Less than 36 hours after the conclusion of Kenya’s nationwide open, the European Tour‘s African double continues with the Savannah Classic.
Played on the similar Nairobi venue, Karen Country Club, and with nearly an equivalent discipline, this week’s occasion will begin unusually on Tuesday and finish on Friday.
This would be the third time over the last eight Covid-ravaged months by which the European Tour has staged consecutive occasions on the similar venue.
In August, there have been back-to-back tournaments at Celtic Manor, whereas Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus loved two straight weeks of Tour motion throughout autumn.
In November’s Aphrodite Hills Showdown, Robert MacIntyre tasted victory simply days after standing on the rostrum on the Cyprus Open.
However, two months earlier, Romain Langasque gained the Wales Open having been absent from the Celtic Classic the earlier week.
And younger Finn Sami Valimaki completed second within the Wales Open, seven days after tieing-for sixth within the Celtic Classic.
Good present kind actually stays necessary, though the large distinction in Kenya is the a lot shorter restoration time between occasions.
Those who have been contenders at Karen Country Club over the weekend could also be at a slight drawback within the Savannah Classic due to the extra psychological fatigue they are going to have skilled down the stretch.
Perhaps those that completed strongly within the Kenya Open, with out ever actually contending for the title, will likely be greatest positioned mentally to pounce this coming week with the match beginning Tuesday.
Among this group are South African Jacques Kruyswijk and the aforementioned Frenchman Langasque who tied-fifth.
Kruyswijk closed 65-64, which made it three straight top-12 finishes from as many begins this yr.
Langasque, in the meantime, has now completed contained in the top-six in all three of his begins at Karen Country Club.
One different South African to control is 21-year-old Garrick Higgo who posted 4 sub-70 rounds final week and will very effectively return to world’s high 100 anytime quickly.
Sam Horsfield, who tied-eighth on Sunday, gained two hastily-arranged occasions of comparable high quality final summer season and will definitely really feel adequate to make it a European Tour hat-trick within the house of eight months.
Last week’s ‘high seed’ Aaron Rai by no means actually obtained going however closed with a 66 to sneak into the top-25.
The Englishman, who gained a prestigious Rolex Series occasion in Scotland final October, will likely be anticipating larger issues this coming week and there is a sturdy probability he’ll ship.
Finally, Guido Migliozzi – winner at Karen two years in the past – tied-for-Twelfth on Sunday after making a sluggish begin to the match.
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