Sunday, January 11, 2015

South African Open championship scores link



Englishman Andy Sullivan snatched the South African Open Championship from Charl Schwartzel after a dramatic play-off at Glendower Golf Club, Gauteng, Johannesburg

Sullivan, pictured with the championship trophy, by courtesy of Getty Images(c), fired a remarkable approach from the trees to 12 feet at the first extra hole and sank the putt to secure his first European Tour win.
Schwartzel took a five- shot lead into the final round and, despite an error-strewn display, still led by four with five holes to play.
However, the former Masters Tournament champion then failed to get up and down from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker on the 14th and three-putted the 16th to run up a double bogey 6, before a poor tee shot on the 17th led to another bogey and left him tied with Sullivan on 11 under par.
The players returned to the 18th for a sudden-death play-off and, after both had missed the fairway, Sullivan produced a stunning recovery for a winning birdie.
Sullivan, who held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage but bogeyed the first four holes as playing partner Schwartzel birdied them, started the day seven shots off the lead but carded four birdies, a chip-in eagle and one bogey in a closing 67.
The 27 year old from Nuneaton, who turned pro after winning the 2011 Scottish open amateur stroke-play title and helping GB and I win the Walker Cup match at Royal Aberdeen that year, perhaps thought his chance had gone when he left a long birdie putt on the 18th a few inches short, but Schwartzel's shaky finish led to a 74 and ensured extra holes were required.
"It's unbelievable," Sullivan said during the trophy presentation. "After Saturday I didn't think I stood much of a chance with Charl getting ahead that far.
"I just dug in there yesterday and today and found myself in a position where I had a chance to win. My caddie said over the last few holes 'no regrets' and I've definitely got no regrets over the last few holes, especially that play-off hole.
"Charl has won Major Championships; my caddie said ‘expect him to hole’ (his third shot) and he nearly did. I was delighted just to hit the green and have a chance to win and I'm just glad I took it.

"I didn't want to give him a second chance to take the title away from me so I am absolutely delighted and I hope the guys at Nuneaton Golf Club are having a few beers for me!
"To just play on The European Tour is something I've wanted to do my whole life, so to win an event just caps it all off and to do it in South Africa where I have always enjoyed playing, it has just been an incredible week."

Lee Slattery from Southport carded a closing 69 to finish third, just one shot outside the play-off, with Spain's Pablo Martin another shot back in fourth after also recording a 69.
Former US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick had been the first player to put the pressure on playing partner Schwartzel with birdies at the second and fourth, but the 20 year old from Sheffield double-bogeyed the seventh and ran up a triple bogey on the 13th after finding water to finish joint fifth.
SCOTSWATCH. David Drysdale, joint second five shots off the lead, after three rounds, failed to get a final-round challenge going.
He finished with a 74, his worst round of the tournament, for a share of 11th place on 282. The Cocksburnpath man earned 17,300 euros. It should have been much more.
Paul Lawrie repeated his third-round, one-over-par 73 on the final day and finished T55.
He had a final total of four-over-par 292 with earlier rounds of 71, 75 and 73.
Paul Lawrie tweeted: "Not the week I was looking for but first week since October, it's no disaster. Need to hit more fairways though. Thanks everyone."
Lawrie earned 3,500 euros from the prizefund.
Par 288 (4x72) Yardage7,564. Players from S Africa unless stated otherwise. Prizemoney in Euros.
279 Andy Sullivan (England) 66 70 74 67; Charl Schwartzel 68 69 66 74 (Sullivan won play-off at first extra hole: Sullivan 158,500; Schwartzel 115,500).
278 Lee Slattery (England) 70 74 65 69 (69,000)
279 Pablo Martin (Spain) 71 68 71 69 (49,100)
281 Thomas Aiken 70 71 70 70, Matthew Fitzpatrick (England) 73 68 67 73, Jared Harvey 71 69 70 71, Paul Maddy (England) 71 71 68 71, Gary Stal (France) 75 66 69 71, Alessandro Tadini (Italy) 71 68 73 69 (28,667 each).

282 David Drysdale (Scotland) 68 72 68 74 (T11) (17,300)
285 Ernie Els 67 77 69 72 (T20) (11.120)
292 Paul Lawrie (Scotland) 71 75 73 73 (T55) (3,500)





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