Otto recharged for SA Open

2015-01-05 00:00

DOWERGLEN — A recharged Hennie Otto is primed to launch his bid for a second SA Open title when the world’s second oldest Open Championship tees off at Glendower Golf Club on Thursday.

The three-time European Tour winner, who claimed an emotional victory at Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate in 2011, came agonisingly close to double success in 2013.

Flawless and four under through the turn, Otto took the outright lead when he reeled in three birdies on the trot from the 12th. However, his challenge went up in smoke after a bogey at the par-five 15th and double bogey at the par-four 16th.

He closed with back-to-back pars to tie for second with countryman, Jbe’ Kruger, while Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen leapfrogged the South African pair with a bogey-free five-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory on 19-under-par 269.

Following surgery to his foot after the Alfred Dunhill championship, Otto was forced to take a proper break. Rested and ready to do battle, Otto is relishing his return to the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis.

“I would love to win a second SA Open title at Glendower,” said the 38-year-old from his farm near Elements Private Golf Reserve in Limpopo. “I grew up playing a lot of my golf there.

“The course suits me and I love the risk and reward style of the layout.” Otto spent most of 2014 in Europe and his form before the festive suggests he has the game to make amends.

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