Justin Harding will be joined by a whole host of South Africans taking part in the British Masters set to start at Close House Golf Club on Wednesday.
In the third event as part of the European Tour’s resumption, Newcastle will kickstart the ‘UK swing’ of the new revised season schedule.
Players such as Harding, Zander Lombard and Dean Burmester are all currently inside the top 50 of the Race to Dubai standings, while Compleat Golfer‘s playing editor, Brandon Stone, sits the highest of all South Africans in 18th position.
Stone narrowly missed out on victory at the Oman Open in February but had to settle for second place after losing in a playoff to Sami Valimaki.
Burmester has also been knocking on the door in the European Tour since the beginning of the year with a T3 at the Dubai Desert Classic, while Lombard has been making the most of the opportunity to compete against Europe’s best players by only missing the cut at the South African Open and Saudi International.
Despite being the highest-ranked South African at the event, Harding, though, has been struggling to replicate his Tour form from last year.
Having fired on the local Sunshine Tour so far this year, Louis de Jager will be eager to carry some of that form into the European Tour when he tees off on Wednesday.
De Jager has also found the going tough on the European Tour so far but is well capable of rising to the occasion this week.
Haydn Porteous could also do with a bit of momentum to properly kick off his restart, while the 39-year-old Justin Walters has been missing way too many cuts for his liking on Tour so far this year.
Similarly, Bryce Easton will head into the competition as the lowest-ranked South African but given the potential he showed in Australia earlier this year, a confident four days could bode well for the rest of the year.
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