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

DATES: Thursday, February 28th through Sunday, March 3rd
SITE: Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, Centurion, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ernie Els (2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,791
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 510 yds10 - Par 4 443 yds
2 - Par 4 442 yds11 - Par 5 658 yds
3 - Par 3 205 yds12 - Par 4 462 yds
4 - Par 5 685 yds13 - Par 4 418 yds
5 - Par 3 215 yds14 - Par 3 202 yds
6 - Par 4 464 yds15 - Par 5 597 yds
7 - Par 4 390 yds16 - Par 4 355 yds
8 - Par 5 607 yds17 - Par 3 161 yds
9 - Par 4 512 yds18 - Par 4 465 yds
36 4,030 Yds36 3,761 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Total Purse:  $1,957,396 (1,500,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $312,498; 2nd Place - $226,734; 3rd Place - $136,434
Past Tshwane Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Thomas AikenWon 2011 Open de Espana, T-12 at Africa Open two weeks
F. Andersson HedWon 2010 BMW Italian Open
Michael CampbellWon 2005 U.S. Open, 8 European Tour wins
Darren ClarkeWon 2011 British Open, 14 European Tour wins
Simon Dyson6 European Tour wins
Darren FichardtWon Africa Open two weeks ago, 4 European Tour wins
Michael Hoey4 European Tour wins, Won 2012 Trophee Hassan II
James Kingston2 European Tour wins, T-15 at Africa Open two weeks ago
Jbe KrugerWon 2012 Avantha Masters
Tom LewisWon 2011 Portugal Masters
Edoardo Molinari2 European Tour wins, Won 2005 U.S. Amateur
Garth MulroyWon 2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Jose M. Olazabal23 European Tour wins, Won 1994 and 1999 Masters
Julien QuesneWon 2012 Open de Andalucia
Robert Rock2 European Tour wins, Won 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC
Jeev Milkha Singh4 European Tour wins, Won 2012 Scottish Open
T. van der WaltT-5 at Africa Open two weeks ago
Jaco Van ZylT-2 at Africa Open two weeks ago

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jaco Van Zyl
Darkhorse - Garth Mulroy
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mahan, Schwartzel) - Lost in final, Lost in 1st rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Stricker, Jacobson) - Lost in quarters, Lost in 3rd rd
NOTES:The European Tour returns to South Africa for the third time in the
last four weeks for the inaugural Tshwane Open in Centurion. The event is co- sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Richard Sterne won three weeks ago at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg, while Darren Fichardt captured the Africa Open two weeks ago in East London. Simon Dyson is the highest- ranked player in the field at No. 83 in the world.

Jose Maria Olazabal is also in the field this week. Olazabal captained the European Ryder Cup team to victory last year. He has 23 victories on the European Tour and won the 1994 and 1999 Masters.

The tournament is being held at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, which was designed by South African legend Ernie Els and opened for play in 2006. The course was built on land once lived on by Els' grandfather. The par-5, 685-yard fourth hole will be the longest hole played in European Tour history.

This is the second of four new events on the European Tour International schedule for 2013. Scott Jamieson won the Nelson Mandela Championship in December in South Africa. The Russian Masters will be staged in July, while the Turkish Open will be played in November.

The European Tour travels back to the United States next week, as the best players in the world compete at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida, where Justin Rose will defend his title.

02/26 16:17:07 ET

As of February 26, 2013, at 04:17 PM ET