Sunshine Tour

Dane Madsen wins SA Open

2013-11-24 17:23
Morten Madsen (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - On an intriguing final day of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club where the lead changed three times, it was Denmark's Morten Madsen who came out on top on Sunday.

Madsen fired a final round 67 for a 269, 19 under par total, to claim the win in the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.

Madsen, ranked 244th in the world before the victory, finished two clear of locals Jbe' Kruger and Hennie Otto on 17 under.

Kruger compiled the round of the day among the chasing pack, but ultimately the glory belonged to Madsen.

The day began with South African Charl Schwartzel racing out to the lead on the front nine, before he found a watery grave at the par three sixth hole which lead to a triple bogey and effectively ended his challenge.

Any glimmer of hope Schwartzel had was extinguished with a double bogey on the par four 10th.

It was then countryman Otto who took up the mantle, but a double bogey on the par four sixteenth handed Madsen the lead.

Madsen - playing in the final group with local favourite Schwartzel - quietly compiled two birdies on his outward nine return a two under score at the turn.

But it was three birdies in a four hole stretch starting on the 13th which catapulted the 25-year-old to his debut win on the European Tour.

With his win, Madsen became only the ninth non-African player to win the second oldest tournament in golf.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

269 - Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 67 66 69 67
271 - Jbe' Kruger 65 70 71 65, Hennie Otto 72 66 65 68
272 - Marco Crespi (ITA) 65 67 70 70, Charl Schwartzel 67 65 69 71
273 - Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 69 67 69 68
274 - Trevor Fisher Jnr 70 67 73 64, Johan Carlsson (SWE) 69 70 68 67
275 - Warren Abery 68 71 68 68
276 - Garth Mulroy 70 67 70 69, Christiaan Basson 66 68 71 71
277 - Jean Hugo 71 67 70 69, Martin du Toit 70 70 68 69, Peter Karmis 69 72 67 69, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 71 68 68 70, Jaco Van Zyl 71 70 66 70
278 - Daan Huizing (NED) 68 69 73 68, Thomas Levet (FRA) 69 70 70 69, Peter Whiteford(SCO) 71 68 70 69, Merrick Bremner 73 69 67 69, Thomas Aiken 70 67 71 70
279 - Michael Hollick 75 67 68 69, James Morrison (ENG) 69 66 74 70, Tom Lewis (ENG) 68 68 72 71, Ross Fisher (ENG) 71 69 68 71, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 72 70 66 71, Ulrich van den Berg 70 66 71 72, Retief Goosen 66 71 70 72
281 - Jared Harvey 71 69 70 71, Anthony Wall (ENG) 70 70 70 71, PH McIntyre 73 68 69 71, Seve Benson (ENG) 72 70 68 71, Sihwan Kim (KOR) 72 70 66 73
282 - Alastair Forsyth (SCO) 72 66 71 73, Oliver Bekker 70 69 70 73, Matthew Nixon (ENG) 64 72 72 74
283 - Vaughn Groenewald 70 70 74 69, Christopher Doak (SCO) 71 68 74 70, Darren Fichardt 77 65 69 72, Andrea Pavan (ITA) 67 70 68 78
284 - Danie van Tonder 68 70 75 71, Attie Schwartzel 67 71 73 73, Heinrich Bruiners 69 72 70 73, Keenan Davidse 70 72 68 74, Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 72 68 66 78
285 - Allan Versfeld 71 68 74 72, Neil Schietekat 69 68 74 74, Alexander Levy (FRA) 69 72 69 75, Adam Gee (ENG) 73 69 67 76
286 - Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 73 67 75 71, Bennie van der Merwe 69 70 75 72
287 - Charl Coetzee 70 71 75 71, Justin Walters 72 70 71 74, James Heath (ENG) 75 66 71 75, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 72 69 70 76, Simon Dyson (ENG) 68 74 68 77, James Kamte 69 67 70 81
288 - Jamie McLeary (SCO) 74 68 75 71
289 - Doug McGuigan 71 70 78 70, David Drysdale (SCO) 71 71 75 72, Simon Thornton (IRL) 70 72 75 72, Louis Taylor (AMA) 71 70 70 78, Steve Surry (ENG) 68 73 70 78
290 - Chris Swanepoel 70 71 78 71, JJ Senekal 71 70 70 79
292 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 73 69 76 74

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