Joburg Open – 4-under/T55 makes the cut for weekend golf action

The Joburg Open is at the halfway point and, as has been the case in the majority of years since its inception in 2007, is dominated by South African golfers.

Charl Schwartzel at KLM Open in 2010

Charl Schwartzel circa 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indeed, five of the top six are from the home nation, with only Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar keeping pace with the South Africans, sitting T4 with Charl Schwartzel and Keith Horne.

Charl Schwartzel was amongst many bookies’ favourites for this, the seventh, Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.  And probably for good reason.

The South African is vying for his hat-trick at the event, winning previously in 2010 and 2011.  His compatriot Branden Grace picked up the title last year, robbing Schwartzel of a prestigious straight three-in-a-row.

joburg open leaderboard halfway

joburg open leaderboard halfway (European Tour Leaderboard)

However, he’s got some work to do over the weekend if he’s to make that dream a reality.

Sitting between himself, Horne and Aguilar and the leaders is George Coetzee, two shots ahead in solo third place  on -12.

But the gap to leaders Trevor Fisher Jnr and Richard Sterne is a further three shots.

They sit pretty atop the Joburg Leaderboard on -15 at the halfway stage.

Tommy Fleetwood best chance of UK Golf victory in Joburg Open

Tommy Fleetwood is UK Golf’s best chance of picking up the title on this Sunshine Tour event, sitting T7 with three other golfers a further shot behind Schwartzel and Co. on -9.

Considering most of our 10-Tee-20-Vision‘s points in the Fantasy Race to Dubai have come from British, predominantly English, golfers this season, there’s little evidence much of the €1,300,000 purse will be heading back to Europe Sunday afternoon.

The impetus felt by the injection of the European Tour at the Joburg Open, one of four South African golf events it sponsors, has certainly helped raise interest in the competition.

Even then, many of Europe’s biggest golfing names aren’t making the trip to South Africa, rather travelling west across the Atlantic this week.

This year’s Joburg Open coincides with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a huge draw every year, Stateside.

Pros and celebrities take on the stunning Californian golf course, as well as Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Golf Courses due to large number of entrants.

Old Lefty, Phil Mickleson, looks in decent form to defend his 2012 title there after winning his 41st PGA Tour event in Phoenix last week.

The tee-times for tomorrow morning’s golf here in Johannesburg have been announced and the pairings are on the European Tour website.

Robert Jan Derksen kicks off day three of the Joburg Open at 6:54am on the East Course.  The top ten overnight will pair off at 11:44am, 11:53am, 12:02pm, 12:10pm and finally the overnight leaders, Fisher Jnr and Sterne, at 12:20.  All local times, which are GMT+2.

10-Tee-20-Vision Fantasy Race to Dubai @ Joburg

It’s doubtful whether my old Fantasy Race to Dubai team is going to win the weekly prize for biggest total prize pot this week, given that six out of our ten haven’t made the cut.

I’ll not name names (you can see for yourself), but the four golfers we do have remaining for the weekend’s golf action means we shouldn’t embarrass ourselves too much.

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

10-Tee-20-Vision team – 130207 – Joburg Open

Don’t ask me how, but you’ll see the very last selection on the team sheet this week was Richard Sterne, who sits T1, as mentioned. Then we’ve got Charl Schwartzel and Felipe Aguilar who share T4.  Not bad, huh?

Making up our cut survivors is Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, who sits just outside the top ten. At seven shots off the pace, he’s T11 with eight other golfers on -8.

That might sound like a fair way off the pace, seven shots behind the leaders.  When you consider that Fisher Jnr and Sterne have amassed -15 after the first two days’ golf, a win for Gagli is by no means out of the question.

I’m certain there’ll be many more team managers wishing they’d as many golfers left in the Fantasy Race To Dubai as we have.

Conversely, I’m sure there are a good few more rubbing their hands at the prospect of a South African whitewash if they’ve used their noggins and picked a team of indigenous golfers…now why didn’t I think of that?


Have your say:

Can Schwartzel claw back the two shots needed over the weekend to win his third Joburg Open?

And have you entered a team in this year’s Fantasy Race to Dubai?  If so, how are you doing and are you in a mini-league?

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It’s not difficult to get your head around, this one.

The Golf Street Journal is a brand new social media concept, their tagline: “fore golfers, by golfers”. The two owners think there’s a lot of mileage in getting a lot of golfers under one onlione roof where they can network, pitch, be pitched at and probably take advantage of the on-site advertising, which is kept in-house for the members, by the members. Golf is a cash-rich community and, yes, everyone likes to be dealing within the appropriate circles.  My link can get you direct access to those normally hallowed networks on the new site, with full permission from the owners to invite new members with the sole purpose of inviting new members.

Why would you do this?

TGSJ is a brilliant concept.  The two guys running it believe in it that much that they are paying members $2.50/pop to refer other members.

If you’re good at marketing and have access to sport, especially golf or football (show me a footballer that won’t eventually golf and I’ll show you a Scot that doesn’t drink) or can access the hgher-level management within your corporation, marketing this network will be a doddle.

It’s free to join, create your profile, get your referral link, start hitting the three niches I’ve just pointed out and you’re away. No restrictions to the medium – I’m on fb, twitter and linkedin but my reach is not huge.  For someone with loads of followers, they could even be in with a shout of the big prize the guys are utting up in the Hurricane Promo Party group -0 you haave to check that out when you get inside, honestly.  Unreal!

Once you’ve signed up under my link (I’ll know, coz I get a report), come find me [Zebedeerox] and say hi and I’ll show you the ropes.

If I’m offline, there’s a post on the blog attched to this one and in the 19th hole On THE SITE with a clear sign-post about which group to join for the best advice.

There is no charge, at any stage, to sign up, join groups, create a profile. Anywhere.

See you on the inside.

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The UK Golf network is growing

Okay, we’ve been working for a couple of weeks now, in between our other projects, to try to lay some foundations down for the UK Golf network.  It’s been a bit messy, at times, and as this is a change in tack from our usual modus operandi (we’re writers at heart, not social media gurus) we’re sort of learning as we go.

First of all, why did we feel there was a need for a UK Golf network?

In a previous life, I wrote for a golf site that was more of a hobby for the webmaster than a primary source of income. It relied on selling golf lessons and an amazon a-store to generate income. That’s fair enough but due to the webmaster’s reliance on others to tweak his site, me to write for it and Google to drive traffic it sort of died post-Penguin.

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