Gran Canaria Lopesan Open R4

Higgo claims second European Tour title in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria 2021 R4
April 22-25
Meloneras Golf by Lopesan, Gran Canaria, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Gran Canaria 2021 R4 - Higgo claims second European Tour title in Gran Canaria
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Garrick Higgo held off the challenge of Maximilian Kieffer to win his second European Tour title at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

“It’s unreal. Jeez, I can’t put it into words, it feels amazing. It’s quite a relief finishing now.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R4

The South African had carded the lowest round of his European Tour career with a 63 on day three to put himself in the driving seat and he had extended his lead to four shots by the turn.

Kieffer – fresh off a play-off defeat last week in Austria – came home in 30 to sign for a 62 and pile on the pressure but Higgo kept his cool and registered another 63 to get 25 under par and seal a three shot victory.

“I felt great yesterday so I was looking forward to getting out today,” said Kieffer. “I hit great shots the front nine, wouldn’t say I struggled but the putting wasn’t as great as it has been the first two days maybe, and I three putted nine which was a bit disappointing at that moment, but then the back nine I started to just go for it. A nice eagle on ten and from then on, I just played phenomenal golf on the back nine.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R4

“I thought shot by shot. I think I birdied the short par four over the cliff which is the toughest drive, and I think I was 21-under then and I thought maybe I am close now but then I saw that Garrick was 23 so my mindset didn’t change at all. I was just trying to make as many birdies as possible.”

“I was just trying to go shot for shot. Even though it is windy you have to have the mindset. I learnt that last week. You have to have the mindset to make as many birdies as possible, so I was just trying to do that, and I did a decent job of that on the back nine today.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R4

Dane Jeff Winther picked up four shots in his last three holes to sign for a 64 and get to 21-under, two shots clear of England’s Sam Horsfield.

Higgo’s maiden victory at last season’s Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos came in just his seventh event and this triumph at Meloneras Golf arrives in his 24th.

That makes him the fastest South African to two wins in European Tour history not including Major Championships, and the victory could also move the 21-year-old up to a career best 65th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I wasn’t nervous on the outside, but it was the first time ever that I have had a lead, you know starting the day, because all my other wins have been from behind,” said Higgo. “So I know what it is like to beat someone and I knew that it could change even on the 17th, so I was just trying to keep myself in the battle.”


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“There is always room for improvement. My game is trending the right way. I have been working hard and there are things I can get better at, so I will just take every week as it comes and see where my game goes.”

“All of us dream to do things amazing. I spoke to Gary (Player) last night actually and he just said that there is no such thing as a lead and you should play like you are two behind, so that was nice from him and he has said it to me so many times, but I have never really had a lead, so I haven’t had to worry about that.”

Higgo’s victory secured a South African double, with Brandon Stone having won the Limpopo Championship on the European Challenge Tour earlier in the day, and his birdie on 18 meant he also claimed the 500th win by a former Challenge Tour player on the European Tour.

Gran Canaria 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Garrick Higgo
-25
65
64
63
63
255
2
Maximilian Kieffer
-22
63
65
68
62
258
3
Jeff Winther
-21
67
66
62
64
259
4
Sam Horsfield
-19
69
61
65
66
261
T5
Thorbjørn Olesen
-18
65
61
70
66
262
T5
Connor Syme
-18
71
61
62
68
262
7
Joachim B. Hansen
-17
63
67
66
67
263
T8
Richard Bland
-16
64
66
68
66
264
T8
Joost Luiten
-16
63
68
66
67
264
T8
Matthieu Pavon
-16
66
64
64
70
264
T8
Marcel Schneider
-16
68
66
65
65
264
T8
Matthias Schwab
-16
65
63
66
70
264
T8
Jack Senior
-16
66
65
67
66
264
T8
Darius van Driel
-16
66
65
67
66
264
T15
Jamie Donaldson
-15
65
67
64
69
265
T15
Justin Harding
-15
65
67
65
68
265
T15
Nicolai Højgaard
-15
67
64
66
68
265
T15
Adrian Meronk
-15
67
68
66
64
265
T15
Guido Migliozzi
-15
70
64
62
69
265
T15
Antoine Rozner
-15
66
68
67
64
265
T21
Maverick Antcliff
-14
66
63
71
66
266
T21
Alexander Björk
-14
67
66
64
69
266
T21
Jonathan Caldwell
-14
68
65
67
66
266
T21
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-14
64
68
65
69
266
T21
Victor Dubuisson
-14
68
62
71
65
266
T21
Niall Kearney
-14
66
68
64
68
266
T21
Clement Sordet
-14
65
68
64
69
266
T21
Ashun Wu
-14
67
68
61
70
266
T29
Pep Angles
-13
71
64
65
67
267
T29
Wil Besseling
-13
64
63
69
71
267
T29
Aaron Cockerill
-13
71
62
65
69
267
T29
Calum Hill
-13
68
66
66
67
267
T29
Benjamin Poke
-13
66
66
66
69
267
T29
Garrick Porteous
-13
68
67
67
65
267
T29
Richie Ramsay
-13
68
65
66
68
267
T29
Robin Roussel
-13
63
65
72
67
267
T29
Lars van Meijel
-13
66
67
66
68
267
T38
Nino Bertasio
-12
69
63
68
68
268
T38
Dean Burmester
-12
65
67
65
71
268
T38
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
-12
67
67
67
67
268
T38
Alejandro Cañizares
-12
70
65
67
66
268
T38
Rhys Enoch
-12
65
62
69
72
268
T38
Julien Guerrier
-12
68
67
66
67
268
T38
Scott Jamieson
-12
64
68
68
68
268
T45
Marcus Armitage
-11
69
64
72
64
269
T45
Ben Evans
-11
64
67
68
70
269
T45
Gregory Havret
-11
65
70
67
67
269
T45
Sebastian Heisele
-11
69
66
66
68
269
T45
Sihwan Kim
-11
67
65
69
68
269
T45
Romain Langasque
-11
67
63
68
71
269
T45
Zander Lombard
-11
66
65
70
68
269
T52
John Catlin
-10
67
67
67
69
270
T52
Justin Walters
-10
69
65
71
65
270
T52
Paul Waring
-10
68
65
71
66
270
T52
Oliver Wilson
-10
65
69
69
67
270
T56
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-9
65
67
67
72
271
T56
Sean Crocker
-9
67
68
69
67
271
T56
Richard Mansell (a)
-9
68
66
72
65
271
T56
James Morrison
-9
69
66
70
66
271
T56
Jordan Smith
-9
68
65
68
70
271
T56
Fabrizio Zanotti
-9
68
67
67
69
271
T62
Adri Arnaus
-8
69
66
69
68
272
T62
Ashley Chesters
-8
70
65
67
70
272
T62
Berry Henson
-8
70
63
72
67
272
T62
Andrew Johnston
-8
68
63
71
70
272
T62
Francesco Laporta
-8
66
68
69
69
272
T62
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-8
65
68
70
69
272
T62
Max Schmitt
-8
66
69
66
71
272
T69
Oliver Farr
-7
68
67
67
71
273
T69
Matt Ford
-7
64
66
73
70
273
T71
Lucas Bjerregaard
-6
71
64
67
72
274
T71
Louis De Jager
-6
69
66
68
71
274
T71
Søren Kjeldsen
-6
71
63
65
75
274
T71
Andy Sullivan
-6
70
65
70
69
274
CUT
Dave Coupland
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Ross Fisher
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Oliver Fisher
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Tom Gandy
-4
67
69
136
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-4
73
63
136
CUT
Janne Kaske
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
-4
66
70
136
CUT
Richard McEvoy
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Jake McLeod
-4
66
70
136
CUT
Pedro Oriol
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
-4
65
71
136
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Haydn Porteous
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Kalle Samooja
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Joel Stalter
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Julian Suri
-4
64
72
136
CUT
Toby Tree
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
-4
67
69
136
CUT
Austin Bautista
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Steven Brown
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Liam Johnston
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Lee Slattery
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Johannes Veerman
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Borja Virto
-3
66
71
137
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-2
69
69
138
CUT
David Drysdale
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Scott Fernandez
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
-2
72
66
138
CUT
Grant Forrest
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Matthew Jordan
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Adrien Saddier
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Thomas Sloman
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Steven Tiley
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Dale Whitnell
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Paul Dunne
-1
68
71
139
CUT
David Law
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Carl Suneson
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
E
67
73
140
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
69
71
140
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
E
71
69
140
CUT
Oscar Sanchez
E
69
71
140
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
1
71
70
141
CUT
Samuel Del Val
1
70
71
141
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
1
68
73
141
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
1
72
69
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
1
73
68
141
CUT
Eduard Rousaud (a)
1
72
69
141
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
2
74
68
142
CUT
David Howell
2
71
71
142
CUT
Ross McGowan
2
73
69
142
CUT
Chris Wood
2
70
72
142
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
3
76
67
143
CUT
Matthew Southgate
3
71
72
143
CUT
Peter Hanson
4
74
70
144
CUT
Andrea Pavan
6
78
68
146
CUT
Inaki Fuentes
16
83
73
156