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Golf-Van Tonder sinks birdie to win South African Open

SUN CITY, South Africa (Reuters) – Daniel van Tonder sunk a birdie on the final hole to win the South African Open title on Sunday when he parried a late strike from compatriot Oliver Bekker.

30-year-old Van Tonder made eight birdies in the 65th final to finish 16th under par with a total of 272, one shot ahead of Bekker.

Bekker, the halfway lead at Gary Player Country Club, finished with the 66th, fighting back to scramble for closing holes before Van Tonder’s win ended his playoff hopes.

Three birdies in his last three holes secured third place for Hennie du Plessis, who finished with 12 under.

The tournament was stripped of its status as a European Tour event last week with the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the subsequent travel ban in the region, leading to the mass withdrawal of foreign players. .

The South African Open, held in Sun City this year, is one of the oldest open golf championships.

First held in 1903, it is the highlight of the South Africa-based Sunshine Tour and has been co-approved by the European Tour since 1997.

(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ed Osmond)

https://whbl.com/2021/12/05/golf-van-tonder-sinks-birdie-putt-to-win-south-african-open/ Golf-Van Tonder sinks birdie to win South African Open

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