Wednesday, 06 December 2017
A tee marker at the 2018 Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club  (Getty Images)
A tee marker at the 2018 Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club (Getty Images)

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We pick out the best tee times at the Joburg Open this week as the largest field of the season get set to tee it up at Randpark Golf Club in South Africa, in what will be the first tri-sanctioned event held in the country...

Defending Champion Darren Fichardt will begin his defence alongside fellow South African Haydn Porteous and Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green at 07:30 local time.

Fichardt triumphed by one shot in a tournament that was reduced to 54 holes last year following thunder, lightning and a flooded course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, while 2016 Joburg Open champion Porteous has great memories of this year’s new venue, having won an amateur tournament here by 14 shots in 2013.

One of the most in-form players on the European Tour, Dylan Frittelli, will get his quest for back-to-back European Tour titles under way at 11:05 alongside Jazz Janewattananond and Cody Martin, with the latter a late replacement for Louis Oosthuizen, who was forced to withdraw from the event after suffering a freak injury.

Frittelli, who sits second in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex after winning last week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, his second European Tour title of 2017, will be keen to add a first win on home soil to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.

To see what draw the likes of Matt Wallace and home favourite George Coetzee have got, and the full draw for rounds one and two, click here.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SHARMA, ShubhankarIND18-23
2VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-20
T3NORRIS, ShaunRSA18-17
T3PULKKANEN, TapioFIN18-17
5ARMITAGE, MarcusENG18-15
T6HANSEN, Joachim B.DEN18-13

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