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The Open Championship: All the South Africans in the field

Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland will host the year’s final major, The 148th Open Championship, from Thursday 18 July.

A total of 11 South Africans have been included in an illustrious field including two former winners of the Claret Jug.

SA entrants into the Open Championship

Zander Lombard (24)

The winner of the Sunshine Tour order of merit is the youngest South African in the Open Championship field.

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Zander Lombard of South Africa acknowledges the crowd on the ninth hole during Day Four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club on July 07, 2019 in Lahinch, Ireland. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Brandon Stone (26)

26-year-old Stone earned his place at the Open in the 2018 Race to Dubai, his best-ever finish in the major was his 61st place in the 2018 event.

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Brandon Stone of South Africa lines up his putt on the 18th green during Day 2 of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club on July 12, 2019 in North Berwick, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (25)

Bezuidenhout made headlines with his maiden tour win in Andalucia and it also earned him a spot in the Open field.

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South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout at the Andalucia Masters, Photo: IGT Golf / Twitter

Shaun Norris (37)

Norris returns to the Open after being paired with Tiger Woods at Carnoustie in 2018.

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Tiger Woods of the United States and Shaun Norris of South Africa acknowledge the crowd on the 18th hole during the third round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 21, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Dylan Frittelli (29)

Another first-time winner of the European tour in 2019. Frittelli won the John Deere Classic to earn entry into the Open.

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SILVIS, ILLINOIS – JULY 14: Dylan Frittelli of South Africa celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run on July 14, 2019 in Silvis, Illinois. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Erik van Rooyen (29)

Van Rooyen finished tied 17th in last year’s Open and qualified for this year’s edition courtesy of a top-five finish in the Race to Dubai order of Merit.

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Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa on the first tee during the third round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 21, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Branden Grace (31)

Grace was in the hunt for the 2017 Open, his tied sixth place is still the closest the 67th ranked golfer in the world has come to winning a major.

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Branden Grace of South Africa plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Justin Harding (33)

Harding enjoyed fifteen minutes of fame earlier this year when he briefly held a clubhouse lead in the first round of the US Masters. He remains one of the most consistent SA performers in professional golf.

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Justin Harding of South Africa looks on during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen (36)

The 2010 winner would qualify by virtue of his World ranking but doesn’t need to as all winners under 60 are invited to compete.

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Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa kisses the Claret Jug after his seven-stroke victory at the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 18, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ernie Els (49)

Els turns 50 next year but he is back at the Open Championship. There won’t be too many backing him for a third Open but very few would have picked him as the winner in 2012.

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Ernie Els of South Africa poses with the Claret Jug after winning the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Richard Sterne (37)

Sterne earned his place by being in the top five in the 2019 Race to Dubai order of merit.

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Richard Sterne of South Africa plays an approach on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 14, 2019 in Bethpage, New York. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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