European Golf Tour
PGA European - Africa Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th
SITE: East London Golf Club, East London, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Colonel SV Hotchkin (1893)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,678
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 507 yds10 - Par 3 175 yds
2 - Par 3 180 yds11 - Par 4 477 yds
3 - Par 5 504 yds12 - Par 4 428 yds
4 - Par 4 362 yds13 - Par 4 331 yds
5 - Par 4 324 yds14 - Par 4 445 yds
6 - Par 4 304 yds15 - Par 5 531 yds
7 - Par 4 386 yds16 - Par 4 318 yds
8 - Par 4 386 yds17 - Par 3 159 yds
9 - Par 4 470 yds18 - Par 4 410 yds
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37 3,404 Yds35 3,274 Yds
 
Annual:  8th (6th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 7:30-10:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 7:30-9:30 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7:30-10:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Thomas Aiken
Runner-Up:  Oliver Fisher
Tournament Record:  264 (Thomas Aiken, Oliver Fisher, 2014)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Emiliano Grillo, 2014)
36-Hole Record:  126 (James Hahn, 2014)
Course Record:  62 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2012; Adilson Da Silva, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,232,385
Shares:  1st Place - $185,570; 2nd Place - $134,640; 3rd Place - $81,018
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Thomas Aiken *264Darren Fichardt266
Oliver Fisher264Jaco Van Zyl266
David Horsey265Emiliano Grillo266
John Hahn265Four players at268
Richard Bland266

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Africa Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014*Thomas Aiken (264) -- Oliver Fisher
2013Darren Fichardt (272) -- Jaco Van Zyl, Gregory Bourdy
2012*Louis Oosthuizen (265) -- Tjaart van der Walt
2011*Louis Oosthuizen (276) -- Manuel Quiros, Chris Wood
2010Charl Schwartzel (272) -- Thomas Aiken
2009Retief Goosen (267) -- Darren Clarke, Branden Grace, Michael Hoey,
Darren Fichardt
2008Shaun Norris (275) -- Nic Henning

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20102011201220132014
Oliver FisherT-47---------2nd
David Horsey------------T-3
Darren FichardtmcmcT-18WonT-5
Jaco Van ZylT-28T-44thT-2T-5
Gregory Bourdy---------T-2T-20
Ricardo Santos------mcT-9T-20
Jbe Kruger3rdT-8mcT-59T-20
Justin WaltersT-49mcT-7074thT-20
Garth Mulroy------T-344thT-34
T. Van der WaltT-43T-262ndT-5T-60
Wallie Coetsee---------T-32mc
Andy Sullivan------mcT-5---
David Howell------T-29------
Darren ClarkeT-28T-26---------
Kristoffer Broberg---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kristoffer Broberg
Darkhorse - Byeong Hun An
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Andy Sullivan) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Johan Carlsson) - Finished tied for 46th
 
NOTES:The European Tour remains in South Africa for the second straight week
with the Africa Open in East London. The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour.

Andy Sullivan won last week at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg. He has already won twice this season in South Africa, having also won in January at the South African Open Championship. Sullivan is the highest-ranked player in the field this week at 58th in the world.

This is the seventh straight year that the tournament is being held at East London Golf Club in East London. The inaugural event in 2008 was staged at the Fish River Sun Country Club in Port Alfred.

Last year, Thomas Aiken birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Oliver Fisher. Aiken carded rounds of 66-65-66-67. The duo ended regulation at 20- under-par 264, which beat Louis Oosthuizen's (2012) tournament record by one stroke.

In 2012, Oosthuizen birdied the 17th hole in the final round to propel himself to a second straight Africa Open title by two strokes over Tjaart Van Der Walt. Oosthuizen carded rounds of 69-62-67-67. It was the fourth European Tour title for the South African, who became the first player to repeat at this event in its brief history. Oosthuizen joined Ernie Els (2002-04 Heineken Classic), Trevor Immelman (2003-04 South African Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (2010-11 Joburg Open) as South African players to make a successful defense of a European Tour title.

The European Tour remains in South Africa next week at the Tshwane Open in Waterkloof, where Ross Fisher captured the 2014 title.

03/03 17:08:07 ET

As of March 3, 2015, at 05:08 PM ET