• Saffas at Augusta: Form guide on Super six

    Augusta
    SA's Big Three ready for another crack

    Six South Africans have booked their place at the Masters 2019. WADE PRETORIUS looks at their form and track record for the year’s first Major at Augusta.

    Charl Schwartzel

    How he qualified: Masters champion 2011

    Best result: 1st (2011)

    2018 result: Missed Cut

    Masters record: 1 win, 1 top 5, 6 of 9 cuts made

    Current form: Schwartzel’s career is in something of a decline, with no less than three cuts in the last 10 outings; two of those outside the main PGA TOUR events. The South African has missed the cut in two of his last three visits, meaning he will lean hard on his 2011 win for ‘good vibes’ ahead of round one.

    Verdict: Will make the cut, but not a strong contender

    Louis Oosthuizen

    Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa

    How he qualified: Top 12 last year and top 50 in the world

    Best result: Runner-up (2012)

    2018 result: T12

    Masters record: 1 top 5, 6 of 10 cuts made

    Current form: Oosthuizen’s Masters form isn’t as good as might be expected. He has made the cut in his last four outings, which bodes well for course form. T2 at the Valspar Championship and T5 at the WGC-Dell Match Play means SA’s No 1 is arriving in a good space, even if he’s been struggling with various parts of his game since winning the SA Open in December.

    Verdict: Almost certainly a top 10 and could just feature late on Sunday if he rids himself of that one bad round

    Branden Grace

    Branden Grace at The Masters

    How he qualified: Top 50 in the world

    Best result: T18 (2013)

    2018 result: T24

    Masters record: 3 of 5 cuts made

    Current form: A man for the big occasion, Grace is favoured by many observers to get into the Major’s winners club soon. His Augusta form doesn’t point to overwhelming evidence that this will be his event. After good runs at the WGC-Match Play and Phoenix Open, his game is standing up to the test.

    Verdict: Top 25

    Justin Harding

    Justin Harding

    How he qualified: Top 50 in the world

    Best result: N/A

    Masters record: On debut

    Current form: A win and a runner-up in his last four outings, Harding has gone from tour grinder to tour threat. A missed cut in Texas last week wasn’t ideal preparation, but the way his game has stood up to this point suggests he’ll do fine in the arena that is Augusta National.

    Verdict: Will do well to make the cut on his first outing

    Jovan Rebula (a)

    How he qualified: Winner of The Amateur

    Next best: N/A

    Masters record: On debut

    Current form: Rebula, the nephew of Ernie Els, has had a mixed bag when playing at the highest level. A T24 at the SA Open was good experience for the youngster, who will be eager to impress.

    Verdict: Missed Cut

    Trevor Immelman

    Trevor Immelman wins The Masters

    How he qualified: Masters champion 2008

    Best result: 1st (2008)

    2018 result: Missed Cut

    Masters record: 1 win, 1 top 5, 9 of 16 cuts made

    Current form: Immelman surprised the world in 2008 when he beat Tiger Woods by three to the Green Jacket. That win lifted him to 15th in the world, but since then he’s been plagued with injury and has subsequently dropped down into the rankings abyss. Has missed five cuts in his last seven outings.

    Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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