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Otto triumphs at SA Open

2011-11-27 16:53

Johannesburg - Hennie Otto shot a final round of 72 on Sunday to win the South African Open for his second win on the EPGA Tour.

The 35-year-old South African - whose previous win was the 2008 Italian Open - held off Austria's Bernd Wiesberger by one shot after a mixed back nine.

"I've been close a few times a couple of years ago and couldn't make it through," said Otto after the win at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

Otto carded a final 14-under-par total of 274 and he was delighted to have added his name to the rollcall of winners.

"I said it yesterday there's some good names on there and I would like to have it on there one day and today's the day," he said.

Otto went into day four with a three stroke lead and held onto the top of the leaderboard over former double champion from South Africa Retief Goosen, Swede Magnus A Carlsson, England's Richard McEvoy and South Africa's Thomas Aiken.

On the back nine he hit three bogeys and two birdies to end the day's round on par.

"I made it tough for myself," he said after putting away the final hole on par following a birdie on the 17th.

Wiesberger carded a final round of four-under-par 68 to come in second in the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.

The contest, the second oldest national championship after the British Open, turns 101 this year.

Notably absent from the tournament were locals and Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who were competing at the Mission Hills World Cup in China.

The course on the outskirts of Johannesburg, called the Masai Mara, opened in 2009 with its signature hole the par-five number eight, which has an island green.

Scores from the European PGA Tour South African Open after the final round at the par-72 course on Sunday:

274 Hennie Otto (South Africa) 70 67 65 72 275 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 69 68 70 68 277 Richard McEvoy (Britain) 70 70 69 68
Ockie Strydom (South Africa) 69 72 67 69
Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 68 69 68 72 278 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 66 68 71 73
Magnus Carlsson (Sweden) 73 66 66 73
Trevor Fisher (South Africa) 68 72 70 68 279 Lloyd Saltman (Britain) 69 68 72 70
Jaco Ahlers (South Africa) 74 67 65 73
Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 67 68 70 74
Branden Grace (South Africa) 69 68 74 68 280 Thomas Norret (Denmark) 69 69 71 71
Carlos Del Moral (Spain) 70 70 69 71
Lyle Rowe (South Africa) 69 66 73 72
Keith Horne (South Africa) 68 69 70 73
Markus Brier (Austria) 68 72 67 73
Richard Bland (Britain) 72 69 66 73
Chris Swanepoel (South Africa) 72 68 71 69 281 Tyrone Mordt (South Africa) 66 72 71 72
Jean Hugo (South Africa) 67 69 71 74
Merrick Bremner (South Africa) 66 68 72 75
Peter Whiteford (Britain) 70 71 70 70
Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 69 69 72 71 282 Simon Wakefield (Britain) 71 67 70 74
Darren Fichardt (South Africa) 71 69 68 74
Steven O'Hara (Britain) 65 68 74 75
Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 65 71 71 75
Alvaro Velasco (Spain) 69 72 66 75
Oliver Wilson (Britain) 69 71 73 69
Ulrich Van den Berg (South Africa) 69 73 71 69 283 Floris de Vries (Netherlands) 69 73 68 73
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (France) 68 70 70 75
Mikko Korhonen (Finland) 70 71 71 71 284 Tim Sluiter (Netherlands) 70 69 73 72
Phillip Price (Britain) 68 70 73 73
Colin Nel (South Africa) 73 68 70 73
Sam Little (Britain) 74 67 69 74 285 David Frost (South Africa) 68 73 73 71
Wade Ormsby (Australia) 70 70 73 72
Tjaart Van der Walt (South Africa) 72 69 72 72
Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70 71 72 72
David Hewan (South Africa) 66 76 71 72
Jeppe Huldahl (Denmark) 68 70 74 73
Brandon Stone (South Africa) 73 69 70 73
Graeme Storm (Britain) 70 68 73 74 286 Mark Brown (New Zealand) 68 73 75 70
Robert Rock (Britain) 72 70 72 72
Alex Haindl (South Africa) 73 69 71 73
Maarten Lafeber (Netherlands) 73 68 70 75 287 Joel Sjoeholm (Sweden) 71 68 77 71
Alastair Forsyth (Britain) 70 72 72 73
Gareth Maybin (Britain) 69 73 71 74 288 Justin Harding (South Africa) 71 71 76 70
David Drysdale (Britain) 68 72 76 72
Ryan Cairns (Zimbabwe) 72 69 74 73
Josh Cunliffe (South Africa) 72 70 71 75
Elliot Saltman (Britain) 69 72 71 76
George Murray (Britain) 69 72 69 78 289 Manuel Quiros (Spain) 71 71 73 74
Shaun Norris (South Africa) 67 73 74 75
Dodge Kemmer (U.S.) 72 70 72 75 290 Lee Slattery (Britain) 70 72 73 75
Jared Harvey (South Africa) 68 74 71 77 291 Warren Abery (South Africa) 74 68 75 74
Chris Williams (South Africa) 70 72 75 74
Louis Moolman (South Africa) 69 72 75 75 292 Estanislao Goya (Argentina) 71 70 77 74 293 Matthew Nixon (Britain) 74 68 73 78
Ernie Els (South Africa) 69 69 76 79 294 Andre Cruse (South Africa) 71 69 78 76 296 Thabang Simon (South Africa) 69 71 80 76

AFP

Comments
  • Nugh Tyer - 2011-11-27 17:00

    Congratulations Hennie. The power of the mind is an awesome thing. You did it. Well done!! Hope you have many more.

  • walter.language - 2011-11-27 19:04

    Mooi Hennie, baie bly jy het gewen!

  • Joe - 2011-11-27 20:22

    Well done Hennie. We went to watch you and you played great. Serengeti - as beautiful as your course is, you have still a lot to learn about hosting a tournament. We nearly died of thirst. On holes 1 to 9, zero refreshments to be bought and from hole 10 - 18, only one and even that was out of stock and the water was warm. Get some tips from Sun City please!

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