Will Stenson make it two in a row?

2013-11-17 14:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

When Henrik Stenson’s name was announced as one of the contestants for last year’s SA Open at the Glendower Golf Course in Joburg, nobody took him seriously.

The imposing Swede proved his worth by carding a nail-biting, three-stroke routing over South Africa’s George Coetzee in the final round to win – and gain respect from local fans.

Now the Scandinavian will be putting his title on the line when the Sunshine-European Tour’s co-sanctioned tournament gets into swing at the same venue from Thursday.

This has been a particularly awesome year for Stenson, who won the?Tour Championship by Coca-Cola, a feat that led to him clinching the FedEx Cup. The win made him the first European winner of the FedEx Cup in its seven-year existence.

One of the oldest golf championships in the world, the Open is a principal event on the Sunshine Tour.

With a mouthwatering €1.1?million (R15?million) cash prize on offer, every player will be giving it his all to lift the coveted trophy.

Prior to Stenson’s victory, the contest was won by South Africans Ernie Els and Hennie Otto in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Before then, the event was called the South African Airways Open and was dominated by locals.

It remains to be seen if Stenson will lose his grip in defence of his title this year and allow a South African to defeat him. Only the outcome of the Open will tell.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.