Sterne Joined by “the other” Els

by John Botha on December 5th, 2009

Richard Sterne, who was drawn to play with Rory McIlroy in the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, started his round with a marker – who happened to be McIlroy’s manager Stuart Cage. After an electrical storm halted play, Cage then received word that his mother was ill, so …

Rory McIlroy Withdraws

by John Botha on December 5th, 2009

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The 20-year-old Northern Irishman, who had been struggling with a viral infection since representing his country in the World Cup of Golf in China, gamely played the first two rounds in Sun City, but shortly before he was due to tee …

“Could have shot at least 65” – Defending Champion

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

Defending champion Henrik Stensonwas upbeat after posting his second round score of 68, which he believes could have been a lot better. “I was four-under after six holes, and after that start I might have made at least 65, but I am still happy to be in contention – obviously …

Cabrera Shoots Round of the Week

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

Angel Cabrera was out in 32 and back in 35 to record the lowest round of the tournament, a five-under par 67, and feels as though he has a good chance of taking the title. Talking via his interpreter and coach, the powerful Argentinian described his round as being “good” …

The Goose in full flight

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

Local hero Retief Goosen took control of the Nedbank Golf Challenge after a second round 68, and he leads the trio of Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson and Robert Allenby by a shot. “I drove the ball a lot better today, and developed some good momentum early in my round,” said …

Golf writers at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

The Nedbank Golf Challenge has attracted some top notch writers and bloggers, who are keeping the updates flowing. As well as John Botha , there are Richard Asher http://mygreenjacket.com/wordpress and  James Ferrans http://www.compleatgolfer.co.za/.

Family Fun

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

Robert Allenby has made it clear that he looked forward to bringing his family to Sun City – and his family consider their time at the resort to be very special. “Since we arrived, we have tackled every activity – from the waves, the go carts and the Putt-Putt,” says …

Can an Aussie really win?

by John Botha on December 4th, 2009

As the second day of the 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge got underway, the question posed by golf fans is: “can an Australian win this event? Robert Allenby, who holds a one stroke lead after the rain-interrupted first round, is certainly confident of becoming the first player from ‘Down Under’ to …

Queens of Beauty Meet Kings of Clubs

by John Botha on December 3rd, 2009

When golf professionals are battling to obtain their playing privileges, clawing their way up the rankings and earning the right to play in major events, they may dream of the big paydays and VIP treatment. But once they have arrived in the ‘big league’, they also find themselves rubbing shoulders …

2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge – Fairer, Not Easier

by John Botha on December 3rd, 2009

The Gary Player Country Club’s course will have a slightly different look this year. Immaculately groomed as usual, the 7 162-metre layout will have a “graduated cut” from the edge of the fairways towards the deep rough. In past years, we have seen a player missing a fairway by even …

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