While the Australian PGA Championship will rightly dominate the headlines at home this week, nine Australian golfers will have a big opportunity to advance their careers in South Africa.
The European Tour co-sanctions both the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort and the Sunshine Tour's Alfred Dunhill tournament and some of this nation's up and coming players will be at Leopard Creek Country Club vying for the €1.2 million purse this week.
Several places in the field in South Africa were made available to Australians under an arrangement between the Sunshine Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
Nine locals opted to take up places in the field led by one of the form players of 2016 Tim Hart.
Hart has been in good form all season with three top-3 finishes on the PGA Tour of Australasia and will be hoping to take that form to South Africa.
After finishing T3 at the Victorian PGA Championship in February Hart then had a dramatic runner-up finish at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA in March.
While he missed an opportunity to both post a victory and shoot a record 58 at the City golf Club in Toowoomba, the disappointment only seemed to fuel the 27-year-old.
Another T3 result at the inaugural NT PGA came in the midst of making nine straight cuts to finish the Australian season.
Hart will be joined in South Africa by Western Australia's Braden Becker, who was born in South Africa, as well as Ben Wharton and Jason King.
Also in the field are Sydney siders Ryan Bernard and Dale Brandt Richards and Alex Pitty from the NSW Central Coast.
Clayton Bridges and DJ Loypur round out the Australian challenge.
In a strong field that includes major winners Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel the experience of the week ahead will be an important one in the careers of all nine Australian players teeing up.
The Sunshine Tour boasts some excellent local talent and the opportunity to measure themselves against golfers of an international caliber won't be lost on them.
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