South Africa’s Retief Goosen and Tim Clark top the field in the 100th playing of the South African Open starting Thursday. Goosen won in 1995 at Randpark and 2006 at The Links at Fancourt. Clark won in 2002 and 2005, both at Durban. … First played in 1893, the tournament is the second oldest national championship behind the British Open (1860). It is being played at Durban Country Club for the record 17th time. … South African star Ernie Els, the 1992, ’96, ’98 and ’06 winner, is skipping the event. … Schwartzel has wrapped up the Sunshine Tour money title with $677,236. … Gary Player won a record 13 times, the first in 1956 and last in 1981. … The tournament is the second event of the European tour’s “2011” schedule. After a two-week break, the two tours will resume play with the Africa Open at East London in Eastern Cape.
Site: Durban, South Africa.
Course: Durban Country Club (6,733 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.32 million. Winner’s share: $208,330.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: Scotland’s Richie Ramsay won at Pearl Valley, beating India’s Shiv Kapur with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Spain’s Pablo Martin successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship title at Leopard Creek, edging Thorbjorn Olesen, Charl Schwartzel and Anthony Michael by two strokes.