The ultimate day was upon us at The Joburg Open, the enterprise finish of the match, as the primary leg of the South Africa swings on the European Tour approached its the climax.
All of the discuss earlier than the ultimate spherical was about twenty-year-old South African sensation Wilco Nienaber who had been very good over three rounds and confirmed a lot composure that belied his years, he had by no means actually been on this place on the Tour earlier than and with this being in his house nation too, he appeared to point out no nerves and had appeared completely comfortable all through.
However might he do it for yet one more spherical and alter his life for good going ahead and take his maiden European Tour victory. He knew that if he faltered on the ultimate day there have been loads of skilled gamers developing behind him to pounce, together with Brandon Stone, the one man to have received on the Tour within the high ten.
Nienaber isn’t any stranger to successful titles although, he has 21 beginner titles to his title in what was an outstanding beginner profession, however it is a a lot harder Tour the place you must combine it with a few of the finest professionals internationally, so how would he deal with this new sort of stress?
Nicely, the entrance 9 urged he would stroll away with this match and was three pictures clear after extra fantastic golf, leaving the remainder of the sphere behind, aside from JB Hansen who was nearly clinging on in second place.
However the remaining again 9 on a Sunday does some extraordinary issues, doesn’t it? And the massive driving Nienaber might solely par the 2 par fives while Hansen birdied them each, and abruptly with 4 holes left to play they had been each tied for the lead, making the ultimate few holes a shoot-out between them, the remainder of the sphere was out of it, as that they had been for many of the day.
Wilko and JB parred 15 and 16, however drama on the seventeenth when after JB had discovered the guts of the inexperienced at 17, Wilko appeared to have discovered water to the left of the inexperienced, however extremely it stayed dry though his chip ended up miles from the opening, he managed to two-putt for bogey and it meant JB, who parred the opening, went into the ultimate gap a shot clear.
So, what of the ultimate tee pictures then, effectively JB discovered the tough after operating out of the golf green, however Wilko discovered the bunker, so at that stage, it was benefit JB. Wilko wanted to get his bunker shot on the inexperienced however was approach quick, though JB had a poor lie within the tough, and his second shot discovered the greenside bunker, what drama!!!
Wilko’s third shot discovered the inexperienced however he wanted a reasonably prolonged putt for par to have any probability of forcing a play-off after JB performed a marvellous bunker shot, Wilko missed his par putt although, which means he had two putts from just some ft to win, and he solely wanted one to win the Joburg Open and take his maiden European Tour title.
It had been a terrific finish to this match however though he didn’t get it finished in the long run, the longer term appears to be like vivid for twenty-year-old South African Nienaber who performed some fairly very good golf for 3 and a half rounds however effectively performed JB Hansen who clung onto his coat tails and located sufficient over the ultimate few holes to take what was an emotional win for The Dane. Marvellous stuff from Joburg, right here is the ultimate chief board…
So what does that do for the Race To Dubai, effectively Joburg winner JB Hansen shoots up 59 locations into 43rd, which means he ought to be in Dubai for the Tour Championship in December (high 60 qualify for that) while the runner up Wilko Nienaber rises 46 locations to 62nd, so is simply exterior that high 60. Shaun Norris who had a great remaining spherical to complete third is as much as 64th now, while Brandon Stone’s joint fourth end sees him enhance six locations to 32nd, so he ought to be on the remaining occasion as effectively.
Different gamers inside the highest sixty who performed at this occasion see Christiaan Bezuidenhout keep in 21st, while Dean Burmester and Antoine Rozner additionally stay simply inside the highest 60 too. Gavin Inexperienced climbs a spot to 41st regardless of ending T-74th right here, and Adrian Otaegui stays 30th after ending T-51st in Joburg, and Marcus Armitage, who was anticipated to do effectively right here this week, climbed up two locations to 57th after ending T-30th. A few gamers who missed the lower stay within the high sixty although, Masahiro Kawamura stays 39th, while Adri Arnaus is simply inside the highest sixty regardless of dropping two locations. Right here is your high twenty within the Race To Dubai…
The tour now strikes onto Leopards Creek for leg two of the South African swing for the Alfred Dunhill Championship, proves to be one other first rate match in prospect ther