Coetzee keeps his eye on the clock to march to Telkom PGA Champsionship victory

2011-02-28 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — George Coetzee had to keep his eye on his watch after being put on the clock yesterday as he marched to a two-shot victory in the R3,25 million Telkom PGA Championship, played on the Woodmead course at Country Club Johannesburg.

He finished on 27-under-par 261 and fired a final round of eight-under-par 64 to edge out Neil Schietekat by two shots, with the man with whom he tussled all week long for victory, Branden Grace, who slipped to a share of third with a fast-finishing Garth Mulroy two shots further back.

It wasn’t until the trio got put on the clock at the 14th that Grace faded from the challenge.

“It was unfortunate. Gracie was very aware of it, and he was rushing his shots. I knew it would make a difference, and I tried to make sure it didn’t make a difference to me. I tried to tell myself that I am a quick player and not to worry about it,” Coetzee said.

SCORES (RSA unless specified):

261 — George Coetzee 65 64 68 64

263 — Neil Schietekat 68 65 64 66

265 — Garth Mulroy 68 66 67 64, Branden Grace 65 64 67 69.

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