Abery’s experience at his ‘favourite place in the whole world’ pays off

2010-11-08 00:00

PORT EDWARD — Warren Abery dropped two shots in a row on the eighth and the ninth holes in the final round of the Nashua Masters, but he birdied the 10th and 12th to coast to victory at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

“I really played the back nine well all week,” said Abery, “so I said to my caddie as I got rid of the frustrations after the ninth while walking to the tee-shot on number 10, ‘so let’s turn the corner and keep at it because it’s going to be difficult out there for everyone’.”

So, while he was bogey-free on his way home, all his closest competitors buckled under the pressure and in the stiff wind that picked up during the round.

In second, Branden Grace and Oliver Bekker each made two bogeys on the homeward nine — coincidentally the margin between Abery’s 13-under final total after his closing one-under 69 and the 11-under on which they each finished.

Also in second was Alex Haindl, who carded the only bogey-free round of the day with his five-under-par 65.

For Abery, the fact that he calls the Wild Coast Sun Country Club his “favourite place in the whole world” made for a relatively calm march to victory, while the rest of the field battled the elements and their own games.

He knew that he was under threat from Bekker in particular, who moved into the lead after he made his seventh birdie of the day on 12.

“I knew there was a difficult stretch coming home, and my experience really paid off,” he said.

It was the third time Abery won the Nashua Masters, having won the 2006 and 2008 titles, and it was his sixth Sunshine Tour victory.

It came after he had taken four months off in the middle of the year to be with his wife Kirsten during and after the birth of their daughter Samantha.

Leading final scores (RSA unless specified):

267 -Warren Abery 66 67 65 69

269 -Alex Haindl 64 69 71 65, Oliver Bekker 67 66 70 66, Branden Grace 62 67 69 71

270 -Alan Michell 62 67 71 70

271 -David Hewan 70 61 70 70

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