The restrictions – on the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 – imposed by the government of South Africa on events and spectators cause another tournament of the European Tour to be skipped.
Nedbank Golf Challenge cancelled
The Nedbank Golf Challenge, originally scheduled from 11 to November 14 in Sun City, was canceled from the 2021 calendar of the top European men’s circuit. The 40th edition of the event will therefore be played, health emergency permitting, in 2022.
In Wales, Nacho Elvira, with a total score of 268 (64 67 66 71, -16) strokes – and a par on the first hole of the Playoff against South African Justin Harding’s bogey – won the Cazoo Open golf tournament. European Tour supported by Gareth Bale, Tottenham footballer and great fan of the ‘green’.
In Newport, on the Celtic Manor Resort course (par 71), home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Spaniard Elvira after 195 races managed to celebrate her first career title on the top continental circuit. An exploit arrived at the last breath after the 34-year-old from Madrid in the last act of the competition managed to waste a 6-stroke advantage accumulated after the ‘moving day’ against four pursuers (including Harding). For the Iberian, who finished the last lap in 71 (par), five bogeys (of which one at the first hole and the last at the 18 which risked paying dearly) and as many birdies. But, in the play-off, a bogey from Harding (which until then had been flawless thanks to a bogey free trial with 6 birdies) opened the doors to success. After the four highs on the Challenge Tour (the last in 2015), Elvira signed the first seal on the Eurotour, regaining the victory six years after the last time (Rolex Trophy). Third place with 269 (-15) for the Finnish Mikko Korhonen, 4 / o with 270 (-14) for the English Callum Shinkwin.
But in Wales the show was double and social inclusion was also on the field with the blue golfer Tommaso Perrino (who in 2020 crowned the dream of playing the Italian Open alongside many golf greats), disabled player, who finished second in the EDGA Cazoo Open. With a score of 153 (79 74, +11) hits the Livorno-born, in the event organized in collaboration between Edga and Eurotour, he positioned himself behind only Brendan Lawlor, champion with 146 (+4).