Christiaan Bezuidenhout to defend SA Open title

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout defends his SA Open title at Sun City this week. Getty Images
Christiaan Bezuidenhout defends his SA Open title at Sun City this week. Getty Images

A watered-down SA Open at Sun City and the return of Tiger Woods’ tournament in the Bahamas are among this week’s highlights on the golf scene.

The formally-named South African Open Championship is returning to the Gary Player Country Club in the North West on Thursday, with Christiaan Bezuidenhout back to defend his title.

But the tournament’s initial set-up, including a co-sanctioning by the Sunshine and European Tours with a prize fund of $1,5 million (almost R23 million), changed over the weekend because of new Covid-19 fears and accompanying flight issues for foreigners. The result is that the field is much weaker and the prize fund is down to $500 000 (almost R8 million).

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