Stern defends SA Open title

Richard Sterne tees off at the 9th on the second day of the Nashua SA Masters golf tournament at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, Friday 04 February 2005. Sterne shot a second round of 64 to take the overnight lead on 8 under par, 3 shots clear of the rest of the field. Pic: Jon Hrusa.  © Sunday Times.
Richard Sterne tees off at the 9th on the second day of the Nashua SA Masters golf tournament at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, Friday 04 February 2005. Sterne shot a second round of 64 to take the overnight lead on 8 under par, 3 shots clear of the rest of the field. Pic: Jon Hrusa. © Sunday Times.

RICHARD Sterne, pictured, is back at the scene of his memorable triumph in last year's South African Open and is more determined than ever to take his game to the next level when he defends his title this week.

RICHARD Sterne, pictured, is back at the scene of his memorable triumph in last year's South African Open and is more determined than ever to take his game to the next level when he defends his title this week.

The first round of the tournament starts today and ends on Sunday at Pearl Valley Golf Estates in Western Cape.

Having taken up his place in South African golf history with victory in his national Open, Sterne is now focused on becoming a force at the highest level in the major championships.

"I had a taste of the majors last year. That's where I see myself and that's the goal. Winning majors is the next step. It's what we all play for and the road to that goal starts here at Pearl Valley this week," said Sterne, last year's winner of the order of merit, yesterday. - Sowetan

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