Antalya - South Africa's Dylan Frittelli earned an
R8.5-million pay-day with the best round of the day after a high
quality, thrilling final
round battle pitched him against Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose in
the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.
ended his round with a fist pump as he holed out for birdie at the last
for a seven-under-par 64, but the spoils went to South African-born
Justin Rose just
eight days after his World Golf Championship HSBC triumph.
Englishman denied Frittelli and Nicolas Colsaerts from Belgium a stab
at a play-off when he also knocked in a birdie putt at the par four
closing hole for a six-under
37-year-old Rose sealed victory on 18-under-par 266, leaving Frittelli
and Colsaerts, who returned a 66, to share second on 267.
the course of four days in Turkey, Frittelli once again showed that he
is a player of immense stature as he gave an excellent account of
himself in one of the premium
Rolex Series events on the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
followed a runner-up finish in the China Open in April with his
maiden break-through in the Lyoness Open in Austria in June, the joint
joint in Turkey propelled
the South African from 39th to 18th in the Race to Dubai.
Remarkably, it was three chip shots that catapulted Frittelli into the thick of things in the final round.
not holed a chip-shot in more than a year, he chipped in for birdies at
five, six and eight on the front nine in a run of five straight birdies
to complete the
par-34 outward loop in just 29 strokes.
also chipped in twice in the third round, so something definitely
clicked in that department of my game this week," said the 27-year-old.
"I mean, who needs to putt
when you can chip straight in! I'm proud of the fact that I played well
under pressure all week and hit a lot of shots close."
called Frittelli a ball-striker of the highest calibre after the pair
played together in the third round and the South African put his talent
show on the back nine
on Sunday as he hit three superb approaches inside 10 feet.
the birdie putts stayed out, but when he did hole one at the final hole
to temporarily lead the field, the gallery roared their approval.
definitely has a great head for golf," Rose said. "Whenever he was in
trouble on Saturday, he stayed dead-calm and he made some brilliant par
saves. He is a real
talent for the future."
is now halfway in his bid to overhaul leader and fellow Englishman
Tommy Fleetwood and win the 2017 Race to Dubai, but he won't be teeing
it up in the $7.5-million
Nedbank Golf Challenge due to family commitments.
headed for Sun City on Sunday night.
aim coming into the end of the Rolex Series was always to try to finish
in the top 30 to qualify for all four Majors next year, but if I can
maintain this kind of
form over the next two weeks, I might even crack the top 10," he said.
George Coetzee will also be taking confidence to the Gary Player
Country Club after a final round 66 moved him into the top 30 on
closed with a 72 for 280, Richard Sterne carded 70 for 284, Dean
Burmester shot a superb 68 for 286, and Brandon Stone signed off with 76
Leading scores after the fourth and final round of the Turkish
Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday (par 72, GBR/IRL unless
266 - Justin Rose 69-68-64-65
267 - Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 70-67-66-64, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 64-64-73-66
268 - Padraig Harrington 65-72-64-67
269 - Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 69-68-66-66
270 - Eddie Pepperell 66-66-71-67, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 66-67-66-71
271- Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 72-66-67-66, Julian Suri (USA) 68-70-66-67, Shane Lowry 68-66-65-72
272 - Matthew Fitzpatrick 69-65-70-68, Matthew Southgate 69-65-69-69, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 69-67-66-70
273 - Peter Uihlein (USA) 69-67-68-69, Paul Waring 70-69-67-67,
274 - Tyrrell Hatton 67-70-71-66, Callum Shinkwin 71-67-67-69, Joost Luiten (NED) 64-73-67-70, Stephen Gallacher 69-65-69-71
275 - Ian Poulter 66-71-69-69, Lee Westwood 67-68-69-71, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 66-71-66-72
276 - Tommy Fleetwood 71-70-67-68, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 67-69-71-69, Chris Wood 68-73-66-69, Paul Dunne 67-70-67-72