South African Open R1

Johannes Veerman out in front in Johannesburg

January 09-12
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
ZAR 17,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


American Johannes Veerman shot a bogey-free, nine-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead at the South African Open in Johannesburg.


Veerman carded nine birdies, seven of which came on the back nine, to claim a one-stroke advantage over South Africa’s JC Ritchie and Italian Nino Bertasio at Randpark Golf Club.

Home favourite Branden Grace was one shot further back, in a group of six players on seven under which included two more South Africans in Toto Thimba Jnr and Rourke Van Der Spuy.

Chilean Matias Calderon, England’s Sam Horsfield and Greek Peter Karmis also shot 64s.


Veerman’s round on the Bushwillow Course – one of two courses being used in the event – was his lowest on the European Tour and continued a remarkable run that began at Qualifying School last autumn.

The 27-year-old looked like missing out on a card when he sat five over after two rounds but then scores of 67, 67, 66 and 66 saw him claim a place on tour. He has since secured two top-10 finishes in three events.

Veerman told europeantour.com: “I’ve been practising really hard over the last six or seven months and I’ve been getting better. To come out and start 2020 playing like this gives me a lot of confidence.

“It is only the first round but it is a step in the correct direction.”

Veerman played a steady opening nine with birdies at the second and fifth before bursting into life with three more in succession from the 10th.

That took him into a share of the lead and he then moved clear by birdying his last four holes.


Bertasio drew level with an eagle on the 17th but then a poor tee shot led to a bogey at the last. Ritchie also played bogey free and finished strongly with birdies on the 17th and 18th.

Grace’s 64 was the lowest round of the day on the Firethorn Course.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
VEERMAN, Johannes
-9
62
2
BERTASIO, Nino
-8
63
RITCHIE, JC
-8
63
4
THIMBA JNR, Toto
-7
64
HORSFIELD, Sam
-7
64
VAN DER SPUY, Rourke
-7
64
GRACE, Branden
-7
64
CALDERON, Matias
-7
64
KARMIS, Peter
-7
64
10
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-6
65
10
MICHELUZZI, David
-6
65
OOSTHUIZEN, Louis
-6
65
SCHAPER, Jayden Trey (AM)
-6
65
PULKKANEN, Tapio
-6
65
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-6
65
FISHER JNR, Trevor
-6
65
HALL, Harry
-6
65
BALDWIN, Matthew
-6
65
COETZEE, George
-6
65
WINTHER, Jeff
-6
65
21
KRUYSWIJK, Jacques
-5
66
SYME, Connor
-5
66
OTTO, Hennie
-5
66
GEERTS, Philip
-5
66
AHLERS, Jaco
-5
66
21
LEE, Min Woo
-5
66
VILJOEN, MJ
-5
66
DU PLESSIS, CJ
-5
66
DE SMIDT, Ruan
-5
66
ROHWER, Martin
-5
66
SULLIVAN, Andy
-5
66
ROZNER, Antoine
-5
66
SIEM, Marcel
-5
66
34
VALIMAKI, Sami
-4
67
WILLIAMS, Mark
-4
67
STRYDOM, Jean-Paul
-4
67
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-4
67
LAWRENCE, Thriston
-4
67
SENIOR, Jack
-4
67
GREENE, Daniel
-4
67
DU PLESSIS, Hennie
-4
67
NETHUNZWI, Musiwalo
-4
67
JERLING, Luke
-4
67
DE VILLIERS, Jacques P
-4
67
CROCKER, Sean
-4
67
FELTON, Jarryd
-4
67
47
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-3
68
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-3
68
SADDIER, Adrien
-3
68
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-3
68
PAISLEY, Chris
-3
68
DE JAGER, Louis
-3
68
GUERRIER, Julien
-3
68
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-3
68
FARR, Oliver
-3
68
JARVIS, Casey (AM)
-3
68
BREMNER, Merrick
-3
68
NORRIS, Shaun
-3
68
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-3
68
DINGLE, Wynand
-3
68
GREEN, Gavin
-3
68
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
-3
68
DETRY, Thomas
-3
68
BURMESTER, Dean
-3
68
McGUIGAN, Doug
-3
68
NGCOBO, Thabiso
-3
68
BOON, Caylum
-3
68
68
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-2
69
SURRY, Steve
-2
69
WEARS-TAYLOR, Stefan
-2
69
TREE, Toby
-2
69
KOK, Dylan
-2
69
CAIRNS, Ryan
-2
69
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-2
69
McGOWAN, Ross
-2
69
VAN TONDER, Daniel
-2
69
HARDING, Justin
-2
69
DE DECKER, Andre
-2
69
BLAAUW, Jacques
-2
69
HORNE, Keith
-2
69
SCHIETEKAT, Neil
-2
69
DRYSDALE, David
-2
69
ROUSSEL, Robin
-2
69
POKE, Benjamin
-2
69
DUMINY, Jordan (AM)
-2
69
YOUNG, Daniel
-2
69
DREYER, Juran
-2
69
RUMFORD, Brett
-2
69
ENOCH, Rhys
-2
69
VAN DER MERWE, Peetie
-2
69
REDMAN, Jake
-2
69
LOMBARD, Zander
-2
69
PREMLALL, Yurav (AM)
-2
69
DA SILVA, Adilson
-2
69
WRIGHT, Basil
-2
69
96
BASSON, Christiaan
-1
70
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-1
70
MAZIBUKO, Makhetha
-1
70
CONRADIE, Ruan
-1
70
WARREN, Marc
-1
70
KARLSSON, Anton
-1
70
JACQUELIN, Raphaël
-1
70
GERMISHUYS, Deon
-1
70
BARKER, Kyle
-1
70
FROM, Fredrik
-1
70
WALTERS, Justin
-1
70
STONE, Brandon
-1
70
ERIKSSON, Philip
-1
70
FICHARDT, Darren
-1
70
REBULA, Jovan (AM)
-1
70
SANTOS, Ricardo
-1
70
MICHAEL, Anthony
-1
70
HANNA, Chase
-1
70
WHITNELL, Dale
-1
70
LAMPRECHT, Christo (AM)
-1
70
HUIZING, Daan
-1
70
WRISDALE, Jordan
-1
70
FERREIRA, Stephen
-1
70
PETERSEN, Derick
-1
70
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
-1
70
SIMONSEN, Martin
-1
70
BOURDY, Grégory
-1
70
KRUGER, Jbe
-1
70
KEUN, Duane
-1
70
HIGGO, Garrick
-1
70
HUGO, Jean
-1
70
CAYEUX, Marc
-1
70
VAN ROOYEN, Erik
-1
70
KAWAMURA, Masahiro
-1
70
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-1
70
PORTEOUS, Haydn
-1
70
BLAND, Richard
-1
70
VAN DER KNAAP, Andrew
-1
70
VAN ZYL, Jaco
-1
70
KARLBERG, Rikard
-1
70
LONG, Hurly
-1
70
BROWN, Luke
-1
70
138
VORSTER, Martin (AM)
PAR
71
SMIT, Combrinck
PAR
71
WOOD, Chris
PAR
71
SJÖHOLM, Joel
PAR
71
STERNE, Richard
PAR
71
COUPLAND, Dave
PAR
71
LAPORTA, Francesco
PAR
71
BEZUIDENHOUT, Christiaan
PAR
71
KINGSTON, James
PAR
71
HOWELL, David
PAR
71
BEKKER, Oliver
PAR
71
MULROY, Garth
PAR
71
MORRISON, James
PAR
71
PORTEOUS, Garrick
PAR
71
HAIG, Anton
PAR
71
SORDET, Clément
PAR
71
EASTON, Bryce
PAR
71
PETERSSON, Robin
PAR
71
DU PREEZ, James Hart
PAR
71
AGREN, Jonathan
PAR
71
PALMER, Michael G
PAR
71
HEISELE, Sebastian
PAR
71
DONALDSON, Jamie
PAR
71
PURCELL, Conor
PAR
71
DE KOCK, Allister
PAR
71
GAVINS, Daniel
PAR
71
164
MOWAT, Callum
1
72
VAN WYK, Keelan
1
72
LOUBSER, Herman
1
72
NEL, Andre
1
72
VAN DER MERWE, Bennie
1
72
CONRADIE, Estiaan
1
72
VAN AS, Merrick (AM)
1
72
MUTHIYA, Madalitso
1
72
ROOS, Jake
1
72
EVANS, Ben
1
72
PERRIER, Damien
1
72
KAMTE, James
1
72
GANDY, Tom
1
72
NORTJE, Riekus
1
72
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
1
72
BOSHOFF, Paul
1
72
LIMA, José-Filipe
1
72
NIENABER, Wilco
1
72
LAW, David
1
72
STRYDOM, Ockie
1
72
FERGUSON, Ewen
1
72
HAVRET, Grégory
1
72
ALBERTSE, Louis
1
72
187
MANCHEST, Franklin
2
73
HAINDL, Alex
2
73
POONAN, Adriel
2
73
LEMKE, Niklas
2
73
SCHMITT, Max
2
73
DIXON, David
2
73
TIPPING, Ryan
2
73
CANTER, Laurie
2
73
BESSELING, Wil
2
73
SCHWARTZEL, Charl
2
73
PEPPERELL, Eddie
2
73
SLATTERY, Lee
2
73
ZEMMER, Aron
2
73
NAIDOO, Dylan
2
73
MCINTYRE, David
2
73
PRINSLOO, Jaco
2
73
LUPINI, Roberto
2
73
BEZUIDENHOUT, Theunis
2
73
205
HESS, Jacquin
3
74
GAUCHE, Teaghan
3
74
SHINKWIN, Callum
3
74
VAN WYK, Kieron (AM)
3
74
SWANEPOEL, Chris
3
74
CANNON, Christopher
3
74
BASSON, Dwayne
3
74
HOWIE, Craig
3
74
BRUINERS, Heinrich
3
74
MATUS, Stanislav
3
74
DAVIDSE, Keenan
3
74
MCEVOY, Richard
3
74
217
MCCLATCHIE, Kyle
4
75
217
MOGAPI, Terence
4
75
217
WILSNACH, Quintin
4
75
217
PIGEM, Carlos
4
75
217
ROWE, Lyle
4
75
217
GROENEWALD, Vaughn
4
75
217
SENEKAL, JJ
4
75
217
SANDBORG, Jesper
4
75
217
MOOLMAN, Pieter
4
75
226
COETSEE, Wallie
5
76
226
DE BEER, Kyle (AM)
5
76
226
FOSTER, Gerrit
5
76
226
AFRICA, Keelan
5
76
226
MOSTERT, Dylan
5
76
231
MOORE, Titch
6
77
MANSFIELD, Clayton
6
77
GROBLER, Clinton
6
77
SIMPSON, Samuel (AM)
6
77
ALLAN, James
6
77
236
GROENEWALD, Coert
7
78
237
ESAU, Cameron
8
79
STAL, Gary
8
79
FOLLETT-SMITH, Benjamin
8
79
240
RYAN, Tyrone
10
81