Sunshine Tour

De Jager wins Sun City playoff

Louis de Jager (Gallo Images)
Louis de Jager (Gallo Images)
Sun City - Louis de Jager has made back-to-back birdies at the 18th of Lost City Golf Course on Thursday to beat Vaughn Groenewald and Danie van Tonder in a sudden-death playoff for the Nedbank Affinity Cup.

“It’s always a great feeling to win, especially when you do it in a playoff. There’s extra pressure and I’m really happy that I could play some goods shots and make it count,” De Jager said.

During regulation play the 27-year-old birdied the 17th and 18th to match the clubhouse lead of 12-under-par and add his name to the playoff.

On the first extra hole he and Groenewald made birdie and Van Tonder fell away.

A second extra trip down the 18th was required in order to decide a winner and De Jager was up to the task. He chose to lay up from a waste bunker right of the fairway and proceeded to chip it up to eight feet and secure his victory.

The win marks a second playoff victory in 2014 for De Jager, who ended a five-year title drought in September at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung Wild Coast.

“It still hasn’t sunk in completely, but to win twice this year has made it a special season for me. Two playoff wins is an achievement, but I’m also really happy with the way I played throughout this week,” he said.

Dean Burmester shot 65 to lead the first round and Ruan de Smidt shot 64 to lead the second round, but it was the consistency of De Jager that came out tops. The latest Sunshine Tour winner carded three rounds of 68 to match the leading tournament score.
 
It was a magical finish from De Jager, who effectively made four consecutive birdies to win the R750 000 tournament. He walked away with R118 875 and Nedbank contributed an equal amount to help grow the game through the South African Golf Development Board.

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):
204 - Louis de Jager 68 68 68
204 - Danie van Tonder 70 68 66, Vaughn Groenewald 70 68 66
205 - Jake Redman 69 67 69
206 - Dean Burmester 65 72 69, Oliver Bekker 66 71 69, Trevor Fisher Jnr 66 70 70, Ulrich van den Berg 68 66 72, Ruan de Smidt 68 64 74
207 - Chris Swanepoel 66 74 67
208 - Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 71 70 67, Peter Karmis 71 69 68
209 - Neil Schietekat 75 67 67, Alex Haindl 69 72 68, Colin Nel 73 68 68, Keenan Davidse 73 67 69, Rhys West 72 68 69, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 73 66 70, Christiaan Basson 70 68 71, Morne Buys 66 71 72, Derik Ferreira 69 68 72, Titch Moore 71 66 72
210 - Wynand Dingle 68 72 70
211 - Jared Harvey 71 71 69, Tyrone Mordt 71 69 71, Jean Hugo 71 68 72, James Kamte 69 70 72, PH McIntyre 69 70 72
212 - Allan Versfeld 73 71 68, Ross Wellington 72 71 69, Merrick Bremner 70 69 73, Shaun Norris 66 71 75
213 - Jacques Kruyswijk 72 69 72
214 - Attie Schwartzel 75 70 69, Shaun Smith 71 73 70, Divan van den Heever 71 71 72, Wallie Coetsee 73 67 74
215 - Mark Williams (ZIM) 73 72 70, Pieter Moolman 72 72 71, CJ du Plessis 68 73 74
216 - Thriston Lawrence 75 70 71, Grant Veenstra 70 74 72
217 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 72 72, Bryce Easton 74 71 72, JJ Senekal 70 75 72
219 - Justin Harding 74 70 75
221 - Mark Murless 69 75 77, Juan Langeveld 76 66 79
224 - Callum Mowat 73 72 79
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