A dozen SA golfers will fly flag high at The Open

Cape Town – The 147th Open Championship gets under way at Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland on Thursday.

This year there will be 12 South Africans in the field.

The last time a South African lifted the famed Claret Jug was in 2012 when Ernie Els won by single stroke at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Here are our 12 contenders and how they qualified:

1. Ernie Els

Age – 48

World ranking – 774

Best Open – Win (2002, 2012)

How he qualified – Open winners aged 60 or under

2. Louis Oothuizen

Age – 35

World ranking – 32

Best Open – Win (2010)

How he qualified – Open winner aged 60 or under, Top 50 player on the OWGR, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

3. Branden Grace

Age – 30

World ranking – 35

Best Open – T6

How he qualified – Top 10 finish in the 2017 Open Championship, Top 50 player on the OWGR, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

4. Charl Schwartzel

Age – 33

World ranking – 46

Best Open – T7

How he qualified – Top 50 player on the OWGR, top 30 on the 2017 Race to Dubai, member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team

5. Dylan Frittelli

Age – 28

World ranking – 58

Best Open – Missed cut in 2017

How he qualified – Top 30 on the 2017 Race to Dubai

6. Retief Goosen

Age – 49

World ranking – 309

Best Open – T5

How he qualified – Final Open Championship Qualifying Series at Prince’s

7. George Coetzee

Age – 32

World ranking – 113

Best Open – 15

How he qualified – Winner of the 2017/18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

8. Erik van Rooyen

Age – 28

World ranking – 144

Best Open – Debut

How he qualified – Open Qualifying Series – European Tour’s Joburg Open

9. Brandon Stone

Age – 25

World ranking – 110

Best Open – T70

How he qualified – Open Qualifying Series – European Tour’s Scottish Open

10. Zander Lombard

Age – 23

World ranking – 444

Best Open – T66

How he qualified – Open Qualifying Series – European Tour’s Irish Open

11. Shaun Norris

Age – 36

World ranking – 125

Best Open – T62

How he qualified – Open Qualifying Series – European Tour’s Joburg Open

12. Jovan Rebula

Age – 20

World ranking – 2036 (Amateur)

Best Open – Debut

How he qualified – Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship

All images: Getty/Gallo

TEE TIMES:

THURSDAY, JULY 19

All times SA

07:35 – Martin Kaymer (GER), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan

07:46 – Erik Van Rooyen (RSA)Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate

07:57 – Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Luke List (USA)

08:08 – Danthai Boonma (THA), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (RSA)

08:19 – Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

08:30 – Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)

08:41 – Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry

08:52 – Thomas Pieters (BEL), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE)

09:03 – Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

09:14 – Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Andrew Landry (USA)

09:25 – Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (DEN)

09:36 – Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA)Hideto Tanihara (JPN)

09:47 – Gary Woodland (USA), Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Kang Sung (KOR)

10:03 – Adam Hadwin (CAN), Ernie Els (RSA)Chesson Hadley (USA)

10:14 – Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (RSA)

10:25 – David Duval (USA), Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na (USA)

10:36 – Bernhard Langer (GER), Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen (RSA)

10:47 – Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Peter Uihlein (USA)

10:58 – Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth (USA), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

11:09 – Rickie Fowler (USA), Jon Rahm (ESP), Chris Wood

11:20 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)Paul Casey, Patrick Reed (USA)

11:31 – Xander Schauffele (USA), Tony Finau (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

11:42 – Lin Yuxin (a) (CHN), Alexander Bjork (SWE), Park Sang-Hyun (KOR)

11:53 – James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (ISL), Zander Lombard (RSA)

12:04 – Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

12:15 – Gavin Green (MLT), Sean Crocker (USA), Ash Turner

12:36 – Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (AUS)

12:47 – Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (SWE), Charles Howell III (USA)

12:58 – Charl Schwartzel (RSA)Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis

13:09 – Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (FRA), An Byeong-Hun (KOR)

13:20 – Michael Hendry (NZL), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood

13:31 – Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (SWE), Jimmy Walker (USA)

13:42 – Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (RSA)

13:53 – Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (AUS), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

14:04 – Alex Noren (SWE), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

14:15 – Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Brendan Steele (USA)

14:26 – Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Branden Grace (RSA)

14:37 – Jason Day (AUS), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN), Li Haotong (CHN)

14:48 – Beau Hossler (USA), Todd Hamilton (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

15:04 – Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (JPN), Michael Kim (USA)

15:15 – Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Jens Dantorp (SWE)

15:26 – Dylan Frittelli (RSA)Tom Lehman (USA), Grant Forrest

15:37 – Lucas Herbert (AUS), Jason Kokrak (USA), Choi Min-Chel (KOR)

15:48 – Padraig Harrington, Matt Wallace, Bubba Watson (USA)

15:59 – Cameron Smith (AUS), Brooks Koepka (USA), Ian Poulter

16:10 – Sergio Garcia (ESP), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

16:21 – Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Russell Knox, Tiger Woods (USA)

16:32 – Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Ryan Fox (NZL)

16:43 – Abraham Ancer (MEX), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Ryan Armour (USA)

16:54 – Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Jordan Smith

17:05 – Masanori Kobayashi (JPN), Jack Senior, Brett Rumford (AUS)

17:16 – Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon (USA), Matt Jones (AUS)

FRIDAY, JULY 20

07:35 – Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (AUS)

07:46 – Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (SWE), Charles Howell III (USA)

07:57 – Charl Schwartzel (RSA)Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis

08:08 – Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (FRA), An Byeong-Hun (KOR)

08:19 – Michael Hendry (NZL), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood

08:30 – Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (SWE), Jimmy Walker (USA)

08:41 – Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (RSA)

08:52 – Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (Aus), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

09:03 – Alex Noren (SWE), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

09:14 – Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Brendan Steele (USA)

09:25 – Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Branden Grace (RSA)

09:36 – Jason Day (AUS), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN), Li Haotong (CHN)

09:47 – Todd Hamilton (USA), Beau Hossler (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

10:03 – Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (JPN), Michael Kim (USA)

10:14 – Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Jens Dantorp (SWE)

10:25 – Tom Lehman (USA), Dylan Frittelli (RSA)Grant Forrest

10:36 – Chel-Choi Min (KOR), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Jason Kokrak (USA)

10:47 – Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson (USA), Matt Wallace

10:58 – Cameron Smith (AUS), Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka (USA)

11:09 – Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Shubhankar Sharma (IND)

11:20 – Tiger Woods (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Russell Knox

11:31 – Ryan Fox (NZL), Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)

11:42 – Ryan Armour (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN)

11:53 – Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Jordan Smith

12:04 – Brett Rumford (AUS), Masanori Kobayashi (JPN), Jack Senior

12:15 – Thomas Curtis, Matt Jones (AUS), Bronson Burgoon (USA)

12:36 – Martin Kaymer (GER), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan

12:47 – Erik Van Rooyen (RSA)Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate

12:58 – Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Luke List (USA)

13:09 – Danthai Boonma (THA), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (RSA)

13:20 – Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

13:31 – Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)

13:42 – Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry

13:53 – Thomas Pieters (BEL), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE)

14:04 – Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

14:15 – Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Andrew Landry (USA)

14:26 – Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (DEN)

14:37 – Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA), Hideto Tanihara (JPN)

14:48 – Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Gary Woodland (USA), Kang Sung (KOR)

15:04 – Adam Hadwin (CAN), Ernie Els (RSA)Chesson Hadley (USA)

15:15 – Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (RSA)

15:26 – Scott Jamieson, David Duval (USA), Kevin Na (USA)

15:37 – Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer (GER), Retief Goosen (RSA)

15:48 – Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Peter Uihlein (USA)

15:59 – Jordan Spieth (USA), Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

16:10 – Jon Rahm (ESP), Rickie Fowler (USA), Chris Wood

16:21 – Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)Patrick Reed (USA)

16:32 – Tony Finau (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

16:43 – Alexander Bjork (SWE), Lin Yuxin (a) (CHN), Park Sang-Hyun (KOR)

16:54 – James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (ISL), Zander Lombard (RSA)

17:05 – Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

17:16 – Sean Crocker (USA), Gavin Green (MLT), Ash Turner

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