SOMERSET WEST (South Africa): Local favourite Trevor Immelman birdied the first extra hole of a sudden death playoff to claim his maiden European Tour victory at the South African Open yesterday.
Immelman and compatriot Tim Clark, the defending champion, both ended the regulation 72 holes on 14-under-par 274 at the Erinvale Golf Club after rounds of 67 and 69 respectively.
The 23-year-old Immelman birdied six of the last 12 holes to force a playoff and then hit a nine iron to five inches on the par-four 18th for a birdie and a remarkable victory having started the day three shots off the lead.
“I don’t really know what to say,” said an emotional Immelman who was a runner-up three times on the Tour in 2002.
“I’ve been dreaming about this moment for so long and for it to happen here at home, in front of people I’ve known forever ... you guys (media) are going to have to find the words because I don’t have the vocabulary for it.”
Third round leader Jean Hugo fell away in the closing holes with a bogey at the 16th and a double bogey at the 17th, which has been the hardest hole on the course the entire week. – Reuters