Brandon Stone

Comes from a strong golfing background – his father, Kevin, is an experienced Sunshine Tour player and the national coach for the South African amateur junior team, while his grandfather, Sam, also played for his country. Was earmarked as a future star early on during a stellar amateur career – particularly in the American collegiate ranks where he was named the 2013 NCAA Freshman of the Year while representing the University of Texas. Graduated from the Challenge Tour in 2015 and fulfilled his early promise when he made his European Tour breakthrough early in 2016, winning the BMW SA Open before adding a second title at the end of the year at Leopard Creek. Won his third European Tour title in style courtesy of a stunning final round of 60 – where he narrowly missed a putt for a 59 – at Gullane to clinch the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Counts Ernie Els as a close family friend and has frequently benefited from advice from the four-time Major winner.