They will be up against George Coetzee, Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy and Simon Dyson who will be looking to be the first English to win the coveted cup.
Welshman Stephen Dodd, England’s John Parry and Nick Dougherty, Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl and Swede Oskar Henningsson are all European Tour champions are facing a trip to the Qualifying School next month unless they can find some form in the Serengeti.
“The South African Open has always been one of my favourite tournaments and I’m delighted to be coming back,” said Goosen.
“When I won in 1995, I was 26 and it was one of the proudest moments of my career. There is something indescribable about winning your national Open. That second win was just as sweet. It felt great winning again on home soil and having the SA Open trophy in my hands again.
“Ernie and I have had an interesting rivalry in the South African Open over the years. It’s something I’m particularly proud of, that we can produce our best golf against each other in our national Open.
“It is important for the South African fans as well as the tournament, which is one of the oldest in world golf and one which we as South African professionals are very proud of.”
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