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South Africa has consistently produced good golfers, and Ernie Els ranks among the best of them, one of seven South Africans to have won a major championship. "The Big Easy" is a four-time major winner, having captured the US Open and the oldest title of them all, The Open Championship, twice each.
For the golf enthusiast, South Africa is a wonderful destination - and that's an understatement. The country boasts an ideal climate for spending time out on the fairways under the bright African sun, and golfers here are blessed for choice.
Before Retief Goosen, before Ernie Els and before Gary Player there was another South African golfer who started the tradition of excellence among players of the southernmost country in Africa: Bobby Locke.
Horse racing is a popular sport in SA, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport enjoys a long and rich history in South Africa that can be traced back to 1797!
He was the shortest ever boxing world champion, and the only South African to win four world titles. But it was "Baby Jake" Matlala's heart that captured the imagination of the South African public.
At the height of his career, 'The Rose of Soweto' established himself as a charismatic, gifted boxer and a favourite of the South African public - and captured two world titles in the process.
South African tennis star Amanda Coetzer epitomised the saying: "Dynamite comes in small packages". She stands only 1.58 metres tall, but her heart was one of the biggest on the WTA Tour, and her never-say-die attitude reaped big rewards in a career that began back in 1988 and lasted 16 years.
Kelvin van der Linde, the reigning South African Volkswagen Cup champion, recently showed his class in testing for the 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Championship in Germany. The 16-year-old was the fastest of the 18 drivers.