PGA European - Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview
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|DATES: Thursday, December 11th through Sunday, December 14th|
|SITE: Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Gary Player (1996)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 419 yds||10 - Par 4 432 yds|
|2 - Par 5 580 yds||11 - Par 4 375 yds|
|3 - Par 4 448 yds||12 - Par 3 192 yds|
|4 - Par 4 427 yds||13 - Par 5 552 yds|
|5 - Par 3 164 yds||14 - Par 4 413 yds|
|6 - Par 4 319 yds||15 - Par 5 598 yds|
|7 - Par 3 215 yds||16 - Par 3 208 yds|
|8 - Par 4 480 yds||17 - Par 4 484 yds|
|9 - Par 4 476 yds||18 - Par 5 541 yds|
|35 3,528 Yds||37 3,759 Yds|
|Annual: || 50th|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 4-10:30 a.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 5:30-9:30 a.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Charl Schwartzel|
|Runner-Up: || Richard Finch|
|Tournament Record: || 264 (Charl Schwartzel, 2012)|
|54-Hole Record: || 195 (Charl Schwartzel, 2012)|
|36-Hole Record: || 131 (Retief Goosen, 1997; Pablo Martin, 2010;|
| || Charl Schwartzel, Gregory Bourdy, 2012)|
|Course Record: || 61 (Thomas Aiken, 2009)|
|Total Purse: || $1,856,429 (1,500,000 euros)|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $318,537; 2nd Place - $231,115; 3rd Place - $139,071|
|Charl Schwartzel||271||Soren Hansen||279|
|Richard Finch||275||Simon Wakefield||280|
|Simon Dyson||278||Magnus A. Carlsson||280|
|Ross Fisher||278||Warren Abery||281|
|Romain Wattel||278||Danny Willett||281|
|Past Alfred Dunhill Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||Charl Schwartzel (271) -- Richard Finch|
|2012||Charl Schwartzel (264) -- Kristoffer Broberg|
|2011||Garth Mulroy (269) -- George Murray|
|2010||Pablo Martin (277) -- Charl Schwartzel, Anthony Michael,|
|2009||Pablo Martin (271) -- Charl Schwartzel|
|2008||Richard Sterne (271) -- Johan Edfors, Robert Rock|
|2007||John Bickerton (275) -- Ernie Els, Lee Slattery|
|2006||Alvaro Quiros (275) -- Charl Schwartzel|
|2005||Ernie Els (274) -- Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel|
|2004||Charl Schwartzel (281) -- Neil Cheetham|
|2004||*Marcel Siem (266) -- Raphael Jacquelin, Gregory Havret|
|2003||*Mark Foster (273) -- Anders Hansen, Bradford Vaughan, Trevor Immelman,|
|Paul Lawrie, Doug McGuigan|
|2002||Justin Rose (268) -- Retief Goosen, Mark Foster, Martin Maritz|
|2001||Adam Scott (267) -- Justin Rose|
|2000||#Anthony Wall (204) -- Phillip Price, Gary Orr|
|1999||Ernie Els (273) -- Richard Kaplan|
|1998||Tony Johnstone (271) -- Ernie Els|
|1997||*Nick Price (269) -- David Frost|
|1996||#Sven Struver (202) -- Ernie Els, David Feherty|
|1995||Ernie Els (271) -- Roger Wessels|
|Note:Formerly called Lexington South African PGA Championship (1995), Alfred|
Dunhill South African PGA (1996-99), Alfred Dunhill Championship
(2000-01), dunhill championship (2002-06).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Morten Orum Madsen||---||---||---||---||---||---||---||mc||T-16|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Charl Schwartzel|
|Darkhorse - George Coetzee|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Shane Lowry) - Finished 11th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Louis Oosthuizen) - Finished tied for 7th|
|NOTES:The European Tour remains in South Africa for the second straight week|
to kick off the 2013-14 season with the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Danny
Willett of England won the season-opening Nedbank Golf Challenge in a limited
field event last week.
The field is led by two South Africans ranked in the top-60 of the world
rankings - 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (31) and 2010 British Open
champion Louis Oosthuizen (54). Schwartzel has not won since winning here last
year. In fact, he has won this event the last two years and three times
overall. Schwartzel has also finished second four times.
This tournament has been part of the European Tour since 1995 and is
co-sanctioned by the South African Sunshine Tour. In 1995, this tournament
became the first European Tour event to be co-sanctioned with another tour.
After 10 straight years at Houghton Golf Club, the tournament moved to the
Gary Player-designed Leopard Creek Country Club in 2005. Leopard Creek Country
Club is situated near the Malelane gate on the southern border of South
Africa's largest game park, the Kruger National Park.
Last year, Schwartzel fired four rounds in the 60s to successfully defend his
title. Schwartzel finished 72 holes at 17-under 271 for his ninth European
Tour victory and third at this event, having secured his maiden win here in
In 2012, Schwartzel carded four rounds in the 60s to wrap up an emphatic
12-stroke victory. Schwartzel endured a 2-hour weather delay at Leopard Creek
Country Club in the final round and finished with a tournament-record
24-under 264. Schwartzel entered the final round with a 10-stroke advantage
after besting the tournament's 54-hole scoring record by three strokes.
Garth Mulroy held on with two late birdies in the final round in 2011 to
capture this event. Mulroy led by three with five holes to play before the
entire lead evaporated with a bogey on 14 and George Murray's eagle on 15.
Mulroy, however, recovered to birdie his next two holes, and Murray was unable
to match the result. Mulroy finished 72 holes at 19-under 269, good for his
first European Tour win.
Spain's Pablo Martin posted rounds of 69-70-68-70 in 2010 to repeat as
champion. Martin trailed by one to start the final round, but built a 5-shot
lead early on the back nine. He nearly coughed up his entire cushion, but a
birdie at the last sealed the win. Martin finished at 11-under-par 277 for
a 2-stroke win over Schwartzel, Anthony Michael and Thorbjorn Olesen.
In 2009, Martin fired rounds of 68-63-71-69 to win by one stroke over
Schwartzel. Martin finished at 17-under-par 271 and tied the 36-hole record of
131 set by Retief Goosen in 1997.
Sterne shot a 3-under 69 in the final round in 2008 and emerged to win in
his native South Africa. Sterne finished at 17-under-par 271 for his fourth
career European Tour title, edging Johan Edfors and Robert Rock by one shot.
Sterne was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s
Ernie Els made a triple-bogey at the 18th hole in the final round of 2007 to
cough up a 2-shot lead and give John Bickerton a surprise win. Els had
protected his overnight lead throughout the final round at Leopard Creek
before inexplicably hitting into the water twice at the 18th hole for a
disastrous eight. The gaffes sent the South African star to a 1-over 73, nine
shots worse than his 64 in the third round. That gave the Englishman Bickerton
his third European Tour win.
In 2006, Spain's Alvaro Quiros had four birdies on his final six holes,
including one at the 18th, to win by one shot. Quiros, then a 23-year-old
rookie playing for the first time with a European Tour card, closed with a
skillful 5-under 67 to overtake third-round leader Schwartzel. He finished
at 13-under-par 275. With the victory, Quiros became the first player in
European Tour history to win a tournament in his first event as a full member.
Els is a 4-time winner (1992, 1995, 1999, 2006) and also finished three
times as a runner-up (1996, 1998, 2008). Els has finished in the top-10 in all
nine of his appearances.
Schwartzel recorded his first career title in 2004, as he defeated Neil
Cheetham on the first playoff hole. Schwartzel's success represented the sixth
consecutive year that the tournament had presented a first-time winner.
Schwartzel followed in the footsteps of Anthony Wall, Adam Scott, Justin Rose,
Mark Foster and Marcel Siem.
The European Tour returns January 8-11 in South Africa for the South African
Open Championship in Johannesburg, where Morten Orum Madsen will defend his
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