Birdie charge sees Strydom to Tour Championship title

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Kempton Park – A 40-foot birdie putt on the ninth ignited a cost from
Jean-Paul Strydom on Sunday as he pulled off his maiden Sunshine Tour victory
within the season-ending Tour Championship at Serengeti Estates.

He had simply
bogeyed the eighth for his second dropped shot of the day and was falling off
the tempo, however three consecutive birdies across the two and one other two on his
means dwelling noticed him end the spherical six-under and the event at 14-under for
a one-stroke edge over the quartet of Jean Hugo, Jake Roos, Ockie Strydom and
Thriston Lawrence.

“My putt on
9 was a few 40-footer from throughout the inexperienced and that sort of acquired me
going,” he mentioned.

“Then I hit a horrible tee-shot on 10, and had in all probability one among
the very best pictures of the event to about 5 toes and made the birdie putt. I
missed a five-footer for eagle on 11, however made birdie there.”

That introduced
the lead again inside his grasp, and birdies on 13 and 17 helped him seal the
deal.

“It was such a simple chip. I used to be a bit nervous – shaking a bit – so I
didn’t hit it onerous sufficient and left myself an uphill six-footer. I simply closed
my eyes and it went in,” he laughed.

It regarded
for an extended whereas as if the event may go to a play-off, however Hugo bogeyed
the 18th when he putted a 45-footer from the again fringe about eight
toes previous the opening and missed the return putt to slide to 13-under. Roos narrowly
missed a 40-footer for birdie on 18, whereas Ockie Strydom and Lawrence every
missed slippery downhill putts on the ultimate gap they usually all completed simply off
the tempo.

For Strydom,
having to make the tempo throughout the last spherical was helpful.

“Chasing helped,” he
mentioned.

“I used to be main at Cape City Open and I didn’t really feel myself – I used to be sort of
edgy. At the moment I instructed my caddie if we may get it to six-under for the spherical,
we’d be in with a shout. It wasn’t enjoying simple. The flags have been fairly tucked.
However we shot six-under and it was ok.”

It was
vindication of a rebuilding course of that he undertook final yr after coming
shut within the Dimension Information Professional-Am. The method was on observe as he was
runner-up in Cape City in February, and all of it got here collectively within the last occasion
of the season.

“I’m
speechless,” he mentioned.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been shut a few
instances now. I’ve been enjoying properly and I’m simply glad I may pull one off. I
wasn’t wanting good final yr. By some means, I discovered one thing and right here we’re.”

Scores:

274 – Jean-Paul Strydom 69 67 72 66

275 – Jean
Hugo 67 68 70 70, Jake Roos 71 67 67 70, Ockie
Strydom 74 65 65 71, Thriston Lawrence 69 69 65 72

277 – Keenan
Davidse 67 70 70 70

278 – Philip
Eriksson 68 69 72 69

279 – Jaco
Ahlers 72 68 70 69

281 – Martin
Rohwer 70 75 68 68, Bryce Easton 73 71 68 69, JJ
Senekal 68 70 72 71, JC Ritchie 68 71 70 72

282 – Merrick
Bremner 70 69 74 69, Trevor Fisher Jnr 74 72 67 69

283 – Daniel
van Tonder 77 68 70 68, Daniel Greene 71 74 69 69, Jaco Van
Zyl 72 71 69 71, Lyle Rowe 71 70 70 72, Michael
Palmer 72 71 68 72

284 – Hennie
Otto 70 71 69 74

285 – Steve
Surry 73 70 70 72, Jaco Prinsloo 72 69 71 73

286 – Doug
McGuigan 75 71 70 70, Anthony Michael 74 68 72 72, Vaughn
Groenewald 72 70 67 77

288 – Rourke
van der Spuy 74 72 71 71

289 – Jack
Harrison 71 75 73 70

290 – Jacques
Blaauw 74 74 71 71

291 – Peter
Karmis 74 71 75 71, Mark Williams 71 74 73 73, Neil
Schietekat 72 74 72 73

292 – Tyrone
Ferreira 75 75 73 69

293 – Christiaan
Basson 73 76 74 70

296 – Benjamin
Follett-Smith 73 76 75 72, Matias Calderon 78 75 71 72

297 – Andre
De Decker 71 73 79 74

298 – Madalitso
Muthiya 75 78 70 75

305 – Zander
Lombard 81 78 78 68, Tyrone Ryan 74 79 76 76



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