Sunshine Tour

Fisher Jnr wins Investec Cup

Trevor Fisher Jnr (Gallo Images)
Trevor Fisher Jnr (Gallo Images)
Sun City - He didn’t know that his nearest pursuer had eagled the 18th, but Trevor Fisher Jnr managed to keep calm as he played out the final hole of the Investec Cup, make par and walk off the green R3.5-million richer.

His one-stroke victory over Jacques Blaauw in the R1-million Sunshine Tour tournament gave him R163 400, but that was small potatoes compared to the bragging rights he has with his eighth Sunshine Tour victory and the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool of the Chase to the Investec Cup.

"Look, it’s always nice to win, whatever you win,” said Fisher, “whether it’s a winter event on the Sunshine Tour or a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour.

"It’s another notch on the belt and it gives you confidence. But this is really life-changing, no question about it. I’m so thrilled to win."

It was a win which was greeted with great pleasure from his fellow professionals, not least Blaauw who congratulated him warmly as he teased him with a reeling-in gesture in the clubhouse when it was revealed to Fisher that he in fact had just a one-stroke cushion on that final hole.

It was a closely fought final round as no fewer than five players had a chance of pulling off the victory: George Coetzee had the lead going into the final round and looked as if he was going to pull off the win he needed to get into the Masters.

But a pair of double bogeys – the second almost catastrophic on the 12th as Fisher made birdie to hit the front decisively – derailed his victory charge.

Keith Horne fired a closing five-under-par 67, but a bogey on 17 after his tee shot went awry saw him slip out of contention in frustrating fashion after he had got to 15-under-par with a genuine birdie opportunity awaiting him on 18.

And defending champion Jaco van Zyl had a brilliant tilt at retaining his title after ordinary opening rounds of 71 and 72.

He closed with a 66 to go with his third-round 65 at the Lost City, and came within two shots of forcing a play-off.

But it was Blaauw who came closest to Fisher: His bogey on the short par-three 13th saw him drop off the pace, and, as well as he had played for the round, he just could not make a birdie putt after that.

But he played a brilliant approach to 18 and rammed home the 10-footer he had for eagle to lay down the gauntlet for Fisher.

Not that Fisher was aware of it.

"I thought I just had to make par for a two-stroke win," he said.

"Because of that, I was quite calm coming up the fairway to the 18th, but I’m glad I was able to get the job done.

"It was always going to be tough to win this.

"I knew I had some quality players behind me and in front of me, so I knew six- or seven-under may not have done the job.

"I just stuck it out and did my best today, and six-under was good enough."

Scores (RSA unless specified):
272 - Trevor Fisher Jnr 69 70 67 66
273 - Jacques Blaauw 67 73 67 66
274 - Jaco Van Zyl 71 72 65 66, Keith Horne 70 68 69 67
276 - George Coetzee 68 67 70 71
277 - Jbe' Kruger 68 72 71 66, Dawie Van der Walt 74 70 64 69
278 - Jean Hugo 71 69 70 68
279 - Darren Fichardt 73 70 66 70
281 - Adilson Da Silva 75 70 67 69
282 - Jake Roos 75 68 72 67, Merrick Bremner 69 69 71 73
283 - Hennie Otto 73 74 68 68, Ulrich van den Berg 70 73 71 69
284 - Thomas Aiken 74 70 72 68, Morten Orum Madsen 74 75 67 68, Lucas Bjerregaard 65 72 75 72
285 - Andrew Curlewis 75 69 74 67
287 - Richard Finch 76 71 73 67, Danie van Tonder 76 70 73 68
289 - Justin Harding 74 72 74 69, Oliver Fisher 72 74 71 72
290 - Oliver Bekker 76 77 70 67
291 - Ross Fisher 77 71 73 70
292 - Warren Abery 78 73 68 73
293 - Jaco Ahlers 78 77 69 69
294 - Justin Walters 69 70 71 84
295 - John Hahn 80 70 70 75
299 - Titch Moore 80 74 72 73
302 - Michael Hollick 76 79 71 76

Final standings Chase to the Investec Cup
Points   Pos         Name
2448.3   1              Trevor Fisher Jnr
2251.0   2              Hennie Otto             
2212.2   3              Jbe’ Kruger
2120.0   4              Jacques Blaauw
2108.2   5              Jaco van Zyl
2075.4   6              Thomas Aiken
2074.3   7              Ross Fisher (ENG)
2019.6   8              Jean Hugo                 
2011.0   9              Morten Orum Madsen (DEN)
1981.2   10           Dawie van der Walt
1878.7   11           Danie van Tonder
1873.1   12           Merrick Bremner
1858.6   13           Keith Horne
1754.5   14           Darren Fichardt
1753.0   15           George Coetzee
1645.5   16           Adilson Da Silva (BRA)
1613.4   17           Ulrich van den Berg
1492.1   18           Jake Roos
1480.0   19           Oliver Fisher (ENG)
1387.5   20           Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN)
1310.2   21           Oliver Bekker
1289.8   22           Justin Walters
1264.6   23           Warren Abery
1182.3   24           Titch Moore
1147.3   25           Richard Finch (ENG)
1134.5   26           John Hahn (USA)
1119.9   27           Andrew Curlewis
1103.3   28           Justin Harding
1087.5   29           Jaco Ahlers
1018.1   30           Michael Hollick
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