George Coetzee’s inspiring 2015 golf run

big hitter George Coetzee won twice on the big stage  PHOTO: Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports
big hitter George Coetzee won twice on the big stage PHOTO: Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports

No doubt 2015 will go down as the year many South African golfers will want to forget quickly – except George Coetzee.

Coetzee set the pace this year by being the only South African player to win twice on the Sunshine-European tours co-sanctioned stage.

The Pretoria-born Coetzee lifted the Tshwane Open trophy at his home course – Pretoria Country Club – in March by carding a score of -24 for 264.

In May, he made another big catch by capturing the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open title at Heritage Golf Club in Mauritius, registering -13 for 271.

Branden Grace won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in January by -19 for 269.

Trevor Fisher was awarded the Africa Open silverware for his impressive -24 for 264 victory at East London Golf Club in March.

Last month saw Charl Schwartzel become the Alfred Dunhill Championship winner after recording -15 for 273 at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, Mpumalanga.

Generally, this has been a tough year for many local golfers in big leagues abroad as they have been battling to make a mark.

The US-based PGA Tour fairways, in particular, continued to be a thorn in the flesh for South Africans as no one has captured any of the events there.

For Coetzee, winning twice was a moment to savour.

Grace also finished on a good note. He was ranked 14th in the official world rankings this week.

Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen’s name appeared 17th on the rung.

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