• Defending champion, Louis Oosthuizen will be looking to claim his fourth European Tour title and ninth professional win in all. Six of his eight triumphs have been on home soil. The 2010 Open Champion will be looking to continue with his superb late season form of 2011, where he finished in the top eight in his last five consecutive European Tour events.

• Should he triumph again, he would join Ernie Els (2002-03-04 Heineken Classic), Trevor Immelman   (2003-04 South African Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (2010-11 Joburg Open), as South African players to make a successful defence of a European Tour title.

• The 2010 Africa Open witnessed very low scoring. The cut came at five under par; the lowest in relation to par on the 2010 European Tour season. It was only one outside the European Tour record which was established at the 2003 Canarias Open de España and again at the 2005 TCL Classic.

• Should a South African win again in 2012, it would represent only the second official European Tour event that the country have won for three consecutive years. The South African Open Championship was the first tournament this feat was achieved. The years were: 2002, with Tim Clark and 2003-04 Trevor Immelman. Then again in 2005 with Tim Clark, Retief Goosen in 2006 and Ernie Els in 2007. (Ernie Els did with the World Match Play Championship in 1994-96 and in 2002-04. However, the event was only considered official in 2004).




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