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Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Chris Paisley  (Getty Images)
Chris Paisley (Getty Images)
Chris Paisley will get the defence of his South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg title under way alongside a Major Champion on Thursday morning.

The Englishman is part of a bumper field that will play over both courses at Randpark Golf Club, and he will start his campaign on the Bushwillow Course alongside 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen at 08.25.

Three-time 2018 winner Matt Wallace will complete the trio as he plays his first event of the 2019 season.

Another Claret Jug winner in Ernie Els is looking for his sixth win at this event and he will be alongside fellow home favourites George Coetzee and Justin Walters at 07.40.

Scotland's David Drysdale has made an impressive start to the season and goes off ten minutes earlier in the company of 2018 Challenge Tour winner Joachim B Hansen and local favourite Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

The all South African group of Branden Grace, Dean Burmester and Justin Harding are sure to take a good crowd with them when they set off at 08.15.

On the Firethorn Course, 2011 Masters Tournament winner Charl Schwartzel gets under way at 11.55 alongside fellow South African Haydn Porteous and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger - who continues his comeback from a wrist injury.

Last week's winner Kurt Kitayama tees off at 11.35 in the company of 2016 champion Brandon Stone and another South African in Erik van Rooyen.

For a full list of tee-times, click here.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-18
2LANGASQUE, RomainFRA18-12
T3EASTON, BryceRSA18-10
T3AIKEN, ThomasRSA18-10
T3WILSON, OliverENG18-10
T3SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-10

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