Johannesburg – Tjaart van der Walt claimed an emphatic six-stroke win on Sunday, lifting the Cape Town Open trophy at the Royal Cape Golf Club.
Van der Walt carded a final-round one-under-par 71 for a 14-under-par total of 274 to beat Michael Hollick, who fired the round of the day with his four-under 68 to finish on 280.
Meanwhile, Hennie Otto, the midway leader, battled to a four-over 76 to finish third.
“The feeling is quite out there! I’m at a loss for words,” Van der Walt said after his round.
“After so many seconds (second places) you start to wonder if it’s going to come through. It happened this week, so I’m over the moon.”
Van der Walt had recorded a number of runner-up finishes across the globe, including five on the Sunshine Tour, three on the Nationwide Tour, one on the US PGA Tour, two on the European Tour and one on the Asian Tour.
He bogey on the first hole in the final round after his scintillating seven-under-par 65 in the third round, but nevertheless went on to claim the victory.
Van der Walt carded birdies on the sixth and eighth holes and the two positive scores proved to be enough to pull him clear of the pack.
“At the turn I knew I had a lead, but this back nine can get tricky with the wind,” he said.
“I managed to pull off all of the shots I needed to. I persevered and stuck to what I know to work, and I pulled it off.”
Hollick got the best finish of his professional career by making four birdies from his last six holes.
With Otto struggling, and making bogey on the 18th, Hollick's birdies were enough to give him second on his own, topping his previous best Sunshine Tour performances of the year with three fifth place finishes. – Sapa