PGA Champs wide open

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

South Africa's second oldest professional golf tournament, the Telkom PGA Championship, is likely to produce a new winner when it tees off at the Woodmead Course at Johannesburg Country Club today.

With its history dating back to 1923, this R2,5million event has a tradition of breeding future world golfing greats with a list of past champions that includes Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Nick Price, Mark McNulty and David Frost.

It comes second after the South African Open which, along with the South African Masters, forms the country's three majors.

With a field of 156 players and a massive representation of blacks, this event has top names on the Sunshine Tour, which include James Kingston who won two events this year, defending champion Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and the adorable James Kamte.

Kamte, the 25-year-old from Queenstown, continues to raise eyebrows in golfing circles. He scored a breakthrough victory in the Dimension Data Pro-Am and came back home with a third place finish from the Indonesian Open at the weekend.

Kamte is bound to display the form he showed at Jakarta and is a hot tip for this event.

Another golfer with a good start to the season is Omar Sandys, who finished 10th in the Di-Data Pro-Am at Sun City and 22nd in the Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun.

It could be a week for a youngster to break through - the likes of rookie Prinavan Nelson, who is 76th on the order of merit.

Other promising golfers include Teboho Sefatsa, Thabang Simon, Toto Thimba, Lindani Ndwandwe, John Bele and Irvin Mosate.