Open Championship

A dozen SA golfers will fly flag high at The Open

2018-07-18 12:29

Cape Town - The 147th Open Championship gets under way at Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland on Thursday.

This year there will be 12 South Africans in the field.

The last time a South African lifted the famed Claret Jug was in 2012 when Ernie Els won by single stroke at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Here are our 12 contenders and how they qualified:

1. Ernie Els

Age - 48

World ranking - 774

Best Open - Win (2002, 2012)

How he qualified - Open winners aged 60 or under

2. Louis Oosthuizen

Age - 35

World ranking - 32

Best Open - Win (2010)

How he qualified - Open winner aged 60 or under, Top 50 player on the OWGR, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

3. Branden Grace

Age - 30

World ranking - 35

Best Open - T6

How he qualified - Top 10 finish in the 2017 Open Championship, Top 50 player on the OWGR, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

4. Charl Schwartzel

Age - 33

World ranking - 46

Best Open - T7

How he qualified - Top 50 player on the OWGR, top 30 on the 2017 Race to Dubai, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

5. Dylan Frittelli

Age - 28

World ranking - 58

Best Open - Missed cut in 2017

How he qualified - Top 30 on the 2017 Race to Dubai

6. Retief Goosen

Age - 49

World ranking - 309

Best Open - T5

How he qualified - Final Open Championship Qualifying Series at Prince's

7. George Coetzee

Age - 32

World ranking - 113

Best Open - 15

How he qualified - Winner of the 2017/18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

8. Erik van Rooyen

Age - 28

World ranking - 144

Best Open - Debut

How he qualified - Open Qualifying Series - European Tour's Joburg Open

9. Brandon Stone

Age - 25

World ranking - 110

Best Open - T70

How he qualified - Open Qualifying Series - European Tour's Scottish Open

10. Zander Lombard

Age - 23

World ranking - 444

Best Open - T66

How he qualified - Open Qualifying Series - European Tour's Irish Open

11. Shaun Norris

Age - 36

World ranking - 125

Best Open - T62

How he qualified - Open Qualifying Series - European Tour's Joburg Open

12. Jovan Rebula

Age - 20

World ranking - 2036 (Amateur)

Best Open - Debut

How he qualified - Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship

All images: Getty/Gallo

TEE TIMES:

THURSDAY, JULY 19

All times SA

07:35 - Martin Kaymer (GER), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan

07:46 - Erik Van Rooyen (RSA), Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate

07:57 - Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Luke List (USA)

08:08 - Danthai Boonma (THA), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (RSA)

08:19 - Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

08:30 - Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)

08:41 - Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry

08:52 - Thomas Pieters (BEL), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE)

09:03 - Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

09:14 - Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Andrew Landry (USA)

09:25 - Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (DEN)

09:36 - Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA), Hideto Tanihara (JPN)

09:47 - Gary Woodland (USA), Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Kang Sung (KOR)

10:03 - Adam Hadwin (CAN), Ernie Els (RSA), Chesson Hadley (USA)

10:14 - Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (RSA)

10:25 - David Duval (USA), Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na (USA)

10:36 - Bernhard Langer (GER), Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen (RSA)

10:47 - Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Peter Uihlein (USA)

10:58 - Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth (USA), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

11:09 - Rickie Fowler (USA), Jon Rahm (ESP), Chris Wood

11:20 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed (USA)

11:31 - Xander Schauffele (USA), Tony Finau (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

11:42 - Lin Yuxin (a) (CHN), Alexander Bjork (SWE), Park Sang-Hyun (KOR)

11:53 - James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (ISL), Zander Lombard (RSA)

12:04 - Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

12:15 - Gavin Green (MLT), Sean Crocker (USA), Ash Turner

12:36 - Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (AUS)

12:47 - Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (SWE), Charles Howell III (USA)

12:58 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis

13:09 - Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (FRA), An Byeong-Hun (KOR)

13:20 - Michael Hendry (NZL), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood

13:31 - Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (SWE), Jimmy Walker (USA)

13:42 - Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (RSA)

13:53 - Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (AUS), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

14:04 - Alex Noren (SWE), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

14:15 - Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Brendan Steele (USA)

14:26 - Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Branden Grace (RSA)

14:37 - Jason Day (AUS), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN), Li Haotong (CHN)

14:48 - Beau Hossler (USA), Todd Hamilton (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

15:04 - Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (JPN), Michael Kim (USA)

15:15 - Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Jens Dantorp (SWE)

15:26 - Dylan Frittelli (RSA), Tom Lehman (USA), Grant Forrest

15:37 - Lucas Herbert (AUS), Jason Kokrak (USA), Choi Min-Chel (KOR)

15:48 - Padraig Harrington, Matt Wallace, Bubba Watson (USA)

15:59 - Cameron Smith (AUS), Brooks Koepka (USA), Ian Poulter

16:10 - Sergio Garcia (ESP), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

16:21 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Russell Knox, Tiger Woods (USA)

16:32 - Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Ryan Fox (NZL)

16:43 - Abraham Ancer (MEX), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Ryan Armour (USA)

16:54 - Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Jordan Smith

17:05 - Masanori Kobayashi (JPN), Jack Senior, Brett Rumford (AUS)

17:16 - Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon (USA), Matt Jones (AUS)

FRIDAY, JULY 20

07:35 - Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (AUS)

07:46 - Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (SWE), Charles Howell III (USA)

07:57 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis

08:08 - Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (FRA), An Byeong-Hun (KOR)

08:19 - Michael Hendry (NZL), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood

08:30 - Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (SWE), Jimmy Walker (USA)

08:41 - Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (RSA)

08:52 - Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (Aus), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

09:03 - Alex Noren (SWE), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

09:14 - Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Brendan Steele (USA)

09:25 - Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Branden Grace (RSA)

09:36 - Jason Day (AUS), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN), Li Haotong (CHN)

09:47 - Todd Hamilton (USA), Beau Hossler (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

10:03 - Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (JPN), Michael Kim (USA)

10:14 - Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Jens Dantorp (SWE)

10:25 - Tom Lehman (USA), Dylan Frittelli (RSA), Grant Forrest

10:36 - Chel-Choi Min (KOR), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Jason Kokrak (USA)

10:47 - Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson (USA), Matt Wallace

10:58 - Cameron Smith (AUS), Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka (USA)

11:09 - Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Shubhankar Sharma (IND)

11:20 - Tiger Woods (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Russell Knox

11:31 - Ryan Fox (NZL), Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)

11:42 - Ryan Armour (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN)

11:53 - Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Jordan Smith

12:04 - Brett Rumford (AUS), Masanori Kobayashi (JPN), Jack Senior

12:15 - Thomas Curtis, Matt Jones (AUS), Bronson Burgoon (USA)

12:36 - Martin Kaymer (GER), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan

12:47 - Erik Van Rooyen (RSA), Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate

12:58 - Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Luke List (USA)

13:09 - Danthai Boonma (THA), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (RSA)

13:20 - Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

13:31 - Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)

13:42 - Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry

13:53 - Thomas Pieters (BEL), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE)

14:04 - Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

14:15 - Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Andrew Landry (USA)

14:26 - Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (DEN)

14:37 - Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA), Hideto Tanihara (JPN)

14:48 - Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Gary Woodland (USA), Kang Sung (KOR)

15:04 - Adam Hadwin (CAN), Ernie Els (RSA), Chesson Hadley (USA)

15:15 - Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (RSA)

15:26 - Scott Jamieson, David Duval (USA), Kevin Na (USA)

15:37 - Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer (GER), Retief Goosen (RSA)

15:48 - Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Peter Uihlein (USA)

15:59 - Jordan Spieth (USA), Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

16:10 - Jon Rahm (ESP), Rickie Fowler (USA), Chris Wood

16:21 - Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Patrick Reed (USA)

16:32 - Tony Finau (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

16:43 - Alexander Bjork (SWE), Lin Yuxin (a) (CHN), Park Sang-Hyun (KOR)

16:54 - James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (ISL), Zander Lombard (RSA)

17:05 - Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

17:16 - Sean Crocker (USA), Gavin Green (MLT), Ash Turner

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