Golf

Date change for SA Open?

2011-03-14 09:23
SA Open (File)

Miami - The date of this year's South African Open may be moved to accommodate the Presidents Cup.

Both events have been scheduled for November 17-20, a major conflict for South Africa's top players, who would qualify to play in the Presidents Cup in Australia.

Most of them want to support their home tour, but at the same time would be reluctant to pass up an opportunity to play the biennial Ryder Cup-style match play competition between the United States and an international team from the rest of the world, excluding Europe.

The top five players on the current international team standings, headed by Ernie Els, are all South African, which is why the date clash has become such an issue.

"If the leading players for the rest of the world team are South African and they want to play their national open, the obvious thing is, if a way can be found, we would have to move that date," European Tour chief executive George O'Grady said on Sunday.

O'Grady's comments are relevant, because the European Tour in recent years has co-sanctioned the South African Open.

"The European Tour certainly has an interest in seeing a very successful Presidents Cup at any time, and especially when it goes around the world," O'Grady continued.

"There are different alternatives, and I hope we can get it worked out quite quickly."

O'Grady expects the relevant parties to meet during next month's Masters at Augusta, Georgia, with an announcement possible shortly afterwards.

The Presidents Cup will be held at Royal Melbourne, where the international team won in 1998, the only time the Americans have been beaten.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Clark not put off by putter

2014-07-28 20:27

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • Blitz
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:59
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.