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Round 4 - Maiden win for Chris Paisley in SA Open

January 14, 2018

Chris Paisley of England defied the odds near Johannesburg on Sunday to win the South African Open, his maiden European Tour triumph, then hailed his wife for her starring role as his caddie.

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The 31-year-old carded a six-birdie final-round 66 at sun-drenched Glendower Golf Club for a total of 267 and a three-stroke victory over Branden Grace of South Africa, who closed with a 68.

It was the first tournament in which Paisley had his bag carried by wife Keri, and he praised her during the prize-giving ceremony.

"Unbelievable! I just cannot say enough about how good a job she did this week," said the golfer whose only previous professional win was in the second-tier European Challenge six years ago.

"She never put a foot wrong. It is the first time she ever caddied. I just cannot thank Keri enough," said the native of Hexham, a market town in northeastern England.

"I still cannot believe I have won the SA Open. Going head to head with Branden this afternoon was tough.

"Honestly, I did not think I was capable of playing that well and finishing top of the leaderboard."

Grace trailed Paisley by one shot entering the final round, but was expected to triumph given his far higher world ranking of 30, much greater experience and huge home support.

Within two holes, eight-time European Tour champion Grace nudged ahead thanks to an eagle three, and many in the gallery believed Paisley would quickly crack under the pressure.

But the Englishman ranked 289 in the world held his nerve and moved into a two-shot lead after the sixth, which the 29-year-old South African double-bogeyed.

By the turn, Paisley had stretched his advantage to three shots and never looked like faltering on the back nine in stamina-sapping heat.

He did find a bunker at 15, but got down in two, effectively closing the door on any chance Grace had of halting a great English run in the South African Open.

Andy Sullivan won the event in 2015 and Graeme Storm triumphed last year, leaving Paisley to make it three victories in four editions for English golfers.

Paisley, who narrowly avoided being relegated to the Challenge Tour for this year, was ultra steady all week, picking up 24 birdies and conceding only three bogeys.

Highlights of his play included an ability to reach greens in regulation and also to get down in two on the odd occasion he did not achieve that feat.

Seeking a first SA Open title, Grace could not match the last-round consistency of Paisley, claiming two eagles and three birdies, but a double-bogey and a bogey stained his card.

The European Tour moves to the Middle East next week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and returns to South Africa in March when Pretoria hosts the Tshwane Open.

Pos. Player Nat To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Chris Paisley ENG -21 66 65 70 66 267
2 Branden Grace RSA -18 65 71 66 68 270
3 JC Ritchie RSA -16 72 70 65 65 272

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Round 3 - Paisley takes solo lead of SA Open

January 13, 2018

Chris Paisley leads by a shot from home favorite Branden Grace going into the final round of the South African Open.

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Paisley remained calm in a 2-under 70 in the third round on Saturday to move to 15 under overall and took the outright lead after sharing it with Adrien Saddier overnight.

England's Paisley is in position for his maiden European Tour title but will face a challenge from the in-form Grace on the last day.

Grace won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in November, and surged into contention at the South African Open with a third-round 66, with seven birdies and just one bogey to go to 14 under.

''I'm sure the crowd is going to be on his side,'' Paisley said. ''I'm just really excited about it.''

Three players are tied for third on 12 under and three shots off the lead. They are Saddier, Chase Koepka and Jacques Blaauw.

Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, put together a 68 on Saturday and is in his first season on the European Tour and also searching for a first victory.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was tied for fourth after the second round at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg but his search for a first win since 2009 took a hit with a 1-over 73 Saturday. Goosen is now tied for 20th.

Pos. Player
Nat
To Par
Hole
Today
R1
R2
R3
Total
1 Chris Paisley
ENG
-15
18
-2
66
65
70
201
2 Branden Grace
RSA
-14
18
-6
65
71
66
202
T3 Adrien Saddier
SCO
-12
18
1
68
63
73
204
T3 Chase Koepka
USA
-12
18
-4
65
71
68
204
T3 Jacques Blaauw
RSA
-12
18
-6
68
70
66
204
6 Darren Fichardt
RSA
-11
18
-8
70
71
64
205
T7 Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-10
18
-1
68
67
71
206
T7 Jeff Winther
SWE
-10
18
-6
68
72
66
206
T7 Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-10
18
-5
69
70
67
206

Round 2 - Paisley and Saddier take 4-shot lead in Johannesburg

January 12, 2018

Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier opened up a big lead after two rounds of the South African Open on Friday as they moved to 13 under par and four shots clear of their nearest challengers.

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England's Paisley hit a 7-under 65 to move up from second overnight. France's Saddier had the round of the day at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, a blistering, course record-equaling 63 with an eagle, seven birdies and no bogeys.

Both Paisley and Saddier are seeking a maiden European Tour title.

Home player Jacques Kruyswijk is alone in second on 9 under, with a group of four players another shot behind him on 8 under and in a tie for fourth.

That group contains overnight leaders Branden Grace and Chase Koepka, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, and Retief Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion who hasn't won a professional tournament since 2009.

The 48-year-old Goosen began this week with a promising 69 and then carded six birdies and an eagle for his 5-under 67 in the second round. It could have been even better if not for a bogey on No. 13 and a double bogey on the last.

Ernie Els, a five-time winner of the South African Open, made the cut after a 70 moved him to 3 under. Defending champion Graeme Storm missed the cut by a shot, though, thanks mainly to his opening-round 75.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-13
68
63
131
T1
Chris Paisley
ENG
-13
66
65
131
3
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
68
67
135
T4
Branden Grace
RSA
-8
65
71
136
T4
Chase Koepka
USA
-8
65
71
136
T4
Retief Goosen
RSA
-8
69
67
136
T4
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-8
70
66
136
8
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
67
70
137
T9
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
-6
68
70
138
T9
Justin Walters
RSA
-6
69
69
138
T9
Renato Paratore
ITA
-6
71
67
138
T9
Rhys West
RSA
-6
72
66
138
T9
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-6
70
68
138

Round 1 - Grace and Koepka take opening lead in SA

January 11, 2018

Branden Grace launched his bid for back-to-back European Tour victories on home soil by firing a lead-sharing 65 in the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club near Johannesburg Thursday.

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The 29-year-old eight-time winner on the circuit won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City two months ago, his last appearance on the Tour.

Grace, who is ranked 30 in the world, shares first place at seven under with American Chase Koepka, a brother of reigning US Open champion Brooks, who lies 306 places lower on the merit ladder.

They lead by one stroke from Chris Paisley of England after a day that brought relief to officials as predicted seasonal electrical storms did not arrive.

Of the five former Major winners in the field, South Africans Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel did best with 69s.

Compatriot Ernie Els fired a 71, Canadian Mike Weir a 73 and Trevor Immelman of South Africa a 79 over the par-72, 6,942-metre/7,594-yard track.

Defending champion Graeme Storm of England, who pipped golf superstar Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a play-off last year to win the second oldest national championship after the British Open, carded a 75.

Grace, a South African, had a haywire front nine that included two eagles, two birdies and two bogeys.

A far more settled back nine produced a birdie and another eagle, a record third for Grace during a European Tour round.

"I was a little bit rusty with some of the wedge shots and things like that, but all in all very pleased with the outcome," said Grace.

"I think I pretty much got the most out of that round. It is a great start to the year. On all the par-fives, I hit great tee shots."

Koepka matched Grace with halves of 32 and 33 as he recovered from bogeying the first hole of each nine.

The American eagled the second, then birdied three of four holes from the fifth and four of five from the 12th.

"I eagled the second and kind of kept it going from there. I just stayed patient after that first hole setback," he said.

Paisley, the clubhouse leader for much of an opening round played in warm, partly cloudy conditions, birdied seven holes and bogeyed one.

Four consecutive birdies from the 10th lifted Schwartzel's round, while the card of four-time Major winner Els was stained by successive bogeys at par fours.

Weir, whose 2003 US Masters triumph was the first by a Canadian and a left-hander, finished one over after a double-bogey six at 12.

Another former Masters champion, Immelman, who has been struggling for a while, bogeyed five holes before a double-bogey on 18 completed a round to forget.

Jamie Donaldson of Wales scored the first hole in one of the tournament at 14 with a nine iron during a round of 70.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Branden Grace
RSA
-7
65
T1
Chase Koepka
USA
-7
65
3
Chris Paisley
ENG
-6
66
T4
Bradley Neil
SCO
-5
67
T4
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
67
T4
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
67
T4
Richard Sterne
RSA
-5
67
T8
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
68
T8
Garrick Higgo
RSA
-4
68
T8
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
-4
68
T8
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-4
68
T8
Jeff Winther
SWE
-4
68
T8
Kyle McClatchie
RSA
-4
68
T8
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
68
T8
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
-4
68
T8
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
-4
68
T8
Tyrone Ferreira RSA
-4
68
T8
Ulrich van den Berg RSA
-4
68

 

Scores

Pos. Player Nat To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Chris Paisley ENG -21 66 65 70 66 267
2 Branden Grace RSA -18 65 71 66 68 270
3 JC Ritchie RSA -16 72 70 65 65 272
T4 Jacques Blaauw RSA -14 68 70 66 70 274
T4 Jacques Kruyswijk RSA -14 68 67 71 68 274
T4 Scott Vincent ZIM -14 70 66 71 67 274
T7 Adrien Saddier SCO -13 68 63 73 71 275
T7 Chase Koepka USA -13 65 71 68 71 275
T7 Darren Fichardt RSA -13 70 71 64 70 275
T7 Renato Paratore ITA -13 71 67 69 68 275
11 Charlie Ford ENG -12 71 72 67 66 276
T12 Hennie Otto RSA -11 71 72 70 64 277
T12 Jorge Campillo ESP -11 70 70 67 70 277
T12 Marcus Kinhult SWE -11 70 72 66 69 277
T15 Charl Schwartzel RSA -10 69 70 69 70 278
T15 Kyle McClatchie RSA -10 68 71 68 71 278
T15 Neil Schietekat RSA -10 70 72 69 67 278
T15 Ryan Evans ENG -10 74 67 68 69 278
T15 Trevor Fisher Jnr RSA -10 69 70 67 72 278
T20 Adilson Da Silva BRA -9 69 73 67 70 279
T20 Anthony Michael RSA -9 71 71 69 68 279
T20 Dylan Frittelli RSA -9 70 71 67 71 279
T20 Erik Van Rooyen RSA -9 67 72 71 69 279
T20 Nacho Elvira ESP -9 67 70 72 70 279
T20 Jeff Winther SWE -9 68 72 66 73 279
T20 Mark Williams RSA -9 72 70 69 68 279
T20 Ockie Strydom RSA -9 75 67 68 69 279
T20 Retief Goosen RSA -9 69 67 73 70 279
T20 Richard Sterne RSA -9 67 74 69 69 279
T20 Shaun Norris RSA -9 71 70 69 69 279
T31 Ernie Els RSA -8 71 70 70 69 280
T31 Richard Bland ENG -8 69 72 66 73 280
T31 Soo-Min Lee KOR -8 70 68 72 70 280
T34 Andy Sullivan ENG -7 70 72 69 70 281
T34 Danie van Tonder RSA -7 70 70 73 68 281
T34 Jamie Donaldson WAL -7 70 72 71 68 281
T34 Matthieu Pavon FRA -7 72 67 68 74 281
T38 Jens Dantorp SWE -6 72 72 72 66 282
T38 Justin Walters RSA -6 69 69 73 71 282
T38 Matt Wallace ENG -6 68 74 69 71 282
T38 Oliver Fisher ENG -6 69 72 71 70 282
T38 Tyrone Ferreira RSA -6 68 74 69 71 282
T43 Keenan Davidse RSA -5 76 68 71 68 283
T43 Louis De Jager RSA -5 74 69 67 73 283
T43 Pedro Oriol ESP -5 71 71 69 72 283
T43 Vaughn Groenewald RSA -5 69 72 71 71 283
T47 David Drysdale SCO -4 72 72 70 70 284
T47 Jean Hugo RSA -4 73 70 72 69 284
T47 Justin Harding RSA -4 75 67 68 74 284
T47 Rourke Van Der Spuy RSA -4 69 71 69 75 284
T51 Bradley Neil SCO -3 67 77 69 72 285
T51 Jbe Kruger RSA -3 74 70 70 71 285
T51 Musiwalo Nethunzwi RSA -3 72 71 72 70 285
T54 Breyten Meyer RSA -2 70 71 72 73 286
T54 Dean Burmester RSA -2 77 67 72 70 286
T54 George Coetzee RSA -2 72 71 77 66 286
T54 Gregory Bourdy FRA -2 75 69 67 75 286
T54 James Kingston RSA -2 73 68 72 73 286
T54 Marc Warren SCO -2 73 69 74 70 286
T54 Rhys West RSA -2 72 66 75 73 286
T54 Ruan De Smidt RSA -2 72 69 74 71 286
T54 Ulrich van den Berg RSA -2 68 75 72 71 286
T63 Christiaan Bezuidenhout RSA -1 69 72 74 72 287
T63 Garrick Higgo RSA -1 68 73 76 70 287
T65 MJ Viljoen RSA Par 70 73 73 72 288
T65 Marcus Armitage ENG Par 72 68 76 72 288
T65 Zack Byrd USA Par 69 71 74 74 288
68 Toto Thimba Jr. RSA 1 73 70 72 74 289
T69 Austin Connelly CAN 2 70 73 76 71 290
T69 Matt Saulez RSA 2 69 70 76 75 290
T71 Colin Nel RSA 4 71 73 74 74 292
T71 Jake Roos RSA 4 69 72 77 74 292
73 Pontus Widegren SWE 6 72 71 78 73 294
74 Brett Rumford AUS 7 71 71 75 78 295
75 Oliver Farr WAL 8 73 70 75 78 296
CUT Brandon Stone RSA 1 75 70 - - 145
CUT Christo Lamprecht RSA 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Christofer Blomstrand SWE 1 72 73 - - 145
CUT Clement Sordet FRA 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Daniel Greene RSA 1 70 75 - - 145
CUT Edoardo Molinari ITA 1 76 69 - - 145
CUT Graeme Storm ENG 1 75 70 - - 145
CUT Hennie Du Plessis RSA 1 71 74 - - 145
CUT Jaco Ahlers RSA 1 73 72 - - 145
CUT Jared Harvey RSA 1 72 73 - - 145
CUT Jonathon Agren SWE 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Julien Guerrier FRA 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Lasse Jensen DNK 1 71 74 - - 145
CUT Lucas Bjerregaard DNK 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Matthew Southgate ENG 1 76 69 - - 145
CUT Ross McGowan ENG 1 75 70 - - 145
CUT Scott Fernandez ESP 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT Thomas Detry BEL 1 75 70 - - 145
CUT Chris Swanepoel RSA 2 72 74 - - 146
CUT Christiaan Basson RSA 2 74 72 - - 146
CUT Haydn Porteous RSA 2 69 77 - - 146
CUT Jaco Prinsloo RSA 2 77 69 - - 146
CUT Jordan Smith ENG 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Jovan Rebula RSA 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Mike Weir CAN 2 73 73 - - 146
CUT Soren Kjeldsen DEN 2 79 67 - - 146
CUT Titch Moore RSA 2 70 76 - - 146
CUT Aaron Rai ENG 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT Zander Lombard RSA 2 70 76 - - 146
CUT Andrew Curlewis RSA 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT Heinrich Bruiners RSA 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT James Morrison ENG 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT Jin-Ho Choi KOR 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT Malcolm Mitchell RSA 3 77 70 - - 147
CUT Merrick Bremner RSA 3 72 75 - - 147
CUT Morten Orum Madsen DEN 3 73 75 - - 148
CUT Pep Angles ESP 3 71 76 - - 147
CUT Tapio Pulkkanen FIN 3 72 75 - - 147
CUT Thomas Aiken RSA 3 77 70 - - 147
CUT Andre Nel RSA 4 77 71 - - 148
CUT Ashley Chesters ENG 4 72 76 - - 148
CUT Daniel Brooks ENG 4 74 74 - - 148
CUT Peter Karmis RSA 4 78 70 - - 148
CUT Sam Horsfield ENG 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT Toby Tree ENG 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT Andrea Pavan ITA 5 77 72 - - 149
CUT James Kamte RSA 5 79 70 - - 149
CUT Keith Horne RSA 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT Rak Cho KOR 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT Tjaart Van Der Walt RSA 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT Trevor Dodds NAM 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT Alex Haindl RSA 6 74 76 - - 150
CUT Trevor Immelman RSA 5 79 70 - - 149
CUT Garth Mulroy RSA 6 72 78 - - 150
CUT J. J. Senekal RSA 6 75 75 - - 150
CUT Jason Scrivener AUS 6 74 76 - - 150
CUT Josh Geary NZL 6 72 78 - - 150
CUT Madalitso Muthiya ZAM 7 78 73 - - 151
CUT Riekus Nortje RSA 7 73 78 - - 151
CUT Roberto Lupini RSA 7 75 76 - - 151
CUT Chris Wood ENG 8 75 77 - - 152
CUT Martin Scheepers RSA 8 75 77 - - 152
CUT Oliver Bekker RSA 8 72 80 - - 152
CUT Raphael Jacquelin FRA 8 73 79 - - 152
CUT Jacquin Hess RSA 9 77 76 - - 153
CUT Louis Albertse RSA 9 75 78 - - 153
CUT Makgetha Mazibuko RSA 9 73 80 - - 153
CUT Marc Cayeux ZIM 9 81 72 - - 153
CUT Mikko Korhonen FIN 9 74 79 - - 153
CUT Gregory Havret FRA 10 80 74 - - 154
CUT Lee Slattery ENG 10 75 79 - - 154
CUT Mathias Groenberg SWE 10 75 79 - - 154
CUT Ricardo Melo Gouveia POR 10 75 79 - - 154
CUT Tyrone Ryan RSA 10 71 83 - - 154
CUT Wallie Coetsee RSA 10 81 75 - - 156
CUT Jean-Paul Strydom RSA 13 80 77 - - 157
CUT Ryan Tipping RSA 14 75 83 - - 158
CUT Jason Diab RSA 17 77 84 - - 161
CUT Michiel Bothma RSA 17 78 83 - - 161
RET David Howell ENG Par - - - - 0
RET Doug McGuigan RSA Par 79 - - - 79

 

Preview

DATES: January 11-14
SITE: Glendower GC, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
PRIZE MONEY: ZAR15,000,000
Co-sanction: Sunshine Tour

 





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