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Gerrie Coetzee (Gallo)
Gerrie Coetzee (Gallo)

Every diehard, versatile South African sports fan has it. 

"It" is his or her dogged preparedness to rise - or just not go to sleep first? - in the wee hours and urge toward glory a compatriot campaigning in some unfriendly time-zone on the planet. 

The heyday of Ernie Els so obviously comes to mind. 

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