Pretoria - George Coetzee has won the Tshwane Open on Sunday by one shot from
fellow South African Jacques Blaauw, who closed with a nine-under 61 at
Pretoria Country Club.
Playing on his home course, 28-year-old
Coetzee carded a 65 to collect a second European Tour title after
winning the Joburg Open last season.
The successor to Englishman Ross Fisher as Tshwane Open champion had earlier rounds of 67, 66 and 68 for a 14-under 266 total.
finished second on 267 after rounds of 72, 65, 69 and 61 and South
Africans Dean Burmester (67) and Tiaan van der Walt (67) shared third
with Scot Craig Lee (70).
Coetzee edged ahead of Blaauw, who
finished more than an hour earlier, with a birdie at 17 despite a
wayward tee shot that landed in rough just short of the green.
A superb chip set up a birdie chance and 95-kilogram Coetzee holed the putt to move one ahead with one hole to go.
the green in two at the bunker-littered par-four final hole, Coetzee
curled his first putt close to the pin and dropped the next to pip
Coetzee birdied three front-nine holes and two on the
inward trek in hot, partly cloudy conditions at the 6,458-metre
"This victory is even more special than winning the Joburg Open," said Coetzee, "because my family and friends are here.
"Eighteen years of playing this course was very useful on the back nine today. I knew when to be aggressive and when not to be.
was a crucial factor -- I knew Jacques had finished 13 under and did
not want to do anything rash while seeking to overtake him."
failed by one shot to match the European Tour record single-round score
of 60, which is shared by 17 golfers with European 2016 Ryder Cup
captain Darren Clarke achieving the feat twice.
The South African
birdied nine holes and did not drop a shot, then spent time relaxing, on
the driving range, and practising his putting.
Northern Irishman Clarke closed with a 69 to finish nine shots adrift of Coetzee.