Van der Walt wins on Tour

2015-03-23 07:46
Dawie van der Walt (Gallo Images)

Santiago - Dawie van der Walt won the Chile Classic on Sunday for his first Tour title, closing with a birdie for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke victory.

The 32-year-old South African finished at 21-under 263 at Mapocho and earned $108 000. He won two European Tour events in South Africa in 2013.

"It's very sweet," van der Walt said. "It's been a long time coming... it was a combination of things. I hit a lot of shots close. Sometimes you hit good shots and they just don't end up close. I hit my irons really good and a lot of them were close this week."

He nearly skipped the tournament after finishing the European Tour's South African Swing.

"I played pretty decent last week," van der Walt said. "I wasn't thinking I wasn't going to make the cut, but thought I might play well here. I certainly wasn't expecting to win."

Erik Barnes was second after a 66. He birdied the final three holes.

"Dawie played great today," Barnes said. "He hit it good. He chipped it good. He putted good. That's hard to beat."

Third-round leader Craig Barlow was another stroke back along with Wes Roach. Barlow had a hole a hole-in-one with a 6-iron the 214-yard eighth, but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 in a 69.

Roach finished with a 68.

Read more on:    golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who will win the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.