Cape Town - When
Dylan Frittelli was 16-years-old, he came to watch the practice round
of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player.
He walked around
Rose that day.
Last week in Turkey, Rose reminded the young South
African of that day as they now battled each other for a European Tour
was pretty funny. I came up here to Sun City when I was 16 and when I'd
finally made the decision to drop my other sports and focus on golf. I
Justin playing a practice round and he was holding a whole bunch of
"Last week he was asking how old I was, and that's when he
realised he's 10 years older than me. We had a good laugh," Frittelli
said on a day of typically intense heat during Tuesday's
official pro-am for this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge.
27-year-old comes into this week's $7.5 million tournament on the
European Tour's exclusive Rolex Series as a man in top form this season.
tied second to Rose in last week's Turkish Airlines Open, and in June
this year he won his first European Tour title in the Lyoness Open.
been a good season so far. If I do well the next two weeks it could set
me up even better for next year. The Rolex Series events are at the top
list, and home ground advantage will certainly aid my attempt to win
this week. But yes, it's a huge week. I'm just going to try and take it
easy and get some work done."
South African hoping to end a win drought by the locals stretching back
to Trevor Immelman's victory in 2007 is Haydn Porteous.
23 year old has also won on the European Tour this year, in the Czech Masters, and like Frittelli also has fond memories of "Africa's Major" growing
"I grew up watching this tournament as a kid and now I'm playing in it for the first time," said Porteous.
remember watching the world’s best players here when it was still a
limited field event. And of course I also remember the barbeque ribs on
longtime fan of the Gary Player Country Club course, Porteous says the
layout is in its usual peak condition ahead of this week's tournament.
golf course is always strong, and it's in great condition. Over the
next few days it will definitely harden up and have some serious teeth
to it. It's
a long course and you really need to think smart around here."