The Mole won’t go as far as calling them chokers but the South African’s really seemed to lack any sort of cutting edge when it mattered in Qatar this weekend.
Despite a sixth place finish by Thomas Aiken, it was still a rather disappointing few days for the South African golfers.
After the first two rounds there were four of them – Thomas Aiken, Retief Goosen, Darren Fichardt and Louis Oosthuizen – within striking distance of the top of the leaderboard.
But all of them hit a speed bump somewhere along the line, Louis Oosthuizen for example shot 76 in the final round, Goosen a 75 in the third round and Fichardt shot 74s in both of the championship rounds. Thomas Aiken shot a one over 73 in the final round, not nearly as bad as the rest but still pretty poor considering what was at stake.
Retief did manage to shoot under par again on Sunday, but that was only after he had removed himself from contention during Saturday’s round.
To be fair it wasn’t the easiest day to score, the lowest round of the day was a 67 and the majority of the players shot 70 or more.
But the magnitude of how badly some of the South Africans fell away still needs to be illustrated when the tournament was on the line; Goosen was leading after round one, and spent some of day one and day two sharing the lead with Fichardt and in the end Keith Horne finished level with Goosen and one ahead of Fichardt after Horne shot an opening round 78.
Not to take anything away from a superb recovery by Horne, and getting into the top 20 (T19) after a start like that is phenomenal, but it's tough not to think that the others should have just done better.
James Kingston also did it last weekend at the Volvo Golf Championships in Bahrain, after getting himself in contention with three 67s in a row he shot 74 in the final round.
Have the guys just been unlucky in the last couple of weeks, or is this a worrying sign that South African golfers panic under pressure?