Anders Hansen held his nerve on the final hole of the Joburg Open to claim a birdie and win the title from Andrew McLardy.
The Dane was level with McLardy at 14 under going to the par five 18th hole, and gave himself every chance of winning by leaving his second shot 25 feet from the hole.
He missed the eagle chance, but made birdie from three feet to finish with a 15 under 269 total and see off South African McLardy, who had chances to pick up shots over the closing holes.
Hansen’s final round five under 66 was enough to claim the €174,350 prize on his way to a third European Tour title.
He said: “I think it means a lot to win obviously – because that’s of course what we’re here for. Especially after the first day, where the first two holes I started double bogey-bogey and think ‘what is this?’ But I turned that round around and got off to a flying start the second day. I couldn’t keep it going, but that sort of helped me put things into perspective thinking about the next day.
I thought 15 under was going to be the winning score, so I was right.”
The 38 year old’s biggest move came on the front nine where he claimed five birdies, including four in four holes to make the turn in 31. But a bogey on the par three 12th hole saw him slip back before he hit back on the final hole.
“(On the last) I was focussed on just hitting a good drive and I did that. I hit a great second shot and the two putt was enough, so it’s great.”
There was FJ success thorughout the top 10, as 9 of the top 10 and ties chose to put their trust, and their feet, in FootJoy shoes. Many of them also chose the tried and tested performance of a FootJoy glove, including the winner Hansen, runner-up McLardy and star of the future Danny Willett.
Englishman Willett, who began his round with a bogey before finishing birdie-birdie for a round of 68 said: “Yeah, it was a good finish. I turned in one over and not really playing very good and then tried to get it going on the back nine. I had a really good finish then down 17 and 18, so yeah, I’m quite happy.
“A top five this week gets me into next week at Abu Dhabi, which I wouldn’t have got in otherwise. I’m just trying to play well this year, keep plodding along and hopefully keep my card, so we’ll see what happens.”
Hansen put his trust in the renowned FootJoy Classics®, McLardy opted for the supreme comfort of Contour Series™, and Englishmen David Drysdale and Danny Willett chose DryJoys® featuring PODS™ technology.
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