Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Brandon Stone  (Getty Images)
Brandon Stone (Getty Images)

It will be a family affair this week at Pretoria Country Club as Brandon Stone tees it up alongside father Kevin at the Tshwane Open.

Brandon comes into the week having won The BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni at the start of the year while Stone Snr had to come through Tuesday qualifying to earn his place in the field.

And while there may be 27 years between the father and son duo, this is not the first time they have gone head-to-head on The European Tour.

They were both in action at last season's Joburg Open where Brandon finished in a tie for 99th, eight shots better than his father, and the 22 year old has revealed what will be at stake between the two this week.

"The dinner bets are always on," he said. "I think we always have a few bets here and there. We never play for cash but we play for things worth more than money.

"Whenever we play a normal round of golf we play for car washes. It's just such a drag. If you think about it, it's easy to hand over someone 100 bucks but to take his car to the car wash and to sit inside of it while they wash it and you just lose an hour and a half out of your day. And it's not even your car, so you're not even getting to enjoy it."

Despite coming out well on top in their previous clash on The European Tour, Brandon still believes his father is capable of having a good week at Pretoria Country Club.

"I was actually saying to him last night, that is actually the perfect golf course for him to play on, because there are no drivers," he said. "We played yesterday and you could play this entire golf course without a driver. So length is not a problem and the fact that he doesn't hit it short either.

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"He's hitting it longer than he ever has, he's swinging it better than he ever has and he's putting the best that I've ever seen.

"I think the way that he's playing now, I wouldn't be surprised if he has a good performance. If he can get some confidence going, get a few putts rolling in early, it'll be nice to see him shooting some good scores this week."

Brandon and Kevin have been kept apart in the draw, with the younger teeing off at 0740 on Thursday and his father going out at 1120.

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