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Golf | SA

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No clear favourite for Invitational



According to tournament director Theo Manyama, the Gary Player Invitational Pro-am at Zimbali Country Club in Durban will have no clear favourite.

With just six professional golfers playing, including four senior pros, the event will be up for grabs for any group playing in the event for charity.

“We've got one tour pro only in Tim Clark,” said Manyama on Friday.

“He's the only player from the regular tour. The rest of the pros are from the senior tour and champions tour and ladies tour.”

However, the list of senior pros, with host Gary Player, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam, and Roger Chapman, have notable victories to their credit.

“All of them have won tournaments. It's a good field... I can't think of one of them that hasn't won a tournament, and then you have Gary who was won more of them combined probably.

“Any group can win, it will be difficult to pick a group."

Manyama explained that Clark is not known for being long off the tee and will not have a major advantage with the tee positions.

“Most of the tees on the front, Tim will be teeing off at the back. It's only on the back that Tim is teeing up alongside with the seniors. Tim is a good player, but then again, he's not that long so it balances well.”

The 36-hole event, with a field mixed with sports professionals, will be a fourball alliance with two scores to count.

In 2011, the event included a betterball medal competition combing tour professionals and senior professionals, but this edition - with two tour professional in the field - meant the format could not be played.

The course according to Manyama will not be too challenging for the majority of the field.

“Here they've maintained the course so well and because it's a charity tournament, it's not like a Championship tournament, I'm setting the course up normal.

“Nothing difficult. I want the people to come out and enjoy themselves. Those who really struggle, it will have to be tough luck but I've set it up nice and easy.”

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