Keenan Davidse dreaming of victory at home

In South Africa, the Italian golfers Matteo Manassero and Andrea Pavan concluded the first round of the Jonsson Workwear Open tied for 20th place with a score of 68 (-4), trailing the leaders

by Andrea Gussoni
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Keenan Davidse dreaming of victory at home
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In South Africa, the Italian golfers Matteo Manassero and Andrea Pavan concluded the first round of the Jonsson Workwear Open tied for 20th place with a score of 68 (-4), trailing the leaders, Spanish player Ivan Cantero and Keenan Davidse from Stellenbosch, who both shot 64 (-8) and are dreaming of victory in front of the home crowd.

Meanwhile, in Edenvale, a small town in Gauteng's East Rand, during the DP World Tour event, Manassero managed an eagle and three birdies with one bogey, while Pavan carded six birdies but also had two bogeys. Following closely behind them, Lorenzo Scalise finished 55th with a score of 70 (-2).

Jonsson Workwear Open, results

Francesco Laporta, however, finds himself lagging behind, in 94th place with an even-par score of 72. In the final event of the International Swing, offering a prize purse of 1,500,000 dollars, the two leaders face stiff competition from a trio of South Africans, all tied for third place with scores of 65 (-7): Thriston Lawrence, Oliver Bekker, and Louis De Jager, with Lawrence being one of the pre-tournament favorites.

On the Glendower GC course (par 72), another promising start came from their compatriot Robin Williams, who sits in 6th place with a score of 66 (-6) alongside three other competitors. Williams was also the runner-up last week in the SDC Championship after a playoff.

However, it was a disappointing start for Nick Bachem. The German, defending his title from 2023, finds himself in 130th place with a score of 74 (+2), putting him at risk of elimination. The European Tour was established by the Professional Golfers' Association, based in England, and its management responsibility was transferred to the independent organization PGA European Tour in 1984.

While most of the tournaments on the three European Tour circuits are held in Europe, in recent years there has been a growing number of events organized in other parts of the world. The PGA European Tour is an organization controlled by the players, with its primary purpose being to maximize the financial earnings of professional players participating in its tournaments.

It is a limited liability company managed by professionals but controlled by players through a board consisting of 12 members elected from both present and past players, along with a committee overseeing tournaments comprised of 14 active players.

Since 2007, Neil Coles has served as the chairman of the board, while Thomas Bjørn has been the committee chairman. Most tournaments are played in Western Europe, with the most lucrative events taking place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, and Spain.

Only one tournament is held in Eastern Europe beyond the old Iron Curtain, the Russian Open. Additionally, the PGA European Tour collaborates with the PGA of America to organize the Ryder Cup.

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