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Round 4 - Brandon Stone claims maiden European Tour title

January 11, 2016

Brandon Stone won the South African Open on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title, becoming the youngest player to win the event since it joined the tour schedule in 1997.

The 22-year-old South African finished with a roller-coaster round of 71 that had seven birdies and also six bogeys, but it was still enough for a two-shot win over fellow home player Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Stone finished 14 under par at Glendower Golf Club in a tournament that was interrupted by stormy weather, forcing the first three rounds to be suspended and carried over to the following day.

Stone was in tears after completing victory at golf's second oldest national open after the British Open. He held a five-shot lead at one point but had to fight in the end to hold off Bezuidenhout's late charge.

Bezuidenhout finished with a superb 5-under 67 to nearly steal victory at the end.

Englishman Daniel Brooks, who was tied for the lead with Stone when the third round was suspended on Saturday, closed with a 72 to finish 11 under and three shots behind Stone in third. Brooks held a two-shot lead with nine holes to play, but couldn't keep that momentum.

Stone only claimed his first professional victory late last year on the South African Sunshine Tour.

He appeared to have blown his chances at Glendower with a run of three straight bogeys and four dropped shots in five holes approaching the turn on Sunday. He shrugged that off to collect four birdies in five holes from No. 12 and finished par-par to win.

The tears began to flow for Stone on the green at No. 18 when he put his third shot close, pretty much guaranteeing him victory. He rolled in the par putt and had to wait for the last few players to come home. No one had a realistic chance of catching him.

Retief Goosen finished in a four-way tie for fourth on 9 under alongside Branden Grace, Justin Walters and Keith Horne.

Round 3 - Brandon Stone and Daniel Brooks lead storm hit event

January 10, 2016

South Africa's Brandon Stone and Daniel Brooks of England shared the lead at the lightning-plagued SA Open on Saturday when only three players managed to complete their third rounds.

Both men were locked at 10 under for the tournament at the Glendower Golf Club when play was halted for the third consecutive day.

Brooks had been one of 78 players who had to return early on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds and he had opened up a one-shot midway lead with six birdies in his last 11 holes moving him to nine under par.

The Englishman also picked up a shot on the front nine in his third round but Stone reeled him in at ten under with five birdies in his 11 holes before the players were brought off due to the threat of lightning.

South African Keith Horne was two shots off the pace and on the ninth hole at eight under.

Brooks is used to winning in rough weather, having won his only European Tour title at the Madeira Islands Open in 2014, which was reduced to 36 holes.

Stone, 22, has two top tens in 27 appearances on The European Tour and won a maiden Sunshine Tour event in November.

Four-time major winner and tournament host Ernie Els missed the cut by one shot.

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was also packing his bags after rounds of 75 and 72.

Round 2 - Branden Grace joins lead before storm hits

January 9, 2016

Branden Grace's charge up the leaderboard at the SA Open was halted by stormy weather Friday, with play abandoned midway through the second round.

The South African was tied for the lead with countryman Keith Horne at 8 under, after going through 11 holes in 5 under, when play was called off for the day at Glendower Golf Club because of the threat of lightning.

Horne held the clubhouse lead after shooting a 3-under 69 to follow up his first-round 67.

Eleven of the leading 13 players are from South Africa, which has delivered 12 winners in 19 editions of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1997.

Jbe Kruger is a shot behind after a 70. Justin Walters (70), Brandon Stone (67) and Ross McGowan (70) were at 6-under 138 after two rounds.

Play also ended early on Thursday because of similar bad weather, meaning 33 people had to return early Friday to complete their first round. Seventy-eight of the remaining 154 players are yet to finish their second rounds.

Grace is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 14 and has won three of his six European Tour titles in his native country. He sank birdie putts from Nos. 2-5 and also picked up shots at Nos. 10 and 11.

Playing alongside Grace, Jaco van Zyl was the first-round leader after a 65 but he bogeyed three of the first nine holes in his second round before a double-bogey at No. 10, after finding the water, dropped him to 3 under. He still had seven holes to play.

It was even worse for Shaun Norris, who was a shot behind Van Zyl after the first round. Norris dropped 11 shots in 12 holes Friday, leaving him on 5 over and likely to miss the cut.

Round 1 - Jaco van Zyl leads with opening 65

January 8, 2016

Jaco van Zyl shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to top a South African-dominated leaderboard in the first round of the SA Open, the European Tour's first event of 2016.

Van Zyl maintained the form that put him in ties for eighth and 13th at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship and Nedbank Golf Challenge before Christmas, hitting six birdies and an eagle.

It was the 36-year-old Van Zyl's first round of golf without the assistance of knee braces since he underwent surgery to both knees in March 2014.

Shaun Norris was alone in second place after a 66, and Jbe Kruger and Keith Horne were tied for third at 5 under at Glendower Golf Club as South Africans filled the top four places. Two more were in a six-way tie at 4 under - Justin Walters and 2006 winner Retief Goosen - on a low-scoring day when the rough was less penal after a recent drought and heatwave.

Defending champion Andy Sullivan of England shot 3 over and was 10 strokes off the pace.

Play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning, with 33 players still to finish their rounds. Nicolas Colsaerts (shoulder) and Richard Finch (Achilles) retired in the first round.

Van Zyl has 13 victories on South Africa's Sunshine Tour but is yet to win on the European Tour, with the most recent of his four runner-up finishes coming at the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

''I've had a couple of weeks off, spending time with the family,'' Van Zyl said. ''I've had my fair share of whisky and Christmas pudding so it was really nice to get off to a good start.''

Starting at No. 10, Van Zyl picked up four shots on his front nine, and moved to 7 under after an eagle 3 at the par-5 second hole. He made up for his only bogey of the round, on No. 7, by making a birdie from three feet on the next hole.

Scores

1 RSA Brandon Stone -14 71 67 65 71 274
2 RSA Christiaan Bezuidenhout -12 70 69 70 67 276
3 ENG Daniel Brooks -11 68 67 70 72 277
T4 RSA Retief Goosen -9 68 72 69 70 279
T4 RSA Branden Grace -9 69 68 72 70 279
T4 RSA Keith Horne -9 67 69 72 71 279
T4 RSA Justin Walters -9 68 70 70 71 279
T8 RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. -8 71 73 66 70 280
T8 USA Daniel Im -8 73 70 72 65 280
T10 RSA Dean Burmester -7 70 70 72 69 281
T10 RSA Mark Williams -7 71 69 72 69 281
T12 ESP Jorge Campillo -6 72 70 71 69 282
T12 FRA Thomas Linard -6 68 74 72 68 282
T12 RSA Zander Lombard (am) -6 71 72 67 72 282
T12 ENG Ross McGowan -6 68 70 70 74 282
T12 ENG Robert Rock -6 70 74 71 67 282
T12 AUS Jason Scrivener -6 72 71 73 66 282
T18 RSA Dylan Frittelli -5 74 71 69 69 283
T18 RSA Erik Van Rooyen -5 73 71 69 70 283
T18 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -5 65 78 68 72 283
T21 FRA Clement Berardo -4 70 70 70 74 284
T21 FRA Gregory Bourdy -4 70 73 68 73 284
T21 GER Dominic Foos (am) -4 74 70 68 72 284
T21 RSA Jacques Kruyswijk -4 69 70 73 72 284
T21 SCO Craig Lee -4 72 70 68 74 284
T21 RSA Doug McGuigan -4 71 74 69 70 284
T27 SCO David Drysdale -3 69 76 71 69 285
T27 RSA Anthony Michael -3 69 72 71 73 285
T27 ITA Renato Paratore -3 74 69 67 75 285
T27 ITA Nicolo Ravano -3 69 72 72 72 285
T27 ENG Lee Slattery -3 75 68 73 69 285
T32 RSA Ruan De Smidt -2 70 70 77 69 286
T32 ARG Estanislao Goya -2 68 75 70 73 286
T32 ZMB Madalitso Muthiya -2 74 72 64 76 286
T32 RSA Richard Sterne -2 72 74 67 73 286
T32 ENG Graeme Storm -2 72 70 71 73 286
T32 RSA Tjaart Van Der Walt -2 74 71 72 69 286
T38 RSA Jacques Blaauw -1 74 72 68 73 287
T38 ENG Ben Evans -1 71 73 74 69 287
T38 RSA Daniel Greene -1 73 66 73 75 287
T38 ENG David Howell -1 71 73 74 69 287
T38 SCO Jamie McLeary -1 72 73 69 73 287
T38 RSA Lyle Rowe -1 73 72 73 69 287
T38 FRA Romain Wattel -1 74 70 72 71 287
T45 ITA Nino Bertasio Par 69 69 77 73 288
T45 RSA Vaughn Groenewald Par 72 71 74 71 288
T45 RSA Jbe Kruger Par 67 70 75 76 288
T45 ENG Richard McEvoy Par 75 69 72 72 288
T45 RSA Hennie Otto Par 76 67 75 70 288
T45 RSA Chris Swanepoel Par 70 71 67 80 288
T51 DNK Lasse Jensen 1 73 72 72 72 289
T51 RSA Michael G Palmer 1 70 70 76 73 289
T51 RSA Neil Schietekat 1 74 72 72 71 289
T51 ENG Matthew Southgate 1 70 70 75 74 289
T55 RSA Merrick Bremner 2 72 73 73 72 290
T55 RSA Wallie Coetsee 2 70 75 70 75 290
T55 RSA Louis De Jager 2 72 70 71 77 290
T55 RSA Cameron Moralee 2 69 71 76 74 290
T59 BRA Adilson Da Silva 3 74 71 75 71 291
T59 RSA Alex Haindl 3 71 75 73 72 291
T59 ENG Chris Hanson 3 74 67 76 74 291
T62 ENG David Dixon 4 72 73 75 72 292
T62 WAL Stuart Manley 4 72 73 74 73 292
T64 ENG Laurie Canter 5 69 71 77 76 293
T64 RSA JC Ritchie 5 72 72 75 74 293
66 SWE Johan Carlsson 6 70 76 77 71 294
67 RSA Dwayne Basson 7 75 70 77 73 295
68 RSA Le Roux Ferreira 10 74 71 75 78 298
CUT RSA Oliver Bekker 3 71 76 - - 147
CUT RSA Louis Calitz 3 77 70 - - 147
CUT RSA Ernie Els 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT ESP Nacho Elvira 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT ENG Daniel Gavins 3 70 77 - - 147
CUT RSA Peter Karmis 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT RSA Callum Mowat 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT RSA Lindani Ndwandwe 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT RSA Derick Petersen 3 77 70 - - 147
CUT RSA Jaco Prinsloo 3 73 74 - - 147
CUT ENG Andrew Sullivan 3 75 72 - - 147
CUT RSA Jaco Ahlers 4 72 76 - - 148
CUT RSA Christiaan Basson 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT RSA George Coetzee 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT RSA Andrew Curlewis 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 4 71 77 - - 148
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 4 74 74 - - 148
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher 4 71 77 - - 148
CUT ENG Matt Ford 4 75 73 - - 148
CUT RSA Jared Harvey 4 76 72 - - 148
CUT RSA Jean Hugo 4 71 77 - - 148
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 4 71 77 - - 148
CUT RSA Tyrone Mordt 4 73 75 - - 148
CUT RSA Garth Mulroy 4 69 79 - - 148
CUT GER Marcel Siem 4 70 78 - - 148
CUT RSA Ulrich Van den Berg 4 74 74 - - 148
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 5 72 77 - - 149
CUT ENG Gary Boyd 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT RSA Tyrone Ferreira 5 73 76 - - 149
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 5 74 75 - - 149
CUT RSA Daniel Hammond 5 74 75 - - 149
CUT RSA Trevor Immelman 5 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Andrew Johnston 5 76 73 - - 149
CUT RSA Darryn Lloyd 5 76 73 - - 149
CUT RSA David Meyers 5 71 78 - - 149
CUT RSA Titch Moore 5 73 76 - - 149
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 5 71 78 - - 149
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 5 70 79 - - 149
CUT FRA Gary Stal 5 74 75 - - 149
CUT RSA Ockie Strydom 5 72 77 - - 149
CUT RSA Michiel Bothma 6 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG James Busby 6 77 73 - - 150
CUT NAM Trevor Dodds 6 78 72 - - 150
CUT ENG Ryan Evans 6 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Teaghan Gauche 6 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Andrew Georgiou 6 73 77 - - 150
CUT RSA Herman Loubser 6 74 76 - - 150
CUT AUT Lukas Nemecz 6 77 73 - - 150
CUT RSA Shaun Norris 6 66 84 - - 150
CUT ENG James Robinson 6 78 72 - - 150
CUT RSA Tristen Strydom 6 78 72 - - 150
CUT ENG Seve Benson 7 80 71 - - 151
CUT SWE Marcus Kinhult 7 76 75 - - 151
CUT ITA Francesco Laporta 7 75 76 - - 151
CUT ESP Pablo Martin Benavides 7 71 80 - - 151
CUT RSA Colin Nel 7 73 78 - - 151
CUT ENG John Parry 7 79 72 - - 151
CUT RSA Jake Redman 7 72 79 - - 151
CUT RSA Danie Van Tonder 7 74 77 - - 151
CUT RSA Jason Froneman 8 74 78 - - 152
CUT DNK Joachim B Hansen 8 79 73 - - 152
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 9 74 79 - - 153
CUT RSA CJ Du Plessis 9 74 79 - - 153
CUT RSA Albert Venter 9 74 79 - - 153
CUT ESP Borja Virto 9 78 75 - - 153
CUT RSA Justin Harding 10 75 79 - - 154
CUT RSA Michael Hollick 10 73 81 - - 154
CUT GBR Jeff Inglis 10 73 81 - - 154
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 10 78 76 - - 154
CUT RSA Heinrich Bruiners 11 79 76 - - 155
CUT RSA Rourke Van Der Spuy 11 77 78 - - 155
CUT SCO Daniel Young 11 79 76 - - 155
CUT RSA Jade Buitendag 12 74 82 - - 156
CUT RSA PH McIntyre 12 78 78 - - 156
CUT ENG Mark Foster 13 77 80 - - 157
CUT RSA Eddie Taylor 13 76 81 - - 157
CUT RSA Rhys West 13 75 82 - - 157
CUT RSA Jean-Paul Strydom 14 82 76 - - 158
CUT ENG Oliver Wilson 14 80 78 - - 158
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen 15 79 80 - - 159
CUT RSA Jack Kutumane 16 79 81 - - 160
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 17 79 82 - - 161
CUT RSA Andre Nel 20 81 83 - - 164
RET BEL Nicolas Colsaerts 4 - - - - 0
RET ENG Richard Finch 4 - - - - 0

 





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