February, while Kinhult of Sweden achieved the same feat at Doha on Sunday.

Korhonen's recent form has not been so good, although the Finn did finish second to Burmester at Pretoria Country Club in 2017.

Meanwhile, Englishman Rai continues to show promise and will tee-up on Thursday as one of the top 20 ranked players in the tournament.

Note: MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Julian Suri MC 68 MC 63
Shaun Norris 13 52 8 MC 5 2 20 3
Alexander Bjork 19 12 MC 6 MC
Richard Sterne 45 37 67 19 20
Scott Jamieson 61 17 51 MC
George Coetzee 8 13 MC MC 54 30
Erik Van Rooyen 59 18 52 20 2
Daisuke Kataoka 56 40 23 MC MC 18 51
Julien Guerrier MC 3 33 MC
Haydn Porteous MC 26 MC 19 53 MC 49
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC MC 40 7 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 23 MC 3
Aaron Rai 19 37 26 MC MC 19
Clement Sordet MC 37 MC
Danny Willett MC MC MC
Jin Ho Choi 72 MC MC 8
Benjamin Hebert 61 9 17 MC 32
Marcus Kinhult 3 16 12 MC
Scott Vincent MC 38 26 39 10 71 4 3 30
Ryan Evans 61 53 33 15
Richard Bland 74 MC MC MC 31
Nino Bertasio MC 51 5 45 53
Mikko Korhonen MC MC 61 22 MC 13
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 6
Gregory Bourdy MC 31 MC MC 61 54
Jaco Ahlers 34 1 19 MC 19
Pedro Oriol MC 43
David Drysdale MC 23 MC 47 MC
Chase Koepka 53 MC 58 7
Jacques Kruyswijk 39 MC 8 69 4 49
Jbe Kruger 60 MC MC MC MC 51 MC
Oliver Bekker 10 43 23 MC 13
Maximilian Kieffer MC 23 11 32 MC
Oliver Farr 39 59 75 49
Peter Karmis 2 18 8 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC 59 73 38 49
JC Ritchie 3 13 59 3 27
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Victor Perez MC MC 13
Alexander Knappe 4 65 MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC MC 51 MC MC MC
Steven Brown 39 MC 49 19
Ockie Strydom 27 27 36 20 30
Keith Horne 4 4 72 60 MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy 65 MC 30
Jacques Blaauw MC 13 6 MC 4 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 61 MC MC 53 MC
Adilson Da Silva 13 MC MC MC MC 20 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC
Trevor Fisher 27 15
Charlie Ford MC 26 65 11 8
Tom Lewis MC MC
Jason Norris MC 70 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC 21 20 27
Romain Langasque 13 MC MC
Zander Lombard MC 65 21 MC MC MC Dq
Marcus Armitage MC 67 5
Patrick Newcomb MC MC 73 63
Daan Huizing 21 69
Chris Lloyd 13 MC 39
Matias Calderon MC MC 1 MC
Ashley Chesters 45 MC 51 MC MC MC
Daniel Brooks MC Wd MC MC MC 30
Jared Harvey 27 MC 23 MC MC
Justin Walters 45 9 MC 38 MC
Bradley Neil MC 63 77 51 MC
Julien Quesne
Birgir Hafthorsson MC
Garrick Porteous MC 72
Ben Evans MC MC MC MC
Felipe Aguilar MC MC MC
Scott Fernandez 19 37 MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC 69 40 MC 49
James Heath MC MC MC MC
Jean-Paul Strydom 34 2 MC MC MC
Riekus Nortje MC 70 MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC 8
Toby Tree 6 24 4 MC MC*
Hennie Otto MC 32 23 12 13
Raphael Jacquelin 53 44 MC MC
Louis De Jager 30 27 8 43 MC
Grant Forrest 53 17 MC
Christopher Mivis MC 49 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 34 MC MC MC
Justin Harding 6 18 3 47 MC
Joel Sjoholm 2 17
Doug McGuigan MC 60 MC Wd MC
Daniel Van Tonder 34 32 13 34 MC
Duncan Stewart MC MC
Matthias Schwab 61 MC 33
Joel Girrbach 65 MC
Jens Fahrbring MC 65 30
Alex Haindl MC MC MC MC
Hennie Du Plessis 49 MC 32 MC 13
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 28 44 MC 63 30
Nathan Kimsey MC 30
Henric Sturehed MC MC MC MC
Tom Murray MC MC
Mark Foster 13 MC 79 19
Pontus Widegren 78 MC MC 73 MC
Jean Hugo 13 38 52 47 57
Jonathan Thomson MC 65 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 13 16 15 MC 42
Neil Schietekat 55 MC MC 15 MC
Jaco Prinsloo MC 52 23 MC 49
Matt Ford MC
Laurie Canter MC MC 49 MC
Nico Geyger 34 12 MC MC
Morten Orum Madsen MC MC MC
Soomin Lee 74 37 39 MC MC 31 MC
Vaughn Groenewald 13 9 47 43 19
Lyle Rowe 45 MC MC Dq
Ruan De Smidt 21 46 MC 54 MC
Keenan Davidse 3 MC 43 43 67
JJ Senekal 45 65 MC MC 57
Sam Horsfield MC MC 4 MC MC MC
David Howell 61 Wd MC
Jake Roos MC 43 43 71 MC
Daniel Greene 68 7 MC 8
Tjaart Van Der Walt 49 4 52 MC 63
Anthony Michael 55 18 23 20 MC
Rak Hyun Cho 34 MC 65 MC
Marcel Schneider 70 MC MC MC
Mark Williams 49 60 MC 20 MC
Kyle McClatchie 10 13 13 15 MC
Chris Swanepoel MC MC 39 MC MC*
Christian Braeunig
Rhys Enoch 1 43 19
MJ Viljoen MC 27 MC 65 30
Petr Dedek MC
Matthew Baldwin 10 MC MC 19
Connor Syme MC 37 MC MC MC
Christiaan Basson 55 52 23 MC MC
Tyrone Ferreira 21 MC MC 38 MC
Titch Moore 21 24 58 MC MC
Ross McGowan MC MC MC MC 13
Wallie Coetsee 5 65 19 MC MC
Ulrich Van Den Berg 21 32 8 54 MC
Tyrone Ryan 13 65 MC MC 42
Rourke Van der Spuy 60 46 34 47 61
Merrick Bremner 10 38 MC MC
Bryce Easton 53 52 MC MC
Madalitso Muthiya MC 52 MC MC MC
Matthew Nixon 13 MC MC MC
Jack Singh Brar 1 7 MC
Sebastien Gros 45 MC 40
Dawie Van Der Walt MC 27 39 MC MC 60 MC
Rhys West 13 MC MC 54 MC
Garth Mulroy MC 32 47 MC MC
Marc Cayeux MC MC Wd MC MC
Player 2017 2016 2015
Julian Suri
Shaun Norris 23 46
Alexander Bjork 5
Richard Sterne 4
Scott Jamieson 22 35
George Coetzee MC 14 1
Erik Van Rooyen MC 10
Daisuke Kataoka
Julien Guerrier
Haydn Porteous 62 10 MC
Darren Fichardt 37 49 Ret
Tapio Pulkkanen
Aaron Rai
Clement Sordet MC
Danny Willett
Jin Ho Choi
Benjamin Hebert 64
Marcus Kinhult MC
Scott Vincent
Ryan Evans MC
Richard Bland MC
Nino Bertasio MC 49
Mikko Korhonen 2 MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Gregory Bourdy 8
Jaco Ahlers 29 MC 6
Pedro Oriol
David Drysdale 45 MC MC
Chase Koepka
Jacques Kruyswijk 68 MC
Jbe Kruger MC MC MC
Oliver Bekker MC MC 42
Maximilian Kieffer 18 30
Oliver Farr 53
Peter Karmis 9 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC
JC Ritchie MC 23
Bernd Ritthammer 22 40
Victor Perez
Alexander Knappe 45
Thomas Aiken 15
Steven Brown
Ockie Strydom MC MC 23
Keith Horne MC MC 23
Richard McEvoy MC 35
Jacques Blaauw 6 53 2
Ricardo Gouveia 62
Adilson Da Silva 15 MC 15
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Gavin Moynihan
Trevor Fisher 29 MC 23
Charlie Ford
Tom Lewis MC
Jason Norris
Jeff Winther MC 2
Romain Langasque 18
Zander Lombard 22 7 MC
Marcus Armitage 45
Patrick Newcomb
Daan Huizing 63
Chris Lloyd MC
Matias Calderon
Ashley Chesters
Daniel Brooks 62 MC
Jared Harvey MC 23
Justin Walters 9 4 23
Bradley Neil MC
Julien Quesne MC
Birgir Hafthorsson
Garrick Porteous
Ben Evans 21
Felipe Aguilar MC MC 35
Scott Fernandez
Pep Angles 29
James Heath
Jean-Paul Strydom MC 35
Riekus Nortje
Christofer Blomstrand MC
Toby Tree MC 14 53
Hennie Otto 12 35
Raphael Jacquelin 35
Louis De Jager 37 23 MC
Grant Forrest
Christopher Mivis
Lorenzo Gagli
Justin Harding 40 MC
Joel Sjoholm
Doug McGuigan MC 69 42
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC MC
Duncan Stewart 18
Matthias Schwab
Joel Girrbach
Jens Fahrbring MC MC
Alex Haindl MC MC MC
Hennie Du Plessis 71 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 56 MC
Nathan Kimsey MC
Henric Sturehed
Tom Murray 40 MC
Mark Foster MC MC MC
Pontus Widegren
Jean Hugo 45 40 30
Jonathan Thomson
Andrea Pavan
Neil Schietekat MC MC MC
Jaco Prinsloo 71 MC
Matt Ford MC MC
Laurie Canter MC MC
Nico Geyger
Morten Orum Madsen MC 15
Soomin Lee 29
Vaughn Groenewald 45 MC 62
Lyle Rowe 79 MC MC
Ruan De Smidt 71 MC MC
Keenan Davidse 71
JJ Senekal MC
Sam Horsfield
David Howell MC 23
Jake Roos MC MC
Daniel Greene MC
Tjaart Van Der Walt MC MC 3
Anthony Michael 37 3 35
Rak Hyun Cho
Marcel Schneider
Mark Williams MC 57 64
Kyle McClatchie
Chris Swanepoel 62 MC 30
Christian Braeunig
Rhys Enoch 61
MJ Viljoen
Petr Dedek MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC
Connor Syme
Christiaan Basson MC 29 MC
Tyrone Ferreira MC 23 MC
Titch Moore 68 MC MC
Ross McGowan 45 MC MC
Wallie Coetsee 37 MC 30
Ulrich Van Den Berg MC MC 23
Tyrone Ryan
Rourke Van der Spuy Dq
Merrick Bremner MC 57 15
Bryce Easton MC
Madalitso Muthiya MC MC
Matthew Nixon 14 MC
Jack Singh Brar
Sebastien Gros MC
Dawie Van Der Walt 45 15
Rhys West MC MC 10
Garth Mulroy 76 21 MC
Marc Cayeux MC
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