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PGA European - Africa Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th
SITE: East London Golf Club, East London, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Colonel SV Hotchkin (1893)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,678
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 507 yds10 - Par 3 175 yds
2 - Par 3 180 yds11 - Par 4 477 yds
3 - Par 5 504 yds12 - Par 4 428 yds
4 - Par 4 362 yds13 - Par 4 331 yds
5 - Par 4 324 yds14 - Par 4 445 yds
6 - Par 4 304 yds15 - Par 5 531 yds
7 - Par 4 386 yds16 - Par 4 318 yds
8 - Par 4 386 yds17 - Par 3 159 yds
9 - Par 4 470 yds18 - Par 4 410 yds
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37 3,404 Yds35 3,274 Yds
 
Annual:  8th (6th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 7:30-10:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 7:30-9:30 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7:30-10:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Thomas Aiken
Runner-Up:  Oliver Fisher
Tournament Record:  264 (Thomas Aiken, Oliver Fisher, 2014)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Emiliano Grillo, 2014)
36-Hole Record:  126 (James Hahn, 2014)
Course Record:  62 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2012; Adilson Da Silva, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,232,385
Shares:  1st Place - $185,570; 2nd Place - $134,640; 3rd Place - $81,018
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Thomas Aiken *264Darren Fichardt266
Oliver Fisher264Jaco Van Zyl266
David Horsey265Emiliano Grillo266
John Hahn265Four players at268
Richard Bland266

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Africa Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014*Thomas Aiken (264) -- Oliver Fisher
2013Darren Fichardt (272) -- Jaco Van Zyl, Gregory Bourdy
2012*Louis Oosthuizen (265) -- Tjaart van der Walt
2011*Louis Oosthuizen (276) -- Manuel Quiros, Chris Wood
2010Charl Schwartzel (272) -- Thomas Aiken
2009Retief Goosen (267) -- Darren Clarke, Branden Grace, Michael Hoey,
Darren Fichardt
2008Shaun Norris (275) -- Nic Henning

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20102011201220132014
Oliver FisherT-47---------2nd
David Horsey------------T-3
Darren FichardtmcmcT-18WonT-5
Jaco Van ZylT-28T-44thT-2T-5
Gregory Bourdy---------T-2T-20
Ricardo Santos------mcT-9T-20
Jbe Kruger3rdT-8mcT-59T-20
Justin WaltersT-49mcT-7074thT-20
Garth Mulroy------T-344thT-34
T. Van der WaltT-43T-262ndT-5T-60
Wallie Coetsee---------T-32mc
Andy Sullivan------mcT-5---
David Howell------T-29------
Darren ClarkeT-28T-26---------
Kristoffer Broberg---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kristoffer Broberg
Darkhorse - Byeong Hun An
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Andy Sullivan) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Johan Carlsson) - Finished tied for 46th
 
NOTES:The European Tour remains in South Africa for the second straight week
with the Africa Open in East London. The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour.

Andy Sullivan won last week at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg. He has already won twice this season in South Africa, having also won in January at the South African Open Championship. Sullivan is the highest-ranked player in the field this week at 58th in the world.

This is the seventh straight year that the tournament is being held at East London Golf Club in East London. The inaugural event in 2008 was staged at the Fish River Sun Country Club in Port Alfred.

Last year, Thomas Aiken birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Oliver Fisher. Aiken carded rounds of 66-65-66-67. The duo ended regulation at 20- under-par 264, which beat Louis Oosthuizen's (2012) tournament record by one stroke.

In 2012, Oosthuizen birdied the 17th hole in the final round to propel himself to a second straight Africa Open title by two strokes over Tjaart Van Der Walt. Oosthuizen carded rounds of 69-62-67-67. It was the fourth European Tour title for the South African, who became the first player to repeat at this event in its brief history. Oosthuizen joined Ernie Els (2002-04 Heineken Classic), Trevor Immelman (2003-04 South African Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (2010-11 Joburg Open) as South African players to make a successful defense of a European Tour title.

The European Tour remains in South Africa next week at the Tshwane Open in Waterkloof, where Ross Fisher captured the 2014 title.

03/03 17:08:07 ET

As of March 3, 2015, at 05:08 PM ET

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Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
Final
DEN 106
MIL 95
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
 
Final
UGA 64
KENT 72
 
2nd OT
NW 76
MICH 75
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
2nd
KU 57
WVU 59
 
2nd
CREI 67
VILL 66
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
Final
DAL 3
NYI 2
 
3rd
ARI 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 2
SJS 3