• Bezuidenhout leads Saffa charge

    Christiaan Bezuidenhout
    Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    Riding high on confidence, Christiaan Bezuidenhout will lead the South African contingent to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship this week.

    The final event on the European Tour calendar will tee off at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday, where a new Race To Dubai champion will be crowned over four rounds of golf.

    Bezuidenhout, coming off the back of two consecutive wins during the ‘South African Swing’, will be hoping to carry his excellent form into the event.

    The 26-year-old will tee off alongside Frenchman Victor Perez on Thursday afternoon at 12:25pm local time.

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    Erik van Rooyen is back in action for the first time since withdrawing from the Masters during the opening round.

    The South African has been paired with the exciting Sungjae Im as 14th and 15th spot on the Race To Dubai goes head to head.

    Compleat Golfer playing editor Brandon Stone will be hoping for some more consistency in Dubai this week after respective finishes of T23 and T32 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the SA Open.

    He will play alongside Englishman Tom Lewis when play gets under way on Thursday.

    Branden Grace is also back in action once again on the European Tour this week after spending much of the year in the USA on the PGA Tour.

    Grace has been struggling to establish any sort of momentum in recent weeks, coming off a T40 at last week’s OHL Classic.

    He has, however, been grouped with countryman Dean Burmester, who provided a couple of excellent moments at Sun City last week and who usually plays quite decent golf in the Middle East.

    George Coetzee will tee off alongside Thailand’s Jazz Anewattananond on Thursday, while the 20-year-old Wilco Nienaber goes up against Spaniard Adri Arnaus.

    Justin Harding will start the event with Marcus Kinhult, Shaun Norris with Scott Jamieson and Garrick Higgo will play with Joost Luiten.

    The action will be live on SuperSport Golf (213) from 9am on Thursday morning.

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