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Madibaz out to defend USSA golf title

CAPTION: KPMG Madibaz Golf Club star Kyle de Beer will play in his first University Sport South Africa tournament at Centurion Country Club next month. Photo: Supplied


NMMU will be sending a potent four-man team to defend their title when the University Sport South Africa golf tournament is played at Centurion Country Club in Northern Gauteng next month.


The KPMG Madibaz team dominated last years event at Humewood in Port Elizabeth, winning the A and B sections, while Luke Jerling was crowned the individual champion.


Jerling has since turned professional but club manager Karl du Preez feels they have a good chance of retaining the title, even though there will be some pressure on them as the holders.


Yes, there will obviously be the challenge to perform as well as last year and a contributing factor is that we are playing inland, he said. It is often perceived that coastal teams are better players at coastal courses.


However, he felt that they would still be among the title contenders, with two capable newcomers in Kyle de Beer and Altin van der Merwe.


We are only sending one four-man team this year and two of them, Jacques Smith and Hando Brophy, are very experienced at playing USSA tournaments.


The rookies (De Beer and Van der Merwe) have extensive experience playing national tournaments and will have major roles to play in assuring success.


He pointed out that all four had been chosen for the USSA national team which competed in the SA Challenge Cup in the Western Cape in May, while De Beer had also been selected to represent South Africa at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei in August.


In my opinion, we have a strong side, which, I think, will be very competitive.


Du Preez said the USSA tournament was a major goal for the club and that they had put in extensive preparations for the event.


The success of the USSA team acts as a major drawcard for potential students to join the varsity so this makes it an important event for us.


He said the students had played in most of the EPGU and NMMU Order of Merit events this year and have attended numerous practice sessions at Humewood Golf Club.


Du Preez said the biggest challenge would be adapting to the conditions when they tee off early in the Highveld weather.


The greens will be quick and there will be no wind, but a big factor is that it is winter and our students will have to adapt to the near freezing temperatures in the morning.


I believe one of the toughest competitors will be University of Pretoria, who should be the favourites looking at their past performances.


Madibaz beat Pretoria in the final last year, but Du Preez said the Gauteng teams knowledge of the conditions could be an important factor.


Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges 

Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on charges of driving under the influence early Monday morning in Jupiter.

Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, was taken into custody at 3 a.m. on Military Trail South of Indian Creek ParkwayPalm Beach County Jail records indicate Woods was released from custody at 10:50 a.m.


BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 

BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 
BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 

Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose on the 1st play-off hole to clinch TheMasters  after both ended on 9-under at Augusta 

Garcia secured his 1st major title after 73 attempts & joins Jose Maria Olazabal & Seve Ballesteros as the only Spanish winners TheMasters 


US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention

US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention
US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention

US MASTERS: We are all set for a mouth-watering final day at Augusta as Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose lead the way, ahead of American young guns Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Australia’s Adam Scott is right in the hunt, too, just three shots back.
LEADERBOARD: -6 Justin Rose; Sergio Garcia -5 Rickie Fowler -4 Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth -3 Adam Scott -2 Charl Schwartzel; -1 Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters; Others: +3 Day; +9 Leishman, Luck (A)


Johnson Injures Back On Day 1 of Masters 

According to Dustin Johnson’s agent, David Winkle at Hambric Sports, the following statement was released : 

“At roughly 3:00 pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home. He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably. He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.

“I will refrain from commenting further until I know more about Dustin’s condition.”


The Top Contenders for the 2017 Masters 

Dustin Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Rory McIlroy

Jason Day

Phil Mickelson

Jon Rahm


U.S Masters Build up

THE first major of the year is just around the corner as Augusta prepares to host the annual Masters tournament.
Brit’s Danny Willett is the current holder of the inaugural green jacket after pipping American Jordan Spieth to a heroic win last year.
Brit Danny Willett will be defending his Masters title on  Thursday

But the odds are stacked against him this year as there have only been three back-to-back winners in the tournament’s history in Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
Keep up with all the breaking news and action from Augusta with our live blog during Masters week
From Dustin Johnson to Phil Mickelson, here’s all the latest odds and predictions you need ahead of the Masters next Thursday.
Dustin Johnson heads into the betting market as favourite with Sun Bets at 5/1 to win the tournament.
The American is right at the top of his game having just won the WGC match play Championship.
He finished tied for fourth last year having been right in contention and looks likely to be right up in the mix once again.
Dustin Johnson has reinvented himself as a blissfully happy family man after a number of personal issues REX FEATURES


Dustin Johnson heads into the betting as strong favourite

Jordan Spieth always has a bright showing at Augusta and is joint second favourite at 7/1.
He demolished the field in 2015 to become the second-youngest person to win the Masters.
Rory McIlroy will rival Spieth at 7/1 but his form hasn’t been up to his usual high standards recently.


Sunshine Classic will see the Chase hotting up

A birdie-birdie finish for a fourth place finish in the Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Data Challenge pushed ‘comeback kid’ Kiran Matharu to the summit in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies standings on Sunday.

The 27-year-old English golfer will start the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, sponsored by Canon, at Glendower on Tuesday with just the slenderest of margins.

She is a mere 255 points ahead of South Africa’s Nicole Garcia, who triumphed at Fancourt, and she has less than a 300-point lead on another South African, Ashleigh Buhai, also a winner this season.

The Leeds golfer put her fans on notice with a top three finish in the season-opening SuperSport Ladies Challenge in early January. She steadily climbed the standings with a fistful of top five finishes before she claimed a magnificent wire-to-wire victory in the Ladies Tshwane Open to pronounce herself a top contender for the R1-million season-finale at Millvale Private Retreat in March.

Even if Matharu surrenders the top spot at Glendower Golf Club, the last seven weeks in South Africa have reshaped Matharu’s career.

She had a long list of achievements as a junior and backed up a victory in the Faldo Series with the English Ladies Amateur Championship title before she joined the pro ranks in 2006.

She won the Volvo Cross Country Challenge – an order of merit based on results in the Scandinavian TPC, SAS Masters, Finnair Masters and Nykredit Masters – in her second season and kept her card going until her career hit the skids and she lost her tour status completely in 2012.

A series of injuries that led to a loss of form and confidence and even a bout of the yips left the poster girl for Asian golf at a crossroads, but Matharu was not ready to except defeat.

Thanks to a cricket physiotherapist, her swing issues was finally diagnosed. Matharu’s problems stemmed from locked hips, but with long hours working on the game, a lot of hard graft in the gym, physiotherapy and her unwavering believe that she could turn things around, she has come full circle.

A tie for third at the WPGA International Challenge, a tie for seventh on the LETAS Tour and ninth in the Hero Women’s Indian Open last year signalled a return to form.

And here, on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Matharu is getting back to her best. Buhai won the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Glendower in 2014 and Garcia scored her maiden breakthrough at the BMW SA Open venue in 2015. Both players will be hunting repeat success, but the pair agree that Matharu is becoming tougher to beat.

‘Kiran has just stronger and better each week and she’ll want to protect that number one spot at all cost,’ said Buhai, who missed the R500 000 showpiece in George last week for the LPGA Tour’s Australian Women’s Open.

‘I played with Kiran in the final round of the Ladies Tshwane Open and I know she will be tough to beat and she is a very hard opponent, because she never lets up.’

Garcia believes Matharu has the form and determination to go all the way to the finish line.

‘She definitely has the game and the experience and she’s shown week in, week out that she is a top contender,’ said the Benoni golfer.

‘That’s what makes this year’s Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies so exciting. Kiran is an iron lady, Ash is coming into really great form and I’m so confident after the win in George. With Lee-Anne Pace and Carrie Park out of the country, this week is going to be a huge battle between the three of us.’

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Tiger Woods: Injuries and operations mean I’ll never feel great

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ last major championship win was the US Open in 2008

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods says he will “never feel great” again because of the number of injuries suffered during his career.
Woods, 41, pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic before the second round this month because of a back spasm.
He only returned to action in December after two back operations.
“There were a lot of times I didn’t think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal,” Woods told Dubai magazine Vision.
Woods’ first return to competitive action after a 15-month lay-off came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event.
He hopes to compete in the Masters at Augusta from 6-9 April.
“There have been plenty of times when I thought I would never play the game again at the elite level,” added Woods, who has won 79 titles on the PGA Tour.
“It was tough, it was more than brutal. There were times I needed help just to get out of bed.
“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.
“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that.”
Woods has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.
“There is a changing of the guard,” he said. “My generation is getting older but if I’m teeing up then the goal is to win.”


Rory McIlroy Is Out Here Hanging Out With Lions

Rory McIlroy doesn’t just lounge by the pool during his vacations. (At least not on all of his vacations.)
According to McIlroy’s Twitter feed, he’s spending some of his offseason in South Africa — and with wild animals.
McIlroy tweeted on Sunday night: “We’ve had a trip of a lifetime to @londolozi over the last few days. This big guy came to say hello last night!!”
Londolozi, according to its Twitter bio, is a private game reserve in South Africa. McIlroy was apparently along for a tour, and the video he tweeted proves he got a close-up view of the king of the jungle. You can check out the video below. Just don’t get too close.
Mcilroy is in South Africa for the SA Open which tees off on Thursday at Glendower Golf Club.


Nedbank Golf Challenge 

Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview

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The Nedbank Golf Challenge – affectionately known as Africa’s Major – was first held at Sun City in 1981 when Johnny Miller bagged $500 000 for his 11-under par victory.
Back then the tournament didn’t enjoy official status and was held at the end of the PGA and European Tour seasons to allow the best players in the world to accept invitations to join the elite field of 12 during the South African summer.
Three things attracted big international stars to South Africa – exclusivity, the big prize money and the sunny weather. The tournament, however, has evolved over many years. There were the ‘Million Dollar’ days when the tournament boasted the biggest winners’ cheque in the world, and when other tournaments caught up the prize was upped to $2 million.
In 2013 the field was expanded to 30 players as the tournament joined the Sunshine Tour and European Tour calendars. This year, though, the tournament has been added to the European Tour Play-offs (The Race to Dubai) series of three tournaments – Turkish Airlines Open (won by Thorbjorn Oleson), Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The field has been expanded to 72 and will consist mostly of the top 64 available players from the current year Race to Dubai standings. The remainder of the field will consist of the defending champion, previous winners of the Sunshine Tour order of merit as well as tournament invitations.
Australia’s Marc Leishman is the defending champion after he defeated Henrik Stenson by six strokes for a 19-under par victory last year.
The tournament was last won by a South African in 2007 when Trevor Immelman lifted the coveted trophy. There are nine South Africans in the field this year: Thomas Aiken, George Coetzee, Retief Goosen, Brandon Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Richard Sterne, Brandon Steone and Jaco van Zyl.
72 players from 22 different countries

56 European Tour winners

12 Ryder Cup players

61 per cent of the field will be making their tournament debut

23 winners this season

42 of the top 50 in The Race to Dubai

4 former European Number Ones
Henrik Stenson (2013)

Martin Kaymer (2010)

Padraig Harrington (2006)

Retief Goosen (2001, 2002)

All 5 multiple winners this season
Henrik Stenson

Danny Willett

Charl Schwartzel

Jeunghun Wang

Alex Noren

4 former winners of the Nedbank Golf Challenge
Retief Goosen (2004)

Henrik Stenson (2008)

Martin Kaymer (2012)

Danny Willett (2014)

7 Major winners with 11 titles between them
Padraig Harrington (3)

Martin Kaymer, Retief Goosen (2 each)

Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett (1 each)

1 former World Number One
Martin Kaymer


Ryder Cup 2016: United States beat Europe 17-11 to regain trophy at Hazeltine

The United States dominated the final-day singles to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, beating Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine.
Trailing 9½-6½ after the first two days, Europe looked set for a Medinah-style comeback when they led in seven of the 12 singles matches.
But the hosts turned the tide, Patrick Reed defeating Rory McIlroy in an epic tussle for the first of seven US wins.
Ryan Moore beat Lee Westwood on the 18th green for the decisive point.

Ryder Cup 2016: Best shots of singles

It was a particularly sweet victory for US captain Davis Love, who was in charge four years ago at Medinah when Europe won despite being 10-4 down on the second afternoon.
For Europe, who failed in their bid to win the Cup for an unprecedented fourth successive time, Darren Clarke will come under the sort of scrutiny associated with a losing skipper.
Captain’s picks Martin Kaymer and Westwood played on Saturday afternoon despite poor first days, while three rookies – Matt Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan – played in only one session before the singles, the latter not seen after Friday’s foursomes.
However, Clarke could have no control over the Americans’ superior putting on Sunday, the whitewash the US handed out in the first foursomes or the fact that all 12 of the US team delivered a point while four Europeans drew blanks.
Reed-McIlroy lives up to billing

‘Ding dong’ battle between Rory McIlroy & Patrick Reed

The tussle between Reed and McIlroy, the first of the 12 matches, was most eagerly anticipated not only because it pitted both team’s animated talisman against the other, but because it was deemed likely to set the tone for the rest of the day.
It exceeded expectations on a raucous, emotionally charged front nine of the highest quality.
At one point, both men were five under after the first eight holes, each playing to the ravenous crowd – Reed bowing, McIlroy cupping his ear and shouting “I can’t hear you”.
The highlight came when McIlroy holed a 60-foot birdie putt on the eighth and, when Reed followed him in from 25 feet for a sensational half, the two shared a fist-bump.
But that was the signal for the quality to drop and a McIlroy bogey on 12 followed by a Reed birdie on 16 left the American two up with two to play.
McIlroy managed to take it down to the last, but Reed’s approach to five feet was enough to seal victory and begin the United States’ march to only a third Ryder Cup win since 1993.
Tom Fordyce: Too few Europeans deserved to win

Ryder Cup final scores

I would not change anything – Clarke

Willett defends brother’s comments

Mickelson and Garcia lead supporting cast
Behind the opening match, Europe were making inroads – Henrik Stenson beat an out-of-sorts Jordan Spieth 3&2, Rafa Cabrera-Bello again impressed in beating Jimmy Walker 3&2 while Belgian Thomas Pieters became the first rookie to register four points with a 3&2 win over JB Holmes.
And, in an incredible battle between Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, the Spaniard somehow managed to claim a half in a classic battle.
The left-handed American, playing in his 11th Ryder Cup but looking for only a third US victory, was inspired, putting his way to 10 birdies.
Garcia, though, nervelessly putted for birdie on both the 17th and 18th after seeing Mickelson hole to ensure the match ended all-square – taking into account concessions, both men carded nine-under-par rounds of 63.
Europe’s lower order overwhelmed
Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore was a wildcard pick and was embraced by Davis Love after sealing the winning point

Clarke had front-loaded his singles order, hoping his most in-form players could reduce the deficit and provide the sort of momentum that those at the bottom of the card could feed off.
His plan worked to a degree – by taking three points from the first five, Europe at one point cut the deficit to 10½-9½.
But Europe’s final six, including four rookies, were overwhelmed, taking just a point between them.
Moore needed only to deliver a half but took his match with Westwood on the final green, after being two down with three to play, sealing the Ryder Cup when three matches were still on the course.
When it was all over, the US had their biggest margin of victory in 35 years.
‘We have been kicked around’ – what they said
Europe captain Darren Clarke on BBC Radio 5 live: “I wouldn’t have changed anything. I have spoken about this already to my vice-captains and we were confident. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but even with that we wouldn’t have made any changes.”
USA captain Davis Love on Sky Sports: “We have been criticised for eight or 10 years for not coming together. We have been kicked around for so long. You keep losing and you feel like you have to do something different. We all said we are going to do whatever it takes.”
USA vice-captain Jim Furyk: “We have had our struggles and Europe has got the best of us over the past 20 years – these guys played beautifully all week. It is easy to put pressure on yourself but this group did an amazing job and we’re looking to the future.”
USA’s Jordan Spieth: “We did this for the captain, he had a tough go four years ago. The Europeans put up an unbelievable fight. I’m blessed to be a part of this incredible team and hopefully a change in the future of the Ryder Cup.”
USA celebrate

The USA celebrated winning the Ryder Cup for only the third time in 23 years 


Former Sports Minister dies at age 71 

The former ambassador‚ Cabinet minister and Eastern Cape premier has died at the age of 72, the cause of death if not clear at this stage
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ARNOLD Makhenkesi Stofile‚ former ambassador‚ Cabinet minister and Eastern Cape premier has died at the age of 72.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the provincial leadership of the ANC was on their way to his home in Alice.
“The provincial leadership is on the way to his home and we will release a statement as soon as we get a confirmation from the family‚” said Kodwa.
It was not clear at this stage what the cause of death was.
Stofile was born on December 27 1944‚ in the Winterberg District of Adelaide‚ Eastern Cape.
He entered politics in 1963 as a member of the African Students’ Association‚ an ANC front organisation‚ but came to the fore on the political front only when he became the regional secretary and a member of the national executive committee of the United Democratic Front (UDF) between 1983 and 1986.
Stofile obtained a masters of arts degree from Princeton University in the US in 1983.
He was awarded a DPhil (honoris causa , or an honorary degree) by the University of Port Elizabeth in 2000.
He became a key person in the establishment and development of the UDF in the Border region.
In 1991‚ he was elected as a member of the NEC of the ANC‚ becoming its treasurer-general in 1994.
In 1994‚ he became a member of parliament as well as the chief whip of the ANC in Parliament. Stofile was the chairman of the ANC in the Eastern Cape from 1996.
He was re-appointed as treasurer general of the ANC in 1995‚ a post he held until 1997‚ when he became premier of the Eastern Cape until 2004. In 2004‚ he was appointed to the Cabinet as minister of sport and recreation‚ a post he held until 2010.

“We have called on the sports administrators to sacrifice a little bit in terms of wanting to win, because even when we field these lily white times, we lose. We need to look at the broader values of a broader South African nation that’s is proud at participating in the International fraternity. That is what is transformation.” – rev Makhenkesi Stofile

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