Kenya Savannah Classic R4

Play-off success earns van Tonder maiden win in Kenya

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4
March 18-21
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4 - Play-off success earns van Tonder maiden win in Kenya
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Daniel van Tonder secured his first European Tour title at the Kenya Savannah Classic supported by Absa after defeating Jazz Janewattananond with a birdie on the third play-off hole at Karen Country Club.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

“I’ve been working hard. Last year I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour, my stroke average was quite low – then Covid happened and it made everything a bit hard travel-wise and getting in to tournaments. It wasn’t easy. I had to work hard and keep myself motivated. It paid off, so I’m very happy.”

The 30-year-old South African posted a closing seven under par round of 64 to join Thailand’s Janewattananond on 21 under par and after both players parred the first two trips back down the 18th hole, it was third time lucky for van Tonder as he converted his short birdie putt following a sublime approach.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

“He (Daniel van Tonder) outplayed me today, for sure,” said Janewattananond. “During the play-off especially he hit it closer than me on those play-off holes. But I’m happy with my result today. Last week I didn’t go quite well – it was a big improvement from last week, so I’ll take it.”

“When you put yourself in that position it’s great fun, that’s why we play golf, to get in those positions. You put yourself in that position and play your best.”


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

“Things are looking up for me again. I struggled last year during Covid, I couldn’t go home for a year and a month. I got home after Saudi, sat in the hotel for 16 days, walked around for two days and then came back out to play golf. It’s been a tough year, but things are looking up.”

Van Tonder was eight under par after 13 holes following five gains in a row from the ninth hole, but back-to-back bogeys at the 14th and 15th handed the advantage to Janewattananond. He needed to find something special and he holed a lengthy birdie putt on the 18th to force extra holes.

“I tried to keep it easy,” said van Tonder. “It’s 18 holes, I needed to 18 tee shots and 18 second shots and try to make it as easy as possible. That was in my mind, just to hit fairways first then hit the second on the green and try and make the putt. The first nine went well and I started the second nine also very well. But I had the two bogeys in a row, two big fliers – I don’t know how – but luckily my wife is on the bag and she kept me calm and reminded me of a few things, and it worked.”


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Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

“I’m a bit different. I love pressure, if there’s pressure I get more in the zone. For me, I tried to keep it as easy as possible – hit the fairway first, then the second, put the other player under pressure and see what happens from there. I took it shot-by-shot and it worked.”

The victory is van Tonder’s fifth in his last 13 worldwide starts, while Janewattananond secured his best European Tour finish since his tied second place at the 2017 Fiji International. England’s Sam Horsfield and Scotland’s Calum Hill both carded seven under par final rounds of 64 to share third place on 20 under par, while David Drysdale, of Scotland, and South Africa’s Jacques Kruyswijk finished two shots further back in a tie for fifth place on 18 under par.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

“All aspects of my game were pretty solid,” said Hill. “I didn’t really do too well in the first two rounds, but the final two rounds were great. Lots of positives from the weekend.”

“I’ve really liked this course. Everything about it is a lot of fun. It’s a golf course that tests a bit of everything. You have to hit it very straight, control your distances into the greens, they are undulated, the Kikuyu around the greens is tricky to chip from. It tests everything”

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
T1
Daniel van Tonder
-21
65
64
70
64
263
T1
Jazz Janewattananond
-21
66
68
65
64
263
T3
Calum Hill
-20
67
68
65
64
264
T3
Sam Horsfield
-20
66
68
66
64
264
T5
David Drysdale
-18
65
65
69
67
266
T5
Jacques Kruyswijk
-18
70
64
68
64
266
T7
Victor Dubuisson
-17
67
66
68
66
267
T7
Joost Luiten
-17
64
68
70
65
267
T7
Matthias Schwab
-17
66
70
66
65
267
T10
Marcus Armitage
-16
65
67
67
69
268
T10
Nino Bertasio
-16
67
70
68
63
268
T10
Darren Fichardt
-16
65
66
68
69
268
T10
Darius van Driel
-16
70
62
69
67
268
T14
Ashley Chesters
-15
67
68
65
69
269
T14
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-15
66
66
68
69
269
T14
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-15
70
67
67
65
269
T14
Justin Harding
-15
64
66
66
73
269
T14
Masahiro Kawamura
-15
67
64
71
67
269
T14
Niklas Lemke
-15
66
65
71
67
269
T20
Alejandro Cañizares
-14
64
71
67
68
270
T20
Louis De Jager
-14
71
65
64
70
270
T20
Rhys Enoch
-14
67
67
69
67
270
T20
Kristoffer Reitan
-14
69
65
65
71
270
T20
Jayden Schaper
-14
69
67
69
65
270
T20
Lee Slattery
-14
66
68
69
67
270
T26
Liam Johnston
-13
66
69
66
70
271
T26
Sebastian Soderberg
-13
68
67
70
66
271
T28
Aaron Cockerill
-12
69
68
64
71
272
T28
James Morrison
-12
70
65
66
71
272
T30
Steven Brown
-11
68
67
67
71
273
T30
Romain Langasque
-11
67
65
74
67
273
T30
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-11
72
66
66
69
273
T30
Aaron Rai
-11
70
68
67
68
273
T30
Lorenzo Scalise
-11
70
66
70
67
273
T30
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-11
66
69
70
68
273
T30
Shubhankar Sharma
-11
69
69
69
66
273
T30
Toby Tree
-11
67
71
64
71
273
T38
Matthieu Pavon
-10
66
71
66
71
274
T38
Garrick Porteous
-10
69
68
64
73
274
T38
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-10
70
68
69
67
274
T38
Dale Whitnell
-10
70
67
73
64
274
T42
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-9
70
67
66
72
275
T42
Scott Hend
-9
66
70
72
67
275
T42
Mathiam Keyser
-9
65
70
69
71
275
T42
Adrian Otaegui
-9
68
70
67
70
275
T42
Richie Ramsay
-9
71
66
68
70
275
T42
Scott Vincent
-9
67
67
72
69
275
T48
Maverick Antcliff
-8
67
69
68
72
276
T48
Wil Besseling
-8
67
69
70
70
276
T48
Julien Guerrier
-8
70
64
70
72
276
T48
David Howell
-8
70
67
71
68
276
T48
Maximilian Kieffer
-8
68
69
68
71
276
T48
Jack Senior
-8
67
69
68
72
276
T48
Cormac Sharvin
-8
65
72
70
69
276
T48
Clement Sordet
-8
64
70
70
72
276
T48
Lars van Meijel
-8
68
68
72
68
276
T57
Lucas Bjerregaard
-7
69
68
71
69
277
T57
Jonathan Caldwell
-7
65
68
70
74
277
T57
Ben Evans
-7
68
68
71
70
277
T57
Sihwan Kim
-7
68
70
71
68
277
T57
David Wakhu
-7
66
68
74
69
277
T57
Daniel Young (a)
-7
73
65
69
70
277
T63
Dave Coupland
-6
70
68
70
70
278
T63
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-6
66
70
71
71
278
T63
Hurly Long (a)
-6
69
65
71
73
278
66
Julian Suri
-5
66
70
71
72
279
T67
Jens Fahrbring
-4
67
69
70
74
280
T67
Ricardo Santos
-4
68
68
72
72
280
69
Søren Kjeldsen
-2
74
64
68
76
282
70
Martin Simonsen
-1
70
68
72
73
283
71
Daan Huizing
E
68
70
75
71
284
72
Jose-Filipe Lima
1
68
70
74
73
285
73
Ross McGowan
4
65
71
77
75
288
CUT
Dean Burmester
-3
69
70
139
CUT
John Catlin
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Craig Howie
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Francesco Laporta
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Romain Wattel
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Oliver Farr
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
-2
69
71
140
CUT
David Law
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Tae Hee Lee
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Chris Paisley
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Benjamin Poke
-2
70
70
140
CUT
JC Ritchie
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Robin Roussel
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Matthew Southgate
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Johannes Veerman
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-1
68
73
141
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
-1
75
66
141
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Richard Mansell (a)
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Pep Angles
E
71
71
142
CUT
Adel Balala
E
73
69
142
CUT
George Coetzee
E
70
72
142
CUT
Grant Forrest
E
72
70
142
CUT
Eirik Tage Johansen
E
73
69
142
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
E
69
73
142
CUT
Richard McEvoy
E
71
71
142
CUT
Samuel Njoroge Chege
E
71
71
142
CUT
Marcel Schneider
E
67
75
142
CUT
Greg Snow
E
71
71
142
CUT
Connor Syme
E
71
71
142
CUT
Matt Ford
1
74
69
143
CUT
Garrick Higgo
1
72
71
143
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
1
74
69
143
CUT
Simon Ngige Mburu
1
77
66
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
1
73
70
143
CUT
Jordan Smith
1
71
72
143
CUT
Robson Chinhoi
3
75
70
145
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
3
74
71
145
CUT
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
3
72
73
145
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
3
75
70
145
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
3
70
75
145
CUT
Jastas Madoya Asena
3
72
73
145
CUT
Haydn Porteous
3
76
69
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
3
71
74
145
CUT
Oliver Wilson
3
71
74
145
CUT
Richard Bland
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
4
76
70
146
CUT
Anton Karlsson
4
73
73
146
CUT
Mohit Mediratta
4
72
74
146
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
4
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Oche Odoh
4
74
72
146
CUT
Damien Perrier
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ooko Erick Obura
5
76
71
147
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
5
72
75
147
CUT
Zander Lombard
5
75
72
147
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
5
73
74
147
CUT
Max Schmitt
5
77
70
147
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
6
72
76
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
7
76
73
149
CUT
Isaac Ogolla Makokha
7
73
76
149
CUT
Joel Stalter
7
72
77
149
CUT
Cj Wangai
7
73
76
149
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
8
80
70
150
CUT
Adrien Saddier
8
72
78
150
CUT
Riz Charania
9
71
80
151
CUT
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
9
72
79
151
CUT
Edwin Inana Asuza
10
76
76
152
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
11
74
79
153
CUT
Oliver Fisher
11
75
78
153
CUT
Phillip Kasozi
11
76
77
153
CUT
Michael Karanga
13
75
80
155
CUT
Mathew Omondi
13
78
77
155
CUT
Deo Akope
14
82
74
156
CUT
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu
15
78
79
157
CUT
Taimur Malik
16
82
76
158
W/D
Mathew Wahome
E
W/D
Jamie Donaldson
1
72
72