Golf: George Coetzee
Here comes George Coetzee, another South African comet poised to blaze a golfing trail. Last year it was his compatriot Branden Grace who claimed a first European Tour victory in January, then added three more. Don't be surprised to see 26-year-old Coetzee follow him into the winner's enclosure in 2013.
Typical of the breed, Coetzee emulated his hero Ernie Els in forgoing a serious talent for tennis to devote his career to golf. Four top 10 finishes in the closing seven tournaments of 2012 lifted him to 13th in the Race to Dubai table and into the world top 50 for the first time to secure his debut at the Masters in April.
The Pretorian combines attacking flair with fierce commitment. He was barely able to hold the club with his left hand in Dubai a year ago after trapping a finger in the door of his courtesy car, but he managed to complete all four rounds without a murmur.
Coetzee is acquiring judgement to go with cool cavalier instincts, which in his early days led him to go for everything. As a result, his driving accuracy and greens in regulation have shot up during his three seasons on tour.