Huge payday for Louis, Charl


One could not wipe the smiles off the faces of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel on Sunday, because on the leafy green Royal Greens course in the desert in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, they were together second in the LIV tournament.

The tournament was won by the Chilean Joaquin Niemann who completed the three rounds in 193 shots (-17).

His winning score was four shots better than that of Oosthuizen (197, -13) with the American Bryson DeChambeau fourth at 198 (-12) and the Spaniard Jon Rahm fifth at 199 (-11).

Branden Grace and Dean Burmester (both 203, -7) also contributed to the South African Stinger team finishing second (-34) behind the Crushers (-38).

It was again a very big payday for the South Africans, because Oosthuizen and Schwartzel both won around R35.8 million and Grace and Burmester both around R5.5 million.

Then the Stinger team earned a further R29 million with its second place.

Not too shabby at all for three rounds of golf!

* It is not only in South Africa where a few golf tournaments and rugby matches took place this weekend under heavy rain and lightning, because at Palm Beach in Florida the fourth and final round of the Cognizant Classic golf tournament will not be completed until Monday.

The American Austin Eckroat was the leader after seven holes in the fourth round on 15 shots under par in this tournament in the American PGA series.

The last round was suspended after heavy rain of more than 50 mm fell over the course within two hours and the players had to seek shelter.

Eckroat was one stroke ahead of South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen, who teed off early and finished the final round in 63 strokes.

Van Rooyen was the clubhouse leader on 270 strokes (-14) and in second position.

He was followed by American Jake Knapp, the former bouncer who won the recent Mexico Open, at -13, with his compatriots Keith Mitchell, Billy Horschel, Alexander Noren (Sweden) and Shane Lowry (Ireland) all tied at – 12 and have not yet completed the second nine.

* On the St. Francis left course in the Eastern Cape, American Jordan Gumberg won the SDC Championship which is part of the Dubai World Tour (European Series).

Gumberg, who had not previously been able to win in the series, finished the final round in 68 strokes. He finished with South Africa’s Robin Williams on 277 shots (-12).

On the 17th hole, Williams was still two shots ahead, but he conceded two shots to par and belied his chances. Gumberg clinched the playoff on the second playoff hole.

Frenchman David Ravetto was third at 278 (-10), followed by Scotland’s Connor Syme and Andy Sullivan, Daniel Brown and Marcus Armitage (all from England), Germany’s Nick Bachem and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, who were joint fourth at 280 (-8).

Jbé Kruger and Thriston Lawrence kept the South African flag flying in the rain when they were joint tenth on 281 (-7).

Of the other South Africans, Casey Jarvis was on 282, with Thomas Aiken and Keenan Davidse together on 283. Daniel van Tonder (284) was followed by Shaun Norris, Wilco Nienaber, Nikhil Rama and Louis de Jager (all 285).

* In the World Championship tournament for women decided on the Sentosa course in Singapore, the Australian Hannah Green (275, -13) walked away with the laurels.

She finished one stroke ahead of France’s Celine Boutier (276, -12), with South Korea’s Mi-Hayng Lee, Nasa Hataoka and Yuna Nishimura (both of Japan) and Canada’s Brooke Henderson tied for third at 279 (-9 ).