CAPE TOWN – On his Twitter account South African golfer Erik van Rooyen describes himself as a “Dream Chaser, Birdie Maker”.
And the 29-year-old lived up to that mantra on Sunday in winning the Scandinavian Invitation, his maiden victory on the European Tour.
“It was always my dream to win in Europe and now that I’ve done (it) it’s hard to describe how good it feels,” Van Rooyen said.
And birdie maker? Well, he certainly delivered on that front. Van Rooyen birdied five of the last six holes in the third round on his way to a six-under 64, and on the final day birdied six of the first 13 holes - again en route to a 64. So that was 11 birdies in a stretch of just 19 holes at Hills Golf and Sports Club in Gothenburg. Pretty explosive golf.
And in a thrilling final round battle with Matthew Fitzpatrick, Van Rooyen also birdied the last - sinking a gutsy 15-footer down the hill at the par-5 - to win by one from the Englishman with a 19-under-par aggregate of 261.