The European Tour remains in South Africa for one final event in 2015 – the Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club. England’s Ross Fisher is the defending champion.

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The European Tour remains in South Africa for one final event in 2015 – the Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club. England’s Ross Fisher is the defending champion.

There’s a new venue for this year’s Tshwane Open – the historic Pretoria Country Club in the suburb of Waterkloof. The club has a history dating back to 1910 and the golf course was redesigned by South African legend Gary Player in 2004. Pretoria has hosted several tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, but this will be the biggest event it has staged.

This will be just the third running of the Tshwane Open on the European Tour. The inaugural tournament was won in 2013 by home player Dawie Van Der Walt. Last season, England’s Ross Fisher played four steady rounds to take a fifth European Tour title, after almost four years without a win on Tour. Fisher is looking forward to defending his Tshwane Open crown.

“I’ve been in pretty decent form this season, I played really well in the Nedbank at the start of the season and then had some reasonable results in the Desert Swing at the beginning of the year,” he said. “After that I took some time off and am feeling nice and fresh now, so I’m going to Pretoria in pretty good shape, both mentally and physically.”

Many of the European Tour’s best have remained in the USA this week after last week’s WGC – Cadillac Championship. As such, this tournament provides an opportunity for some of the circuit’s lesser lights to shine. There’s also an opportunity for players from South Africa’s Sunshine Tour to make an impact.

Having said that, there are some quality players in the field at the Pretoria Country Club. England’s Andy Sullivan will be looking for a third win on South African soil having already won the South African Open Championship and Joburg Open this season.

Other big names on the start sheet include 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and Italy’s Matteo Manassero.