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Mookgophong - Danie van Tonder claimed his second victory in the Origins of Golf series at Euphoria Golf Estate on Friday, in what is shaping up to be a dream season for him.

Van Tonder closed with a 70 for a total of 12-under par, giving him a one-stroke victory over Tyrone Ferreira.

Van Tonder led going into the final round. Ulrich van den Berg made the first run at his lead and took it briefly with a tremendous birdie putt on the sixth. But he was unable to sustain this and finished third on 10 under.

Ferreira then came with a charge of six consecutive birdies over the turn, but missed a short birdie chance on 18 to finish on 12 under. That left Van Tonder to par the last for victory.

"It was quite tense out there and I knew the guys would be coming for me," said Van Tonder.

"But it was fun. I knew I had to just keep calm and be patient. I waited 11 holes for a birdie, so patience was key."

He now moved into second place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit behind England's Ross Fisher. Technically, he was first as Fisher had only played two tournaments here this season and not the minimum of seven to qualify for the Order of Merit.

"I just want to stay in this position and win the Order of Merit this year," said a confident Van Tonder, who has been in incredible form this year, having not missed a cut. And he's hoping to build on this form with a few more wins before the lucrative summer portion of the tour tees off towards the end of the year.

"This is the 11th year of this series and it's so important for us because it keeps us competitive in the winter."

The amateur competition was won by Thulani Ntobela with 125 points. He led the five amateurs who qualified for the final of this pro-am series at the end of the year.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):

204 - Danie van Tonder 67 67 70

205 - Tyrone Ferreira 72 65 68

206 - Ulrich van den Berg 69 67 70

208 - Jared Harvey 72 67 69

209 - Jacques Blaauw 68 69 72

210 - Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 68 69 73

212 - Justin Harding 66 73 73

213 - Callum Mowat 69 71 73, Heinrich Bruiners 73 67 73

214 - Anthony Michael 72 73 69, Keenan Davidse 75 69 70, Shaun Norris 69 74 71, Charl Coetzee 67 76 71, Bryce Easton 72 71 71, Morne Buys 71 70 73, Le Roux Ferreira 72 69 73, Ross Wellington 68 70 76

215 - Ockie Strydom  69 75 71, Maritz Wessels 74 70 71, Jean Hugo 69 73 73, Oliver Bekker 70 71 74, Steven Ferreira 71 70 74, Andrew Curlewis 72 69 74, Louis de Jager 73 66 76

216 - Ruan de Smidt 74 72 70, Chris Swanepoel 69 75 72

217 - Shaun Smith 74 73 70, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 72 73 72, Peter Karmis 74 70 73, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 71 71 75, Lindani Ndwandwe 71 71 75

218 - Lyle Rowe 74 73 71, Merrick Bremner 74 73 71, Christiaan Basson 71 74 73, Mark Murless 71 72 75, James Kamte 73 69 76

219 - PH McIntyre 75 72 72, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 76 71 72, CJ du Plessis 71 70 78

221 - JJ Senekal 76 70 75, Dean Burmester 72 74 75

223 - Titch Moore 74 73 76, Rhys West 73 73 77

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