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Eleven South Africans contending for PGA Championship glory

18th May 2021

Eleven South Africans contending for PGA Championship glory

A total of 11 South Africans will tee it up in this week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and with many of them in top form going into the second Major of the year.

Garrick Higgo makes his Major Championship debut as arguably the hottest golfer on the planet following the 22-year-old’s recent European Tour triumphs in both the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and the Canary Island’s Championship, where he set several records in the process.

Dean Burmester makes his PGA Championship debut shortly after claiming his second European Tour title by a crushing five strokes in the Tenerife Open this month.

George Coetzee returns to a Major where he had his best finish at this level of the game with tied seventh in the 2015 PGA Championship, and Erik van Rooyen also had his best Major finish in the PGA Championship when he ended tied eighth in 2019.

Branden Grace is back at a Major where he finished third in 2015 and tied fourth in 2016, and having won his second PGA Tour title this February in the Puerto Rico Open.

Charl Schwartzel is rediscovering his form and heads into this week off the back of a tied third-place finish in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson last week.

Brandon Stone won again on the European Challenge Tour’s South African Swing last month, and Daniel van Tonder makes his Major debut after being granted an invitation by the PGA of America to participate this week and following his breakthrough victory on the European Tour in the Kenyan Savannah Classic in March.

Louis Oosthuizen will lead the South Africans as the highest ranked in the field at 31stin the world followed by Christiaan Bezuidenhout at number 41. Dylan Frittelli completes the 10 South Africans who are currently within the top 100 on the world ranking.