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Tshwane Open, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate

Tshwane Open, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate

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This week’s European Tour event, the Tshwane Open in South Africa, will leave a golfing legacy for local communities.

Zebedeerox‘s insight:

One of the greatest aspects of the game of golf compared with other sports is what the players themselves put back into their sport at grass roots level.

In the UK, many of the current PGA and European stars – and we’re taking multi-millionaires, here – can very often be found at centres of excellence they’ve founded, academies for Junior Golf or getting behind the sport at Open Days to get in and amongst the fans in a manner few other professionals do.

But is UK golf participating enough to make golf accessible to all?

Let’s look at what’s going on in South Africa, by comparison.

Nowhere is the practise of contributing to grass roots golf more apparent than in South Africa.

That in itself is perhaps a contradiction in terms, due to an astonishing lack of grass roots one could physically mow into a green capable of putting anything on.

Okay, we’ll settle on savannah roots level, then.

As the European Tour makes its final appearance in South Africa this year at the Tshwane Open, we get a chance to see this savannah roots level of input in action.

The Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate is home to Els Club Copperleaf, our hosts for the last tour event in the Africas this year.

Beyond all the glitz, glamour and €1.5M purse, the Tshwane Open is actively pushing local authorities to provide golfing facilities for the under-privileged in Tshwane, Centurion and the surrounding areas.

Indeed, 50 children from the vicinity were present at the Els Copperleaf Club on the eve of Thursday’s European Tour event, getting to grips with the facilities on offer through this initiiative.

The pushing has worked, not just on potential South African golfers of the future, but their right-hand (wo)men, the caddies, too.

The municipality’s spokewoman has already been in touch with local media to confirm that the city of Centurion is committing to golf clinics to cement this golf drive [sorry].

These facilities will help develop the game for 6-16 year olds who would otherwise be unavailed of golf or any of its amenities.

It would be easy to underestimate this achievement, so let’s not.

As Ndlovu confirmed in her statement, Tshwane’s schools will be the first in the country to benefit from the introduction of golf into its sports curriculum.

Whereas the golf tuition will take place initially at the Els Foundation, the caddies’ program will be spread around the municipalty’s golf courses, meaning a potential broader catchment area for disadvantaged youngsters with an interest in golf.

It would be wonderful if some of UK golf’s stars would push as hard to bring the sport to schools in towns and cities across the country that are not as upper class as your Wentworths, Royal Lythams and Sutton Coldfield‘s Belfry.

English: Golfer Ernie Els walks up the fairway...

RSA Golfer & Els Copperleaf Club Founder, Ernie Els
(Credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps they could get their heads together with Ernie Els whilst they’re sunning it up Stateside and get a few hands-on tips from the man himself.

We’ll see, when any of our UK stars deign to visit Europe, rather than spend the majority of the season, as has been the case so far, on the PGA Tour of America.

For an update of play at this weekend’s Tshwane Open, here’s a round-up of day 2 at the top of the leaderboard before the threat of lightning caused a third of the field to be called back to the clubhouse before they could finish their rounds: Storm threat halts play, day 2, Tshwane Open

Play is due to recommence at 6:45am (8:45am GMT) tomorrow (Saturday 2nd March) to conclude the second rounds of golf, make the cut and then get cracking with day 3.

Coverage in the UK starts at 10:30am on SKY Sports 3, where they should just about be getting into third round action, given that there’s a good few holes yet to play out to decide who makes the weekend’s golf and whose African golf safari is over for the 2013 season.

If you’d like to see more interaction from UK golf stars at grass roots level, share this article with anyone you think may be in a position to at least prick their Stateside consciences, would you?

Thanks a million, Thet Watson. xxx

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2013 Joburg Open result: overnight deficit too Sterne test for Schwartzel

2013 Joburg Open result: overnight deficit too Sterne test for Schwartzel

Having led – or at least shared the lead – for the majority of the event, it’s no surprise to see Richard Sterne walk away the 2013 Joburg Open title.

joburg open leaderboard final

joburg open leaderboard final

Having slipped from the OWGR rankings following almost two years of convalescence and training after being diagnosed with arthritis in his mid-twenties, Sterne was a man on a mission this week in is home nation of South Africa.

Perhaps the real surprise of the final day’s play at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Gold Club East Course was the tail-off of joint overnight leader Trevor Fisher Junior.

Whilst Sterne was on his way to an accomplished and record -27 for this event, dropping only one shot along the way, similarly equalling a record set by Tiger Woods in pro-competition, Fisher Jnr’s day was conversely woeful.

Schwartzel proved ultimate threat to Sterne

Indeed, it was the well-fancied Charl Schwartzel who would be the greatest threat to Richard Sterne in the end.

But even the previous Joburg Open double-winner’s final 68 was no match for the new double-winner of this event’s day four 66, seeing Sterne run out champion by an amazing 7 shots.

Last week, Sterne showed the rest of the European Tour that he’s back and means business in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

He led there at the cut, too, but was eventually overcome by Stephen Gallacher. He obviously learned a valuable lesson and took the inspiration into the last day in Johannesburg.

South African golf prominent on European Tour

It’s perhaps fitting that Schwartzel should come runner-up behind his fellow countryman in this seventh staging of the Joburg Open.

South African golfers have now won 12 of the last 52 European Tour events, Schwartzel prominent amongst those title winners.

In the post-tournament interviews, Sterne revealed how Schwartzel had been an inspiration to the now-31-year old in his battle for fitness against the arthritis that saw him drop outside the world’s top 1,000 golfers.

Sterne wanted a piece of that very action and, after being so close last week, was not going to let the opportunity slip this.

Sterne will have sights on Majors qualification

An even bigger springboard for Sterne, who now tops this year’s Race to Dubai – an event that should be interesting with so many European golfers focusing on the PGA Tour this year – is to claw his way into the OWGR top fifty.

All things being equal, he’ll be in the top sixty tomorrow when all of the results from the Joburg Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California have been slung into the mixer.

To gain automatic qualification for this year’s Golf Majors, a top fifty OWGR spot guarantees an invitation. You wouldn’t bet against that development, given Sterne’s current form.

Next week, we stay in South Africa for the Africa Open. With Schwartzel off over to the US to play the Northern Trust Open, could Sterne make it a hat trick of top two finishes in successive weeks?  He’s kept his place in my team, that’s for sure.

10-tee-20-vision team - 130207 - joburg open - final

D 10-tee-20-vision team – 130207 – joburg open – final

And talking of which,  just a final word about our 10-Tee-20-Vision Fantasy Race to Dubai team.

Okay, ask me who picked the 1-2-3 for this here event in Joburg?  That’s right – read the team-sheet to the left and weep!

Did I have a bet on it?


Am I pig-sick?


Will I make the same mistake for next week’s PGA European Tour event?

Er, probably…

…so I guess it should be me doing the crying into the ‘why-oh-why?’ hanky this weekend.

So take heed, and don’t be a dingbat like me.

Here’s the list of invitations for next week’s Africa Open if you’re thinking of entering a team.

In the meantime, I’m going to give 10-Tee-20-Vision an overhaul and see if we can’t do better than finish inside the top 6,000 teams next week as we did this.

Tip of the week: fill half your team with South African golfers; definitely Richard Sterne, but not Ernie Els or Charl Schwartzel as they’ll be in America.

Good luck.  And if your want to drop a link to your Fantasy team in the comments, I’ll give it a tweet and we’ll have a bit of banter about it next weekend.

Have a great week, everyone. And remember, before betting on a European Tour golf or PDC darts event, Get Thet, Go!

Thet Watson. x

2012 Fantasy Race to Dubai

European Tour Fantasy Race to Dubai

European Tour Fantasy Race to Dubai

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Fantasy Race To Dubai – brought to you by The European Tour and Fantasy League.

Blimey – what a bunch of miscreants we have in this week’s Zeb’s Tee Totallers for the European Tour’s fantasy Race to Dubai!

To be fair, I’m sure they’re all smashing chaps as well as excellent golfers (well, they’d better be!).

There’s a distinct lack of familiar faces in the team, this week.  Although, it has to be said, many of the top European golfers are absent from St Andrews/Carnoustie/Kingsbarns, this weekend.

But we do have three returning heroes from Medinah lining up, including Germany’s Martin Kaymer whose putt so famously won the Ryder Cup for us last weeekend in historic fashion. Messrs Lawrie and Hanson are also back in domestic action, safelhome from action in Illinois.

Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO, my man of the moment way back in the middle of September winning the Italian Open in the last event before the Ryder Cup obviously keeps his spot; also, his fellow countryman Rafa CABRERA-BELLO lines up as one of the young guns alongside Simon Dyson, who I think will win his first top three place on the European Tour this year in Scotland this weekend.

Then it’s call in the old guard, with Thomas BJÖRN, Ernie ELS, Monty and finally Darren CLARKE, who’s had a tough year defending the old Claret Jug and is due a top five finish, if not higher.

So there we have it – a mixture of youth, European endeeavour, experience and confidence for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  It tees off with three pairings across all three courses at 9:00 am in the morning, so if you’ve not entered your team yet, you’ve not got long to do it.

The full tee times and pairings for the Alfred Dunhill can be found here: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012074/teetimes/index.html

All the best, Thet Watson & the UK Golf gang.

p.s. we’re off on a jolly to Lanzarote on Saturday for a fortnight so, if there’s nought posted between now and October 22nd, it’s because we’re sozzled on cerveza and sangria!

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Maybe, just maybe, not everything’s wrapped up for RoMac Just yet


Would you believe that there are only nine events left on the European Tour this term?

Okay, there’s a little thing called the Ryder Cup in between now and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews the first weekend of October (note to self – select Fantasy Race to Dubai Team before jetting off to Lanzarote on the 6th), but the season’s well and truly entering its final stages as we enter autumn officially on Saturday, when both daylight and nighttime last twelve hours apiece.

European Tour 2012 - Oct & Nov Schedule

European Tour 2012 – Oct & Nov Schedule
(opens as pdf with active links on click-thru)

Here’s a quick run-down of the remaining 2012 European Tour events, with all but the aforementioned trip to Scotland and the following week’s trip to Vilamoura for the Portuguese Masters taking place in the southern hemisphere. The guys and gals at the European Tour know how to get themselves out of the cool run up to winter, don’t they?

In my article for Sports Monger on the Green this weekend, I alluded to the fact that RoMac had just about got everything wrapped up for the season. But if you look at the Race to Dubai rankings, below left, there’s still a Rose that could be a thorn in McIlroy’s side, Justin time for Dubai.

If you’re taking recent form into consideration, you’d say that the Holywood man will go on to win the FedEx Cup and both money lists either side of The Atlantic. But Rose, who was Europe’s top home soil earner for the majority of the early part of the season, is only half a million Euro behind Rory. The money left on offer on the European Tour, worked out at today’s Dollar/Euro rate of $1.00/€0.69 where the purse is offered in dollar$, means that a couple of wins for Justin in the last nine events could see the lead swap again.

Of course, swapping leads will be no alien concept for McIlroy, whose pass the parcel with Luke this season for the OWGR number one spot has been well documented. But Rose will at least want to finish the season on the same number of Tour events as Rory to put him on an even footing, having currently played ten to the Northern Irishman’s eleven, before they head to Dubai for the season’s showcase finale, where a whopping £8M is up for grabs in total.

Race to Dubai - End September 2012 Rankings

Race to Dubai – End September 2012 Rankings

But the Alfred Dunhill’s three weeks away and there’s that small matter of Medinah CC in Illinois in a little over ten days time to get our heads around first before we start contemplating the OWGR, FedEx and Race to Dubai final standings. For that, at least, Luke, Rory and Justin will all be batting for the same team as Team Europe look to defend the Ryder Cup won so valiantly at Celtic Manor two autumns hence.

More on the RtD rankings later this week – Luke and Lee at tenth and eleventh respectively? Surely that’s a typo, innit? Mm, when you consider their joint lack of top twenty penetration since mid-season and Tiger’s usurping them both for the world number two spot, maybe not…


Can Dyson clean up again at the KLM Open?

Nederlands: Nicoles Colsaerts op KLM_Open_2010

Nicolas Colsaerts, KLM Open 2010


The European Tour this week heads off to the KLM Open at Hilversumsche GC; no disrespect to any of the golfers involved, but there is a marked lack of absence of the OWGR‘s top ten European golfers, those who have qualified for the Ryder Cup automatically giving the trip to Holland a miss this weekend to feature over the other side of The Atlantic in the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour.  Well, almost all are stateside already.

Martin Kaymer obviously feels the need to prove his qualification in the tenth and final automatic spot is justified and Nicolas Colsaerts, as promised, wants to justify his wild-card selection into the Ryder Cup team with a good performance in The Netherlands this weekend.

Zebs Teetotallers Week 36 2012

Zeb’s Teetotallers Week 36 2012

As for Zeb’s Tee Totallers, the Fantasy Race To Dubai Team as chosen by yours truly, all I can say is that at least five of my choices from last week are making the trip across the North Sea, giving me a chance to field a full-strength, ten-man team unlike last week, in the hope of picking up a few points after a disastrous week last time out at the Omega.

Simon Dyson, having secured the hat-trick for this title at last year’s KLM Open has to be my favourite to pick up the trophy; if he does, it will be for an amazing fourth time for the same event and an astonishing achievement for the English golfer.  But don’t write off Colsaerts, either.  He will so want to thank Jose Marie Olazábal for his inclusion for the trip to Medinah, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he came away with the KLM, or at least a top five finish, this year.

Zeb’s Tee Totallers also includes Darren Clarke, the recently ousted Open champion.  Whilst his year of being British Open champion was a rip-roaring success on a personal level for the Northern Irish golfer, his attention now needs to focus on the fairways and greens again.  Off the golf course, everything may have been rosy but life between the tees has been difficult for Clarke this year.  Let’s hope he can turn that around this weekend and bag me a few points in the Fantasy Race To Dubai.

With the likes of Rose, McIlroy, Westwood and Donald sitting the trip to Holland out in favour of Crooked Stick, Indianapolis, this week’s Tee Totallers takes on a very unfamiliar look but, each of the inclusions on their day could be in with a shot at winning.  And that’s little to do with absence of the top golfers, that’s more down to the strength in depth offered by the European Tour, these days. If – and this is a big if – I can prise a few quid from her abominable purse, Colsaerts to finish top five and Simon Dyson to win the title again seem like awfully good bets.

The face of UK Golf is about to change


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