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The Joburg Open got underway this morning with Executive Mayor, Mpho Parks Tau, hitting the Ceremonial tee shot at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in Linksfield North on a cloud Thursday morning.
Schwartzel and Sterne were paired this morning, as they teed off in the East Course. This is a very interesting pairing to watch during this year's tournament.

Now in its eighth year, the Joburg Open now forms part of The Open Qualifying Series. Three top finishers not already exempted will automatically qualify for the game's most prestigious Major - The Open Championship taking place at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in July.

Two hundred and ten (210) golfers will tee off in both the East and West Course, making this tournament the biggest in the world with prize money of 1.3 million Euros (about R 15m).

In 2005 the City of Johannesburg awarded its highest honour – The Freedom of the City - to the late Nelson Mandela. Therefore, this year as South Africa celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy, The City dedicates the tournament to aiding the fundraising efforts for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children Hospital. Both local and international players as well as members of the public are urged to make generous pledges and donations to assist in realising Madiba's dream.

The City is confident that golf players and members of the public will donate generously and give a hand in assisting children to get access to quality and specialised health care which will go a long way to build a healthy adult nation of the future.

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