The three most likely winners of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the South Africa Sunshine Tour are former major champions or a multiple winner in Europe this season. The tournament is co-sanctioned with the European Tour and counts towards the 2013 Race to Dubai but it is the home contingent that should provide the winner.
Louis Oosthuizen (pictured) is the highest world ranked player in the field. He has reached a career high of 5 in the current standings after a consistent run of form over the latter weeks of the US PGA and European Tours. Oosthuizen excels when there is a premium on accuracy over distance and that makes him a leading contender this week.
The regular host course at Leopard Creek is about average in length by modern standards. However, finding the fairways and greens in regulation will be a key skill and Oosthuizen excels in both these areas. The 2010 British Open champion has a decent opportunity to win for the third time in 2012, in addition to a play-off defeat to Bubba Watson in the US Masters.
Charl Schwartzel birdied the last four holes at Augusta in 2011 to claim the Green Jacket and win his first major. Injury and loss of form has seen a dip in results over the last year but he showed signs at the Nedbank Challenge, South Africa’s major, that he is back to close to his best.
Branden Grace has yet to win a major but he has been discussed as a future major champion from South Africa. He qualified for the 2012 European season at the Qualifying School and the proceeded to win four tournaments. Nobody has been more prolific in world golf over the last twelve months.
George Coetzee has yet to win in Europe but he has shown enough in the last year to suggest a maiden win is imminent. There would be great value in wining this week as that would mean he has beaten three of the form South African golfers in recent months.