Proteas greats Kallis, Boucher tee off in Alfred Dunhill Championship

Johannesburg, Dec 12(ANI): South African cricket legends Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher were two of the players who teed off in Tuesday's pro-am ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club.

"I think I looked forward to this week during the whole of the Australian tour," Sport24 quoted Kallis, as saying.

The world's No 1 all-rounder who has just returned from a victorious trip Down Under where South Africa cemented its status as the world's No 1 Test-playing nation with a second-successive series defeat of the hosts.

"It's nice that the time has eventually arrived to play here on this gorgeous course - it's always nice coming up to Leopard Creek," added Kallis.

"That's why we tried to finish that third Test off in four days - get back to South Africa and get an extra day's practice in," he said.

Boucher, the world's leading wicketkeeper who was forced to hasten his looming retirement when he was struck in the eye by a bail ahead of the Proteas' triumphant tour of England earlier this year, was not too sure of the quality of his game.

"My game's been going, rather than coming on," said Boucher.

"I haven't played a lot since my injury so I'll have to hit and hope. I'm finding reading long putts difficult with just one eye, and I'm not getting the ball close enough to cut long putts out, because the eye problem's not that easy on the swing either," he added.

"Unfortunately, they don't give you an extra couple of shots if you've only got one eye," he said. (ANI)