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Daniel Van Tonder

Daniel van Tonder
The 30-year-old South African knew about his Open Championship debut only on July 4 when he was called in as a replacement for Joo-hyung Kim.

Qualification

Daniel Van Tonder is exempt to play in Royal St George's

The 30-year-old South African knew about his Open Championship debut only on July 4 when he was called in as a replacement for Joo-hyung Kim.

That was based on his position at 77th on the world rankings, where he has been on a steady rise after starting last year not even in the leading 300.

Van Tonder won four times on his home Sunshine Tour in 2020 – all in the space of 10 weeks, in fact – and this March added the European Tour’s Kenya Savannah Classic by beating Jazz Janewattananond at the third hole of a play-off after they had both closed with rounds of 64.

It came two weeks after he was a runner-up at the Players Championship in Johannesburg, even though he started that sudden death shoot-out with an eagle. Jaco Prinsloo matched him and won two holes later.

A month later Van Tonder was involved in another play-off for the Limpopo Championship, Brandon Stone denying him there.

He is a seven-time Sunshine Tour winner in total, his first victory coming after a further play-off at the 2014 Investec Royal Swazi Open.

His first major appearance was May’s PGA Championship and he tied for 44th at Kiawah Island.

Qualification

Daniel Van Tonder is exempt to play in Royal St George's

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