JOHANNESBURG – Louis Oosthuizen will launch the defence of his South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg title in the company of countrymen Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Jayden Trey Schaper.
Home favourite Oosthuizen kicked off his 2019 Race to Dubai campaign in style with a commanding six shot victory when the European Tour last visited Randpark Golf Club 13 months ago.
And the World Number 20 will be hoping to shine again when he begins his first competitive round of the decade from the first tee at 8.35am on Thursday.
Teeing off ten minutes earlier will be former champions Richard Sterne, who won this event in the 2009 season, and Chris Paisley, the 2018 winner.
They will be joined by Sterne's fellow South African Justin Harding in a high quality three ball.
One of the main attractions of the afternoon will be the group containing local hero Charl Schwartzel, Englishman Eddie Pepperell and Thomas Detry, who begin their opening rounds at 12.10pm.