One of the oldest national open golf championships and principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour in the world, the SA Open, is currently underway at Randpark Golf Club until Sunday, 12 January 2020.
Some of the players had something to say before they got to the field to compete for the over R17 million in prizes.
South African golfer Justin Harding, who didn't have a success last year at the tournament, said he is starting the tournament without any expectations. “I'm not really the type of player who sets goals every year. I haven't done so in the past because I felt like when you don't really reach them, it can affect you negatively."
Shaun Norris said that he is dedicating this tournament to his father, who died last year July.
“Every week I'm playing for my dad. Always. His biggest wish was to play golf and he lived that through us [his children]. So we know he would've wanted this. My dad had cancer," Norris said.
He further said that his goals has been set a little a bit higher with the aim to getting into top 50 so that he can play in bigger events.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who won the 2019 Estrella Damm NA Andalucía Masters, said the SA Open has always been a special tournament for South African players and every player wants to win it. “I have always wanted to win the SA Open and it won't change. If I don't do it this year, I am going to play again next year," he asserted
All players commended both golf courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow, for being in great shape, stating that the tournament is going to be competitive.
General tickets for Thursday and Friday cost R100 an entry, for Saturday and Sunday is R150 an entry. Children under 16 and pensioners over 65 enter for free. Public parking has been secured at Hoerskool Randburg and a free park and ride from the school to the Randpark Golf Club is available from the school.