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Ernie Els bests nephew, Louis Oosthuizen leads at South African Open – NEWPAPER24

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Ernie Els bests nephew, Louis Oosthuizen leads at South African Open

2018-12-08 17:24:08


Auburn junior Jovan Rebula didn’t get the higher of uncle Ernie Els within the third spherical of the $1.2 million South African Open, however the expertise of enjoying competitively with the four-time main champion for the primary time will stay with him ceaselessly.

Rebula and Els made it a household affair at Randpark Golf Membership in Johannesburg. Tied 15th on 5 underneath after 36 holes, they went out at 8:20 a.m. within the firm of Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre. Els managed to beat his nephew, however British Beginner champion Rebula put up a great struggle.

Els returned a 3-under 68 to Rebula’s 70. The five-time South African Open champion sits in joint fifth place on Eight underneath, six photographs behind chief Louis Oosthuizen. Rebula is tied 22nd on 6 underneath.

“A special occasion,” Els stated. “We took some footage on the primary tee from our telephones to get it on file.

“I believe as time goes on, we are going to replicate on at the present time. I do know I’ll know that that is fairly particular. He’s a teenager so it won’t settle in but with him, however figuring out the child since he was in nappies and now enjoying the South African Open is particular.

“It was nice to see my sister on the market, and Dragan (brother-in-law) caddying for Jovan. As dad and mom they should be so proud and, as an uncle, I’m simply as proud.

“I’m pleased he’s adequate. I hope he breaks each file I’ve. I solely have love for Jovan and I simply want him all the very best.”

Rebula’s solely remorse was that the spherical didn’t last more.

“This should be one of many quickest rounds of golf I’ve ever performed,” Rebula stated. “I want it might have carried on the entire day.

“It was a dream to have the ability to play with my uncle sooner or later. It doesn’t matter the place it’s however particularly the South African Open, it’s an honor and I actually loved it on the market.

“My uncle is one in all my position fashions and it’s not essentially simply on the golf course, he’s simply such a particular individual. He’s at all times caring for different folks round him, and that’s what I look as much as greater than the golf itself.

“However with my uncle’s data, it’s one thing actually particular and I’d most likely must work actually onerous to realize what he has.”

Rebula has yet another yr at Auburn earlier than he can think about emulating his well-known uncle. His purpose heading into the ultimate spherical is ending low newbie to win the Freddie Tait Trophy. He has a three-shot lead over Deon Germishuys in that battle.

Oosthuizen leads by three over Charl Schwartzel, Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya and England’s Matt Wallace as he chases his first South African Open victory.

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Honors hold rolling in for Molinari, the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months – NEWPAPER24

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2018-12-10 13:43:34


Francesco Molinari capped off the season of his life by profitable the 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months award.

It’s one more first in a 12 months of firsts for the 36-year-old. He grew to become the primary Italian to win the celebrated award in the identical 12 months he was the primary Italian main winner together with his British Open victory at Carnoustie. And he completed the season as European No. 1, changing into the primary from his nation to high the cash record, the Race to Dubai.

Molinari represented his nation effectively on the PGA Tour, too – he grew to become the primary Italian winner on that circuit by profitable the Quicken Loans Nationwide. He additionally led Europe to victory within the Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris by changing into the primary European to win 5 out of a potential 5 factors within the biennial match.

“It’s a enormous honor to be named the Hilton European Golfer of the 12 months,” Molinari mentioned. “So many nice names have earned this honor, and I really feel proud to affix them. It’s an award meaning lots to me, and it’s a pleasant strategy to finish a really particular 12 months.

“Clearly profitable The Open at Carnoustie, changing into my nation’s first main winner, was unbelievable. To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be a part of that Ryder Cup group was wonderful. I’ll at all times look again on this season and be happy with what occurred.”

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Francesco Molinari: Open champion named European Tour Golfer of the 12 months – NEWPAPER24

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2018-12-10 13:06:01

Molinari helped Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris, beating the USA 17½-10½

Open Champion Francesco Molinari has been named European Tour Golfer of the 12 months.

The 36-year-old Italian was a hero of Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the US at Le Golf Nationwide in September.

Molinari additionally gained the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, holding off Rory McIlroy to safe victory.

Nevertheless it was his triumph two months later at Carnoustie that set him other than his different European Tour rivals.

Molinari was the primary participant from the house staff to win all 5 matches within the Ryder Cup.

He was unflappably immaculate in a bogey-free remaining spherical 69 as he repelled a top quality chasing pack that included enjoying associate Tiger Woods, McIlroy, Justin Rose and US star Xander Schauffele.

After claiming that first main title, Molinari went on to safe the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title to cap the most effective yr of his profession.

“It’s a large honour to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months,” he mentioned.

“So many nice names have earned this honour and I really feel very proud to hitch them.

“It’s an award which means so much to me and is a pleasant technique to finish a really particular yr. Profitable at Wentworth, in one in all our greatest occasions, gave me lots of confidence for the summer season.”

“However clearly profitable the Open at Carnoustie, turning into my nation’s first main champion, was unimaginable.

“To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be a part of that European Ryder Cup staff in France was wonderful. I am going to all the time look again on this season and be happy with what occurred.”

European Tour Chief Government, Keith Pelley, mentioned: “It’s proper that we pay particular tribute to Francesco Molinari who repeatedly made historical past this yr.

“Francesco isn’t just an outstanding golfer, he is an excellent particular person too and all through this season he constantly reminded us what a powerful ambassador he’s for our sport.”

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LET golf schedule stays in limbo, leaving gamers in quandary – NEWPAPER24

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2018-12-09 22:26:38


For the second yr in a row, gamers will journey to the Girls European Tour Qualifying Faculty extra in hope than expectation. In additional methods than one.

The 2019 LET Qualifying Faculty is scheduled Dec. 16-20 in Morocco. As soon as once more, these gamers who earn one of many 25 playing cards don’t know what number of tournaments they are going to play subsequent yr. The LET has but to publish its 2019 schedule.

It value $1,450 to enter this yr’s Q-Faculty. Think about getting your dream job and having no thought the place, when and if you happen to’ll be working?

There have been simply 15 occasions on this yr’s LET schedule. Two of these – the $3.25 million Ricoh Ladies’s British Open and $3.85 million Evian Championship – had been majors and principally out of attain for many Q-Faculty grads. The $1.5 million Aberdeen Customary Investments Girls Scottish Open is actually an LPGA occasion and likewise is off-limits to most Q-Faculty grads. In different phrases, those that earned playing cards had been enjoying in low-purse occasions.

By low purses we’re speaking between a low of $140,000 for the Jabra Girls Open to $500,000 for the Hero Ladies’s Indian Open. The primary 4 occasions on this yr’s schedule had been co-sanctioned with the Australian Girls Skilled Golf Tour. Two of these had been price simply over $100,000. You don’t need to be a math genius to work out that touring to, and lodging in, Australia isn’t low cost. Even a top-10 end in these occasions might depart gamers taking a loss on the week.

The LET acquired a blow just lately with the announcement that the richest of these 4 occasions, the $470,000 Oates Vic Open, has ditched the LET in favor of the LPGA for its 2019 occasion.

The LET continues to be reeling from Ivan Khodabakhsh’s disastrous four-year reign as chief govt. The previous World Boxing Collection CEO was discharged from his submit after seven occasions dropped off the 2017 LET schedule to scale back it to simply 16 tournaments. There have been 24 tournaments in 2012, and 28 as just lately as 9 years in the past.

Throughout final yr’s Ricoh Ladies’s British Open, English legend Laura Davies referred to as on the LET to up its recreation. She referred to as for “15 actually good European occasions – and I’m not speaking €200,000 occasions, as a result of nobody is earning money on €200,000. It must be 400, 500, €600,000.

“It’s not good, is it? We’ve not received sufficient tournaments to play, and I really feel sorry for all of the younger women.”

Which may have been an choice had the LET taken a $6 million funding from the European Tour, R&A and LPGA. That cash was supplied in September 2017 and would have gone an extended option to realizing Davies’ dream of 15 actually good tournaments.

The LET turned it down as a result of the board didn’t need to cede management to the LPGA.

“Clearly they simply need to have a spot due to the Symetra (Tour) being so overfull,” mentioned Helen Alfredsson, the LET’s participant president. “They simply wished one other place for gamers to get playing cards.

“That’s why we thought it wasn’t a viable choice.”

It may not have been an excellent choice for Alfredsson and the LET board, however European gamers would have welcomed the initiative. They don’t actually care who runs the tour; they simply need as many enjoying alternatives as attainable.

LET chairman Mark Lichtenhein prompt throughout this yr’s Ladies’s British Open that the LET might have 22-23 occasions subsequent yr. Lichtenhein has a great deal of contacts all through Europe from his time working for the European Tour, however going from 15 this yr to 22 or 23 subsequent season appears overly optimistic. Most LET gamers most likely would accept stability after just a few disastrous years.

Q-Faculty grads will hope to go away Morocco with optimistic information. Step one can be to inform them what tournaments are on subsequent yr’s LET schedule. Gwk

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