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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The European Tour Restarts This Week Also

The ET continues their season this week in South Africa. Ernie Els is playing host at the South African Open Championship in Ekurhuleni, which is near Johannesburg.

Ernie Els

The SA Open is the second oldest national Open in the world -- this is the 104th playing of the event! That sounds pretty impressive to me, given how economic factors have affected tournament sponsorships over the years. I'm sure that tying it to Ernie's name will certainly help in that respect.

And while the event won't be named after Ernie, his charitable foundations will become major beneficiaries of the event. According to europeantour.com:
In addition to the SA Golf Development Board’s Chapter in Ekurhuleni, Els’ two charities, Els for Autism and the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, will become the beneficiary charities of the tournament.
According to the site, the tee times haven't been set yet (or at least they haven't been posted). But the event looks to have a pretty good number of the ET's "name" players, given how close to the holidays it is.

Yes, the tours are slowly starting to get back in action. It appears that GC will begin their coverage very early Thursday morning but there are three separate listings for 3am, 5:30am, and 7:30am and NONE of them tell which event they're covering. So I'm not sure if they're all for the South African Open or whether they're replaying some other ET events to fill time. I'm sure they'll make announcements as the week goes on.

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