I may be picking at straws here but in a disappointing weekend for the British golfers, David Horsey seemed keen to keep the theme of the week going putting himself at the top of the leaderboard after the first day in Pretoria.
His second day was not so strong, but he and fellow Brit Craig Lee, were in a six-way tie for the lead going into Sunday on nine-under. Neither could push on further on the last day, with Lee shooting level-par and Horsey carding a round of plus-three with five bogeys and a double bogey.
Some of the bigger names, the likes of Andy Sullivan and last week’s winner Matt Ford failed to make the weekend, along with Simon Dyson who had a disastrous two days concluding Friday with a score of seven-over-par and on ten-over overall.
Englishman Robert Rock completed his four days strong though, finishing on seven-under in eighth position.
Ross Fisher’s efforts to retain his title were futile, he struggled to keep up with the front-runners through the weekend, he shot a solid round of three-under on the first two days but his third round of four-over put him way back in the field on two-over. Not giving him much chance on the final day.
Especially considering the rounds of the leaders South Africa’s Coetzee and Blaauw on the final day, Fisher would have had to shoot a round of 14-under to tie with the winner.
The European Tour comes back to Europe next week, and the prospective GB golfers will be hoping for a better round under the Portuguese sun.