Monday, 08 February 2016
David Horsey  (Getty Images)
David Horsey (Getty Images)
Ahead of the 2016 Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club, we take a look at the five players you should be keeping any eye on as the Tour returns to South Africa following the Desert Swing.



Fabrizio Zanotti

There’s plenty for Fabrizio Zanotti to think about in 2016, not least the likelihood of representing his native Paraguay in the Olympic Games this summer. Another solid year performing on The European Tour would give him the ideal platform to succeed in Rio de Janeiro.


The 32 year old finished in the top ten four times last year – a share of seventh at the Nordea Masters, fourth at the KLM Open, tied for third at the 72° OPEN D’ITALIA presented by DAMIANI and tied for second at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.


As one of the most experienced players in the field at Pretoria Country Club, Zanotti could get his year up and running with his second European Tour win.


Jacques Blaauw

South African Blauuw will have good reason to believe he can succeed at this year’s Tshwane Open. After finishing second to George Coetzee at the tournament last year, the 29 year old will feel his first European Tour win could be just around the corner.

In his first two Tour events of the year he’s seen steady improvement. A share of 38th at The BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni was followed by a tie for seventh at the Joburg Open. Another strong result on home soil could be in the offing.

David Horsey

Given some of Horsey’s performances last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him win an event on Tour for the third year running. Victories in Russia and Denmark in the last two years have shown Horsey knows how to close a performance out and, after finishing in a share of tenth at the Tshwane Open in 2015, this week could see him win his first event of this year.

Horsey also took third place at the M2M Russian Open last year and took a share of ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. A strong performance in Pretoria could set him up for another impressive year.


Zander Lombard

To say that 2016 has started brightly for Lombard would be an understatement. The South African has not only finished in the top ten twice in three European Tour starts, but has also guaranteed himself a place at The Open Championship in July.

Lombard finished second to Haydn Porteous at the Joburg Open, ensuring his spot in the field for the year’s third Major Championship. Prior to that the 21 year old took a share of 12th at The BMW SA Open and finished fourth at the Australian PGA Championship. The extra incentive of performing in front of a home crowd will add to the occasion for one of South Africa’s most promising young players.

Daniel Im

The 30 year old American secured his Tour card last year alongside Adrian Otaegui and Ulrich van den Berg at the Qualifying School Final Stage.Two top ten finishes in his first three events of the year suggest he’s making the most of his opportunity.

Im took an impressive share of third at the Joburg Open, preceded by a share of eighth at The BMW SA Open. Although it's early days in the Race to Dubai rankings, his current positon of 45th would be boosted by another strong performance in South Africa this week.



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