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Horne wins Telkom PGA event

2012-02-26 14:16

Johannesburg - Keith Horne held onto an overnight lead to win the Sunshine Tour Telkom PGA Championshiop at the Woodmead course at Country Club Johannesburg with a final round 69 on Sunday.

Horne began the day on 16 under and with his three under fourth round finished on a total of 269, three ahead of Jaco Ahlers, Darren Fichardt and Alex Haindl in second place.

It was Horne's fifth victory on tour, and his first since 2010 for the Eye of Africa professional. With the win, he picked up a winning cheque of R554 750. Throughout his career Horne has been a measure of consistency, never finishing worse than 22nd on the Sunshine tour moneylist in 16 years since he turned pro.

Playing the last hole, his three shot lead for most of the back nine was cut to two. He laid up on the par five to around 100 metres.

Horne took his time with his third, walking off the entire distance of the shot to the green indicating some nerves. His approach, however, showed little sign of pressure as sent his wedge to six feet to effectively seal the win. He walked up to putt for the birdie, and proceeded to make it for a resounding three shot triumph.

Earlier, Horne was faultless on the front nine, picking up birdies on the first, third and sixth holes to get to 19 under.

At the same time playing partner Haindl was keeping the pressure on Horne, with an eagle on the par five sixth to pull within one of the lead.

The slender lead changed to a three shot cushion on the 9th when Haindl double-bogeyed.

The 40-year-old Horne played steady golf on the back nine, churning out the pars while the challengers were unable to get close. Horne demonstrated finesse around the greens as his short game kept his score together.

Among the challengers, Fichardt was also paired in the final three ball, but while the Sunshine tour veteran reeled off four birdies in his round, they were offset by three bogeys.

Horne displayed a bit of temper on the 16th when he missed a short putt for birdie. He made a baseball swing after the ball had narrowly missed the cup on the right, but then cooled down to make the short return for par.

Still with a three shot advantage playing his second shot to the par four 17th, Horne found the greenside bunker. He was unable to get the ball up and down and walked to the 18th tee with a two shot lead.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

269 - Keith Horne 70 63 67 69
272 - Jaco Ahlers 69 68 69 66, Alex Haindl 69 65 68 70, Darren Fichardt 64 71 67 70
273 - Ulrich van den Berg 69 69 68 67, James Kamte 67 67 69 70, Trevor Fisher Jnr 65 69 69 70
274 - Tyrone Ferreira 73 65 70 66, Jaco Van Zyl 69 68 70 67, Bryce Easton 69 66 70 69
275 - Richard Sterne 71 68 68 68, Albert Pistorius 70 70 65 70
276 - Allan Versfeld 71 70 71 64, Mark Murless 74 67 69 66, Jake Roos 69 71 68 68, Louis Moolman 70 66 71 69, Keenan Davidse 71 66 69 70, Andrew Curlewis 67 69 69 71, Joshua Cunliffe 71 66 66 73, Dean Burmester 66 66 70 74
277 - Jbe' Kruger 70 68 70 69, Morne Buys 73 65 65 74
278 - Merrick Bremner 72 69 66 71
279 - Drikus van der Walt 69 71 72 67, Jean Hugo 70 70 69 70
280 - Justin Walters 72 69 73 66, Hendrik Buhrmann 70 70 71 69, Hennie Otto 71 70 65 74
281 - Wallie Coetsee 74 70 67 70, Kyle Scott 71 68 72 70, David Hewan 67 74 70 70
282 - Chris Swanepoel 75 67 69 71, Andrew Georgiou 72 71 71 68, Tjaart van der Walt 73 68 70 71
283 - Oliver Bekker 69 70 74 70, Jacques Blaauw 75 68 72 68, Neil Schietekat 72 72 71 68, Divan van den Heever 69 68 71 75
284 - Divan Gerber 69 69 73 73, Paul Marks 75 68 71 70, Martin Maritz 68 67 75 74, Louis Calitz 71 73 70 70, James Kingston 69 75 70 70, Peter Karmis 74 68 67 75, Ockie Strydom 71 68 69 76, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 73 71 73 67
285 - Warren Abery 70 72 71 72, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 73 67 71 74, Derick Petersen 73 70 71 71
286 - Andre Cruse 68 76 68 74, Brett Liddle 69 71 74 72, Riekus Nortje 77 67 70 72, Matthew Carvell 73 71 71 71, Dawie Van der Walt 73 70 74 69
287 - Michael Hollick 68 73 73 73, Charl Coetzee 71 69 76 71, Stuart Clark (WAL) 70 73 73 71, Tyrone Mordt 73 71 73 70, Martin du Toit 71 73 73 70
288 - Justin Harding 73 69 71 75, Christiaan Basson 72 72 69 75, Wynand Dingle 72 68 74 74, Desvonde Botes 69 75 72 72, Tyrone Ryan 70 71 76 71
289 - Des Terblanche 70 74 72 73, Daniel Hammond 71 73 73 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 70 74 74 71, Thomas Lovett 74 70 74 71, Lyle Rowe 73 69 77 70
290 - Steven Ferreira 69 71 76 74, JJ Senekal 71 73 72 74, Colin Nel 74 70 73 73
291 - Jake Redman 74 67 73 77, Brandon Pieters 72 71 72 76, Coenie Stoop 69 71 77 74, PG van Zyl 73 71 73 74
292 - Derik Ferreira 69 72 77 74
293 - Theunis Spangenberg 74 70 75 74
294 - Dismas Indiza (KEN) 72 71 75 76
297 - Allister de Kock 73 70 74 80, Gary Birch Jr (GER) 76 68 77 76
303 - Alan Michell 75 69 82 77

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