Top golf official from SA lines up a unique 'Grand Slam'

JOHANNESBURG, 12 August 2015 – Theo Manyama started out as a caddy and went on to become one of the top golf officials in the world. He's worked at several major tournaments but never made it to the PGA Championship, until now. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Theo Manyama is one of the top golf officials in the world.

The Jo'burg local worked at several major tournaments, but never made it to the PGA Championship.

That's now set to change - as he completes his very own Grand Slam.

As a 12-year-old from the dusty streets of Alexandra, Manyama fell in love with golf, and starting working as a caddy.

He never allowed his surroundings to stifle his dream of becoming a Pro golfer on the Sunshine Tour -- in 1968, he won his first competition.

Today, listening to Manyama rattle off his achievements, one cannot help but be in awe of the man.

The 72-year-old has since made his mark on the game as a rules official.

His record at the majors puts him in an elite club that has seen him officiate at 16 Masters, nine US Opens and 19 Open Championships.

But he’s never worked at the PGA Championship due to a lack of financial support.

Thanks to the PGA of South Africa, he will complete his unique “Grand Slam” on Thursday.

* Watch the full video report by OG Molefe in the gallery above, and hear about Manyama's newly formed Golf Academy.


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