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Tshwane Open 2018

DATES: March 01-04
SITE: Pretoria Golf Club, Gauteng, South Africa
PRIZE MONEY: ZAR 15,000,000
Co-Sanction: Sunshine Tour

Round 4 - George Coetzee wins second Tshwane Open

March 04, 2018

An impressive five-birdie final nine paved the way for South African George Coetzee to become the first two-time winner of the Tshwane Open European Tour event on Sunday.

The 31-year-old carded a four-under 67 at Pretoria Country Club, his home course, after a final round twice suspended by thunder storms as the tournament drew to a close.

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His four-round total of 266 -- 18 under par -- gave him a two-shot victory in an event he also won three years ago.

After a bouncing back from two early bogeys with a pair of birdies on the front nine, Coetzee birdied five holes on the inward trek and bogeyed only one.

The Tshwane Open has been dominated by South Africans with England's Ross Fisher the only foreign winner in six tournaments.

Sam Horsfield, a 21-year-old Englishman who turned professional only last year, finished with three consecutive birdies to card a 67 and snatch second place.

Finn Mikko Korhonen, who led Coetzee by one shot halfway through the last round, closed with a 68 to come third after finishing joint-second last year.

Success on the course he first played as a 10-year-old was worth $215,000/175,000 euros to Coetzee, who has also won the Joburg Open and Mauritius Open on the European circuit.

After closing with a birdie four after a superb third shot from a greenside bunker, Coetzee was hugged by his two young daughters and his wife.

"I want to thank the crowd who backed me all day -- I could not have won this competition again without them," he said.

"A lot has happened since I last won here, including a serious ankle injury while surfing. It is good to be the Tshwane Open champion again.

"I struggled on the front nine throughout this tournament and when I turned one behind Mikko, I feared it would not be my week.

"But it all came together on the back nine with some great putting. The hold-ups due to the weather did not help and my lead slipped from four shots to two with one hole to play.

"There was some dew on the ball and that effected my decision making, but it was wonderful to finish with a birdie in front of my supporters."

The par-four 15th proved a crucial hole in the battle between Coetzee and Korhonen with the South African holing a birdie putt while an underhit edge-of-green chip cost the Finn a bogey.

Far from the glare of the leadership battle, Spaniard Pablo Oriol and South African Toto Thimba produced the two lowest rounds of the week.

Oriol fired a nine-under 62 despite a bogey as he eagled one hole and birdied eight while Thimba had eight birdies in his 63.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
George Coetzee
RSA
-18
67
64
68
67
266
2
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-16
68
69
64
67
268
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-15
68
64
69
68
269

Score details

Round 3 - George Coetzee increases lead in South Africa

March 03, 2018

South African George Coetzee, playing on his home course, increased his lead to two shots Saturday after three rounds of the European Tour Tshwane Open.

He fired a three-under-par 68 at Pretoria Country Club for a tournament total of 199, 14 under par over the 6,476-metre/7,081-yard layout, after being one stroke ahead overnight.

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Coetzee, whose three European Tour victories include the 2015 Tshwane Open, is followed on the leaderboard by Sam Horsfield of England and Mikko Korhonen of Finland.

Horsfield carded a 64 -- the best round of the day -- while Korhonen shot a 69 in hot, clear conditions.

South Africans Thomas Aiken (67) and Eric van Rooyen (67), Scott Jamieson (67) of Scotland and Chilean Felipe Aguilar (71) are on 203, four strokes behind the leader.

Coetzee is hoping to become the first two-time winner of the Tshwane Open and the sixth South African victor in the seven-year-old competition.

His score would have been even lower but for a bogey six on the final hole of a course he first played as a 10 year old.

Coetzee, who has also won the Joburg Open and Mauritius Open on the European Tour, picked up five birdies and bogeyed two holes.

"I am looking forward to the final round, but I am not thinking anything beyond that at the moment," said the leader.

"It is great to have the local support here and, hopefully, I can give them something to cheer about on Sunday afternoon.

"I'm happy with how I played. The front nine was not that great, but I managed to play really nice golf from 10 onwards."

Horsfield, who turned professional last year and is ranked 754 in the world, closed the gap behind Coetzee from six shots overnight to two.

He birdied the first four holes, added a fifth on the front nine and secured two more at 11 and 12 to match the lowest score of the week.

Korhonen, a Tshwane Open runner-up last year, bogeyed two holes before a change of fortune from 12 delivered four birdies.

Danny Willett of England and Julian Suri of the United States, two high-profile competitors in the field, are well back.

Willett, the 2016 US Masters champion, shot a 71 and is 10 strokes behind Coetzee with 18 holes remaining.

Suri, ranked 70 in the world and the lone top-100 golfer at the Tshwane Open, returned a 72 for a 211 total.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
George Coetzee
RSA
-14
67
64
68
199
T2
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-12
68
64
69
201
T2
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
68
69
64
201
T4
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
68
68
67
203
T4
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-10
65
67
71
203
T4
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-10
67
69
67
203
T4
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-10
65
71
67
203
T8
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-8
67
72
66
205
T8
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-8
67
72
66
205
T8
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-8
69
70
66
205
T8
Shaun Norris
RSA
-8
66
72
67
205
T8
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
69
68
68
205

Round 2 - George Coetzee takes 1-stroke lead in Pretoria

March 02, 2018

South African George Coetzee took advantage of playing on his home course in Pretoria to shoot a second-round 64 Friday and lead the European Tour Tshwane Open by one stroke.

Coetzee, 31, first played the Pretoria Country Club layout in an upscale suburb when he was 10 and won the Tshwane Open there three years ago.

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Starting his round at the 10th, he staged a birdie blitz on his first nine, securing six within seven holes from the 12th, and added one more later.

Chilean Felipe Aguilar and Finn Mikko Korhonen, a Tshwane Open runner-up last year, share second place one stroke behind Coetzee.

Aguilar shot a 67 that included an eagle in hot, clear conditions while Korhonen matched Coetzee with a birdie-peppered 64.

Overnight leader Louis de Jager managed only a par 71 and shares fourth place with fellow South Africans JC Ritchie (67) and Justin Walters (68) and Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia (68).

"I am happy to have posted two pretty good rounds," three-time European Tour winner Coetzee said.

"I will try and just focus on playing decent golf and posting good scores during the final two rounds at the weekend.

"It was a nice stretch on the back nine -- my front nine -- where I got a lot of birdies in a row.

"On the front nine -- my back nine -- I felt like I played pretty well, I just did not get the ball in the hole. I guess that is the way golf works.

"My short game feels good and it keeps me in the mix."

Coetzee will hope to become the fifth South African winner of the six-year Tshwane Open with Ross Fisher of England to only foreigner to finish first.

Korhonen had an eagle and six birdies on a card spoilt only by a bogey five on the first hole of the 6,476-metre/7,081-yard course.

Two-time European Tour winner Aguilar sparkled on the first nine with an eagle and three birdies, but a less impressive second nine produced only one birdie and two bogeys.

American Julian Suri, ranked 70 in the world and the only top-100 golfer in the field, slumped to a 74 after sharing second place overnight and is eight shots off the pace.

His front nine included two birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys and the second nine of an erratic round had three birdies and two bogeys.

Former US Masters champion Danny Willett of England, the only Major winner in the tournament, shot a 68 and is seven strokes adrift of Coetzee.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
George Coetzee
RSA
-11
67
64
131
T2
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-10
65
67
132
T2
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-10
68
64
132
T4
JC Ritchie
RSA
-7
68
67
135
T4
Justin Walters
RSA
-7
67
68
135
T4
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
64
71
135
T4
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-7
67
68
135
T8
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
67
69
136
T8
Clement Sordet
FRA
-6
68
68
136
T8
Combrinck Smit
RSA
-6
66
70
136
T8
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
68
68
136
T8
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
67
69
136
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-6
65
71
136

Round 1 - Louis de Jager leading Tshwane Open

March 01, 2018

Louis de Jager's strong finish gave him a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tshwane Open in South Africa on Thursday.

De Jager birdied three of his last four holes for a 7-under 64 to move just ahead of fellow South African Thomas Aiken, Julian Suri of the United States, and Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

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De Jager hasn't won a European Tour event but his best result came at this event in 2013, when he tied for third.

Starting on No. 9, de Jager had two good runs at Pretoria Country Club. He finished his opening nine with three straight birdies before picking up another three as he came home.

Aiken, a three-time winner on the tour, reeled off five birdies in five holes after starting with a bogey. He had eight birdies in all in his 6-under 65.

Suri, who won for the first time on the European Tour last year, dropped just one shot on his way round.

Aguilar also had seven birdies and a single bogey.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
64
T2
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-6
65
T2
Julian Suri
USA
-6
65
T2
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-6
65
T5
Combrinck Smit
RSA
-5
66
T5
Shaun Norris
RSA
-5
66
T7
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-4
67
T7
Breyten Meyer
RSA
-4
67
T7
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
67
T7
Christopher Mivis
BEL
-4
67
T7
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-4
67
T7
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
67
T7
J. J. Senekal
RSA
-4
67
T7
Jeff Winther
SWE
-4
67
T7
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-4
67
T7
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
67
T7
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
67
T7
Patrick Newcomb
USA
-4
67
T7
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-4
67
T7
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
67
T7
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-4
67
T7
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-4
67
T7
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-4
67

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
George Coetzee
RSA
-18
67
64
68
67
266
2
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-16
68
69
64
67
268
3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-15
68
64
69
68
269
T4
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-14
67
72
66
65
270
T4
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-14
65
67
71
67
270
T4
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-14
69
70
66
65
270
7
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-13
67
69
67
68
271
T8
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-11
71
69
71
62
273
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-11
65
71
67
70
273
10
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
68
68
67
71
274
T11
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-9
67
72
66
70
275
T11
Connor Syme
SCO
-9
70
68
68
69
275
T13
JC Ritchie
RSA
-8
68
67
74
67
276
T13
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
-8
71
69
69
67
276
T13
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-8
68
69
69
70
276
T13
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
69
68
68
71
276
T17
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-7
67
69
72
69
277
T17
J. J. Senekal
RSA
-7
67
72
69
69
277
T17
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-7
73
65
70
69
277
T17
Peter Karmis
RSA
-7
69
70
72
66
277
T21
Bryce Easton
RSA
-6
68
69
70
71
278
T21
David Howell
ENG
-6
70
70
68
70
278
T21
Jeff Winther
SWE
-6
67
72
70
69
278
T21
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-6
70
69
67
72
278
T21
Justin Walters
RSA
-6
67
68
74
69
278
T21
Laurie Canter
ENG
-6
73
64
69
72
278
T21
Richard Sterne
RSA
-6
67
73
70
68
278
T21
Ryan Evans
ENG
-6
69
71
68
70
278
T29
Danny Willett
ENG
-5
70
68
71
70
279
T29
Hennie Otto
RSA
-5
69
70
68
72
279
T29
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-5
69
69
68
73
279
T29
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-5
67
70
72
70
279
T29
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
72
66
74
67
279
T29
Louis De Jager
RSA
-5
64
71
73
71
279
T29
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
68
72
71
68
279
T29
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
-5
69
71
69
70
279
T29
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-5
67
68
74
70
279
T38
Breyten Meyer
RSA
-4
67
72
72
69
280
T38
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-4
69
68
72
71
280
T38
Daniel Greene
RSA
-4
70
71
68
71
280
T38
Dawie van der Walt
RSA
-4
72
68
72
68
280
T38
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-4
69
72
71
68
280
T38
Kyle McClatchie
RSA
-4
69
72
70
69
280
T38
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-4
68
69
70
73
280
T38
Patrick Newcomb
USA
-4
67
72
72
69
280
T38
Shaun Norris
RSA
-4
66
72
67
75
280
T38
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
-4
70
71
76
63
280
T48
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
70
70
70
71
281
T48
Julian Suri
USA
-3
65
74
72
70
281
T48
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
67
71
76
67
281
T48
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-3
67
74
74
66
281
T48
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-3
71
70
69
71
281
T48
Tjaart Van Der Walt
RSA
-3
71
70
70
70
281
T54
Alex Haindl
RSA
-2
69
69
72
72
282
T54
Clement Sordet
FRA
-2
68
68
73
73
282
T54
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
68
70
75
69
282
T54
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
-2
68
69
73
72
282
T54
Toby Tree
ENG
-2
70
69
71
72
282
T59
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
70
70
76
67
283
T59
Jean Hugo
RSA
-1
69
71
68
75
283
T61
Combrinck Smit
RSA
Par
66
70
76
72
284
T61
Matthew Carvell
RSA
Par
69
69
68
78
284
T63
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
69
72
73
71
285
T63
Christopher Mivis
BEL
1
67
74
73
71
285
T63
Julien Quesne
FRA
1
73
68
70
74
285
T66
Charlie Ford
ENG
3
72
68
74
73
287
T66
Madalitso Muthiya
ZAM
3
72
69
72
74
287
68
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
4
71
70
69
78
288
69
Mark Williams
RSA
5
70
71
78
70
289
T70
Darren Fichardt
RSA
7
68
73
73
77
291
T70
Lyle Rowe
RSA
7
70
71
72
78
291
T72
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
9
69
70
75
79
293
T72
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
9
68
73
73
79
293
CUT
Callum Mowat
RSA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Christiaan Basson
RSA
Par
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Garth Mulroy
RSA
Par
69
73
-
-
142
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
Par
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Oliver Bekker
RSA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
Par
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
69
73
-
-
142
CUT
Wallie Coetsee
RSA
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Doug McGuigan
RSA
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
James Heath
ENG
1
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
68
76
-
-
144
CUT
Damon Stephenson
AUS
2
70
74
-
-
144
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
69
75
-
-
144
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
71
73
-
-
144
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
2
72
72
-
-
144
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
2
70
74
-
-
144
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
70
74
-
-
144
CUT
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
2
69
75
-
-
144
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Chris Lloyd
ENG
3
77
68
-
-
145
CUT
Daan Huizing
NED
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
James Kingston
RSA
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Rhys West
RSA
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Riekus Nortje
RSA
3
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
3
67
78
-
-
145
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Anthony Michael
RSA
4
70
76
-
-
146
CUT
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
4
69
77
-
-
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
4
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Jacquin Hess
RSA
5
76
71
-
-
147
CUT
Keith Horne
RSA
5
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Makgetha Mazibuko
RSA
5
76
71
-
-
147
CUT
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
5
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Zack Byrd
USA
5
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
6
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Chris Cannon
ENG
6
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Lindani Ndwandwe
RSA
6
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Marcel Schneider
GER
6
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
6
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
C. J. Du Plessis
RSA
7
77
72
-
-
149
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
7
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Marc Cayeux
ZIM
7
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
MJ Viljoen
RSA
8
74
76
-
-
150
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
8
71
79
-
-
150
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
8
71
79
-
-
150
CUT
Rhys Enoch
WAL
8
74
76
-
-
150
CUT
Titch Moore
RSA
9
73
78
-
-
151
CUT
Dwayne Basson
RSA
10
70
82
-
-
152
CUT
Jared Harvey
RSA
10
74
78
-
-
152
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
11
79
74
-
-
153
CUT
Altaaf Bux
RSA
12
79
75
-
-
154
CUT
Petr Dedek
CZE
26
83
85
-
-
168
RET
Chase Koepka
USA
Par
77
-
-
-
77
RET
Daniel Brooks
ENG
Par
76
-
-
-
76
RET
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
Par
68
-
-
-
68



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