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Garrick Higgo – a new golfing star

The name Garrick Higgo might mean little to you but it soon will.

The 21 year old South African has now won two European tour events in the Canarian swing of the Tour when he won the Tenerife open by 6 strokes from the equally exotically-named Aussie Maverck Antcliff.

Previously he had won in Grand Canary and this is now his third tour win. He has the bravado of youth with a hole on one yesterday.

It’s a beautiful course which I have played in the south of the island.

There you have the fleshpots of Los Christianos and Los Americanos but sandwiched between the two is the lovely Costa Adige.

On what was still a chilly day and in lockdown I loved to see the backdrop of the azure sea and blue skies of this island which is so popular for its winter sun.

Higgo looks even younger than his 21 years but he seems to have no faults.

I predict he joins his country golfing legends like Gary Player, Ernie Els, Charl Schwarzel, Louis Oosthiuzen and Trevor Immelman – and before them Bobby Locke – by winning a Major.

Over on Quail Hollow in Charlotte on the USPGA Rory McIlroy won his first  tourney since 2019 by topping the leader board by one stroke from Abraham Ancer, a 26 year old Mexican with my pick, another youngster who is going places, Viktor Hovland finishing third.

All these youngsters coming through – and you can added Adi Arnaus of Spain and Dane Nicolai Hoejgaard to the list – rather fortifies my point that the proposed Super League of golf will do the game no good as it’s weighted to the more senior – if not superannuated – pro.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts