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Jake Roos wins in Swaziland

2012-06-03 17:25
Jake Roos (File)
Ezulwini - Jake Roos was in a league of his own at the Royal Swazi Golf Club on Sunday, and shot 63 to reach 17-under-par and force a playoff for the Lombard Insurance Classic title, which he won on the first playoff hole.

“You get those days where you’re in the zone. You just plod along, even though everything is going your way, and don’t think about it too much. You don’t get those days often, so when they come around you just flow with it,” he said.

The 31-year-old had a superb finish en route to the playoff - he chipped-in for eagle at the 17th and birdied the 18th to draw level with defending champion Justin Harding at 17-under-par.

“It’s really a fairytale story,” said Roos. “I didn’t have any expectations at the start of the round, I just tried to move as far up as possible. Then I climaxed at the end with an eagle-birdie finish.”

And after that finish he and Harding headed back to the 18th tee. Harding hit a wayward shot right of the green, which left Roos with an opportunity. Having already won in a playoff for the Platinum Classic in March, Roos knew just how to close out the tournament.

“The playoffs have been good to me, so I’m grateful. After Justin hit it to the right I just tried to play a little more conservatively and hit it below the flag and on the green. That worked out perfectly, and then I had a 20-footer, and I went for it. It lipped out, but things went well for me.

The Centurion Country Club professional has been working hard on his game, and has reaped the rewards throughout the year.

“I’ve started with new coaching staff at Serengeti, Doug Wood and Garth Milner. My swing seems to be a lot more consistent this year and I feel like my ball striking is putting me into positions were I can contend,” he said.

Roos couldn’t have been happier on any front: Even on the personal side this win couldn’t have come at a better time. “My wife was here this week with me. It was her birthday, and then we found out a couple of weeks ago that she is pregnant. We’re excited about starting a family together and the timing couldn’t have been better. We have some money now to buy nappies,” he joked.

With his third Sunshine Tour win under his belt, the new Lombard Insurance Classic champion looked set for a great year and a solid future at the top of Sunshine Tour leaderboards.

Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):

199 - Jake Roos  66 70 63
199 - Justin Harding  68 64 67
202 - Andrew Georgiou  65 67 70
204 - Mark Murless  66 70 68, Jacques Blaauw  67 67 70
205 - Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 71 66 68, Albert Pistorius  66 70 69, Jean Hugo  65 68 72
206 - Jaco Ahlers  69 71 66, Louis de Jager  69 67 70
207 - Justin Walters  69 70 68, David Hewan  68 70 69
208 - Matthew Carvell  71 68 69, Ryan Tipping  67 70 71
209 - Brandon Pieters  70 70 69, Tyrone Ryan  68 72 69, Danie van Tonder  68 71 70, Oliver Bekker  69 70 70, Ulrich van den Berg  74 67 68,Desvonde Botes  72 70 67, Michiel Bothma  70 66 73, Charl Coetzee  69 73 67, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 71 73 65, Christiaan Basson  68 67 74
210 - Doug McGuigan  70 69 71, Des Terblanche  69 71 70, Dean O'Riley  71 69 70, Johan du Buisson  69 69 72, Merrick Bremner  68 69 73,Andrew Curlewis  71 71 68, Lindani Ndwandwe  71 71 68, Attie Schwartzel  69 68 73, Divan van den Heever  68 68 74, Ockie Strydom  74 69 67
211 - Allan Versfeld  70 69 72, PH McIntyre  66 72 73, Colin Nel  68 70 73, Tyrone Mordt  69 68 74, Bradford Vaughan  70 72 69
212 - Michael Hollick  74 67 71, Peter Karmis  71 69 72, Bryce Easton  71 70 71
213 - Toto Thimba (Jnr) 70 69 74, Joshua Cunliffe  72 68 73, Neil Schietekat  71 71 71, Omar Sandys  72 72 69
214 - Wallie Coetsee  71 72 71
216 - Andre Cruse  70 72 74, Thabang Simon  74 68 74
217 - JG Claassen  72 72 73
220 - Trevor Fisher Jnr  75 69 76

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