European Golf Tour
PGA European - Joburg Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 7th through Sunday, February 10th
SITE: Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: East Course - Robert Grimsdell (1935), Mark Muller (1998)
         West Course - Major Hotchkin and Robert Grimsdell (1929),
         Mark Muller (1999)
        
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,660 (East Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 516 yds10 - Par 4 518 yds
2 - Par 3 253 yds11 - Par 4 500 yds
3 - Par 4 504 yds12 - Par 3 200 yds
4 - Par 4 476 yds13 - Par 4 420 yds
5 - Par 3 177 yds14 - Par 4 452 yds
6 - Par 5 580 yds15 - Par 4 481 yds
7 - Par 4 459 yds16 - Par 3 208 yds
8 - Par 5 553 yds17 - Par 4 387 yds
9 - Par 4 425 yds18 - Par 5 551 yds
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37 3,943 Yds35 3,717 Yds
 
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,225 (West Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 406 yds10 - Par 4 422 yds
2 - Par 5 539 yds11 - Par 4 379 yds
3 - Par 4 527 yds12 - Par 4 451 yds
4 - Par 4 389 yds13 - Par 3 206 yds
5 - Par 3 121 yds14 - Par 4 475 yds
6 - Par 4 409 yds15 - Par 5 535 yds
7 - Par 4 494 yds16 - Par 3 175 yds
8 - Par 3 237 yds17 - Par 4 381 yds
9 - Par 5 554 yds18 - Par 4 525 yds
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36 3,676 Yds35 3,549 Yds
 
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Branden Grace
Runner-Up:  Jamie Elson
Tournament Record:  261 (Charl Schwartzel, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Charl Schwartzel, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Charl Schwartzel, Garth Mulroy, Jamie Elson, 2011)
Course Record:  61 (Charl Schwartzel, 2011 - West Course)
  63 (Darren Fichardt, 2008; Charl Schwartzel, 2009 - East
  Course)
Total Purse:  $1,755,603 (1,300,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $279,004; 2nd Place - $202,431; 3rd Place - $121,811
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Branden Grace270Trevor Fisher, Jr.273
Jamie Elson271Marc Warren273
David Drysdale273Dawie Van Der Walt273
Jaco Van Zyl273Four players at274
Michiel Bothma273
 
Past Joburg Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Branden Grace (270) -- Jamie Elson
2011Charl Schwartzel (265) -- Garth Mulroy
2010Charl Schwartzel (261) -- Darren Clarke, Keith Horne
2009Anders Hansen (269) -- Andrew McLardy
2008*Richard Sterne (271) -- Garth Mulroy, Magnus A. Carlsson
2007Ariel Canete (266) -- Andrew McLardy

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200720082009201020112012
Branden Grace---T-63mcT-51T-13Won
Jamie Elson---------T-304th2nd
Robert Rock---T-32---T-25T-70T-9
Jbe Kruger---T-41---T-22mcT-9
George Coetzee---mc---mcT-7T-14
Danny Willett------T-4T-4T-33T-14
Thomas AikenmcmcT-12mc3rdT-24
Keith HorneT-12mcT-57T-2T-20T-60
Charl SchwartzelT-19T-14T-4WonWonmc
Garth MulroyT-34T-2mc---2ndmc
Richard SterneT-17WonT-12T-44T-60mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Charl Schwartzel
Darkhorse - Richard Sterne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sergio Garcia) - Finished tied for 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Thongchai Jaidee) - Finished tied for 64th
 
NOTES:The European Tour returns to South Africa this week with the Joburg
Open in Johannesburg. This is the fourth event played in South Africa so far this season. Scott Jamieson won the Nelson Mandela Championship in December, Charl Schwartzel captured the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December, and Louis Oosthuizen won the Volvo Golf Champions in January. This tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour of South Africa.

Most of the big names on the European Tour are not competing this week, however, there are three South Africans ranked in the top 50 in the world in the field - 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel (18), defending champion Branden Grace (29) and George Coetzee (42).

The expanded 210-player field will compete on the East and West courses at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The field consists of 103 players from both the European and Sunshine Tours and four amateurs. It is the largest field of the season. The golfers will play both courses during the first two rounds, while the East Course will be the only course used for the final two days. The East Course at Royal Johannesburg has held the South African Open seven times, with the last being in 1986 when David Frost captured the event.

Last year, Grace took a 3-shot lead into the final round and fired an even-par 72 to hold off Jamie Elson by one stroke. Grace went on to win three more times in 2012 for a European Tour-high four victories on the season.

In 2011, Schwartzel fired rounds of 68-61-69-67 to successfully defend his title. Schwartzel finished the tournament at 19-under 265 and won by four strokes over Garth Mulroy. He was the only player in the field to card four rounds in the 60s. Schwartzel shot a course-record 61 on the West Course in the second round and now owns the course record on the West Course and the East Course (63 - 2009).

Anders Hansen birdied the 18th hole in the final round to shoot a 5-under 66 and win by a shot over Andrew McLardy in 2009. Hansen finished at 15-under-par 269 for his third European Tour win and first since the 2007 BMW PGA Championship. Hansen's victory helped him win the 2009 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, becoming the first European-born player to claim that title.

In 2007, Ariel Canete had three birdies in the final four holes to win his first European Tour title. Canete closed with a final-round 67 for a total of 19-under-par 266 and a 2-shot win over McLardy. Canete was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s.

Next week, the European Tour remains in South Africa for the Africa Open in East London, where Oosthuizen won the 2012 title.

02/07 10:11:57 ET

As of February 7, 2013, at 10:12 AM ET