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

DATES: Thursday, February 14th through Sunday, February 17th
SITE: East London Golf Club, East London, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Colonel SV Hotchkin (1893)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,632
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 507 yds10 - Par 3 176 yds
2 - Par 3 175 yds11 - Par 4 478 yds
3 - Par 5 506 yds12 - Par 4 429 yds
4 - Par 4 367 yds13 - Par 4 320 yds
5 - Par 4 323 yds14 - Par 4 431 yds
6 - Par 4 308 yds15 - Par 5 534 yds
7 - Par 4 389 yds16 - Par 4 318 yds
8 - Par 4 362 yds17 - Par 3 166 yds
9 - Par 4 468 yds18 - Par 4 375 yds
37 3,405 Yds35 3,227 Yds
Annual:  6th (4th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Louis Oosthuizen (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Tjaart van der Walt
Tournament Record:  265 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  198 (James Kingston, Darren Clarke, 2009;
  Louis Oosthuizen, Tjaart van der Walt, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2012)
Course Record:  61 (Richard Sterne, 2009)
Total Purse:  $1,340,846 (1,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $211,740; 2nd Place - $153,628; 3rd Place - $92,444
2012 Finish
Louis Oosthuizen *265Richard Sterne272
Tjaart van der Walt267Danny Willett273
Retief Goosen268Craig Lee274
Jaco Van Zyl269Lyle Rowe274
Alastair Forsyth270Four players at275

* - Won in Playoff

Past Africa Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
T. van der WaltT-43T-262nd
Jaco Van ZylT-28T-44th
Shaun NorrismcT-8T-14
Thomas Aiken2ndT-14T-14
Garth Mulroy------T-34
James KingstonT-8T-26T-41
Jbe Kruger3rdT-8mc
Ricardo Santos------mc
Lorenzo GaglimcT-38---
Robert Rock---T-51---
S.S.P. Chowrasia---mc---
F. Andersson HedT-18------
Tom Lewis---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ricardo Santos
Darkhorse - Lorenzo Gagli
Last Week's Pick to Win (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Richard Sterne) - Won
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. Richard Sterne won last week at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg. Fredrik Andersson Hed, 97th in the world, is the only player in the field ranked in the top 100.

This is the fifth 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, Louis 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, giving him a tournament- record 27-under 265 over 72 holes at East London Golf Club. It was the fourth European Tour title for the South African, who became the first player to repeat at this event in its brief five-year history. Oosthuizen will not be on hand to defend his title this week.

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 travels to the United States next week, as the best players in the world compete in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, where American Hunter Mahan will defend his title.

02/12 15:57:37 ET

As of February 12, 2013, at 03:57 PM ET