European Tour

Nedbank Golf Challenge 2018

November 08-11

Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

$7,500,000

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November 08-11

Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

$7,500,000

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Round 4

Westwood back in the winner’s circle at Sun City

November 11, 2018

Lee Westwood produced a stunning closing 64 to win his first Rolex Series title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

Westwood back in the winner’s circle at Sun City, © Getty Images

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“Pretty emotional. A little bit relieved. Still got it, I guess. Just nice to do it again under pressure and win against a couple of quality players at the end there, Sergio and Louis were my two nearest challengers. To hit the shots I hit down the stretch, it was just nice to prove it to yourself every now and again."

The Englishman entered the final day at Gary Player Country Club three shots behind long-time leader Sergio Garcia but an eagle on the second put him at the top of the leaderboard and set up an enthralling three-way battle between those two and local favourite Louis Oosthuizen.

The heavyweight trio went blow-for-blow on one of the most entertaining afternoons of the season and it was former World Number One Westwood who birdied five of his last eight holes to get to 15 under and prevail over his Major Championship winning rivals.

Westwood's triumph is his third at Gary Player Country Club after the Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am in 2000 and this event in 2010 and 2011 before it joined the European Tour International Schedule.

“It's not such an easy golf course when the wind is in the direction it was and it was swirling as the day went on. I made a nice par on one, and a great three wood on the second to about three feet. Then made a lovely par at the third and then just steadied off and gave myself birdie chances pretty much all the way around. It was essential to get off to a quick start and put a bit of pressure on Sergio."

“Well, until now, my emotions have felt really under control all day, which is what I've been working on. I was just trying to hit fairways and stick to my game plan and hit it in the right places. I've got a bit of a process I'm going through with the golf swing. I'm starting to see better shots. The seven iron into 17 is probably one of the best shots I've ever hit. It all just worked, and it was great to it with Helen (Storey)."

“It's been brilliant. She's caddied twice for me this year and we lost in a play-off in Denmark and we've won here. Have to have a bit of a rethink, not least about who caddies for me, but our percentages."

The 45 year old's last victory came at the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open and he was fighting back the tears after taking his tally to a remarkable 24 on the European Tour and 43 worldwide.

Spaniard Garcia signed for a 70 to finish at 12 under, one shot ahead of Oosthuizen who closed with a 69. While England's Ross Fisher was then at eight under, a shot clear of countryman Matt Wallace and China's Li Haotong.

“You have to give credit to Lee," said Garcia. "To shoot 64 in the last round, I mean, the greens were a little bit softer today but still, you had to go out there and do it. It's not that easy."

“I played okay. I didn't have my A Game, other than Thursday, but I fought hard. I stayed patient. Things didn't really happen too much to me. I hit some good shots and a couple more putts here and there."

“I'm thrilled for him. He had a bad Ryder Cup at Hazeltine and he struggled a little bit, and he's been playing much better this year. He's been knocking on the door for winning. He played well in Valderrama. I wish I would have won myself, but if not, obviously to see Lee do it is pretty nice."

“It's some good momentum. Obviously finishing second here, it's a great result. I would have loved to win but second is still a good result and a lot of positives out of it. At the same time, I'm looking forward to putting the clubs away and rest a little bit, but I still have two more weeks, Dubai and Hong Kong, and after that we'll be able to rest a little bit.”

Li needed a win to keep his hopes of winning the Race to Dubai alive but results in Sun City mean that it will be either Francesco Molinari or Tommy Fleetwood who will be crowned Europe's Number One after next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Belgian Thomas Detry finished at six under, one clear of England's Aaron Rai and two ahead of another Englishman in Chris Paisley and South African Darren Fichardt.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Lee Westwood
ENG
-15
71
69
69
64
273
2
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
64
71
71
70
276
3
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-11
69
67
72
69
277
4
Ross Fisher
ENG
-8
71
72
67
70
280
T5
Haotong Li
CHN
-7
71
70
75
65
281
T5
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
69
72
73
67
281
7
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
75
66
68
73
282
8
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
72
68
75
68
283
T9
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
72
75
70
67
284
T9
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
74
67
71
72
284
T11
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
71
70
75
69
285
T11
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
70
71
74
70
285
T11
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
72
71
70
72
285
T11
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
75
70
75
65
285
T11
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
68
73
72
72
285
T16
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
74
72
71
69
286
T16
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
69
73
74
70
286
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
69
76
70
71
286
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
68
70
71
77
286
T16
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
73
74
72
67
286
T21
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
73
67
75
72
287
T21
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
79
69
72
67
287
T21
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
76
69
71
71
287
T21
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
77
69
70
71
287
T21
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
75
73
71
68
287
T21
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
72
71
73
71
287
T27
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
73
69
73
73
288
T27
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
Par
72
74
71
71
288
T27
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
72
75
70
71
288
T27
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
71
71
73
73
288
T27
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
74
70
74
70
288
T27
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
72
71
75
70
288
T27
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
74
75
71
68
288
T27
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
74
73
71
70
288
T35
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
69
75
69
76
289
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
76
69
75
69
289
T35
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
75
69
70
75
289
T35
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
73
73
74
69
289
T35
Paul Waring
ENG
1
72
76
72
69
289
T35
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
71
69
74
75
289
T41
Andy Sullivan
ENG
2
69
74
74
73
290
T41
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
68
78
70
74
290
T41
George Coetzee
RSA
2
73
79
68
70
290
T41
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
74
68
77
71
290
T41
Matthias Schwab
AUT
2
72
71
76
71
290
T46
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
77
73
69
72
291
T46
Jorge Campillo
ESP
3
71
78
71
71
291
T46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
75
74
73
69
291
T46
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
73
72
74
72
291
T50
Danny Willett
ENG
4
78
71
72
71
292
T50
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
75
70
71
76
292
T50
Ryan Fox
NZL
4
70
73
74
75
292
T50
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
71
76
77
68
292
54
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
74
73
75
71
293
T55
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
6
74
79
69
72
294
T55
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
76
77
69
72
294
T57
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
7
75
75
73
72
295
T57
Gavin Green
MAS
7
75
70
78
72
295
59
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
78
71
72
75
296
T60
Brandon Stone
RSA
9
74
71
75
77
297
T60
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
9
77
69
73
78
297
T60
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
78
73
72
74
297
T60
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
75
71
76
75
297
T60
Richard McEvoy
ENG
9
72
76
75
74
297
T60
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
9
77
75
70
75
297
66
Lee Slattery
ENG
11
74
73
74
78
299
T67
Ashley Chesters
ENG
12
78
73
78
71
300
T67
Tom Lewis
ENG
12
75
71
78
76
300
T69
Matthew Southgate
ENG
14
80
73
71
78
302
T69
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
14
76
73
75
78
302
71
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
15
74
74
83
72
303
RET
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
81
70
-
-
151
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Lee Westwood
ENG
-15
64
273
2
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
70
276
3
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-11
69
277
4
Ross Fisher
ENG
-8
70
280
T5
Haotong Li
CHN
-7
65
281
T5
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
67
281
7
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
73
282
8
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
68
283
T9
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
67
284
T9
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
72
284
T11
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
69
285
T11
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
70
285
T11
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
72
285
T11
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
65
285
T11
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
72
285
T16
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
69
286
T16
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
70
286
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
71
286
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
77
286
T16
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
67
286
T21
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
72
287
T21
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
67
287
T21
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
71
287
T21
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
287
T21
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
68
287
T21
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
71
287
T27
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
73
288
T27
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
Par
71
288
T27
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
71
288
T27
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
73
288
T27
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
70
288
T27
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
70
288
T27
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
68
288
T27
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
70
288
T35
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
76
289
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
69
289
T35
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
75
289
T35
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
69
289
T35
Paul Waring
ENG
1
69
289
T35
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
75
289
T41
Andy Sullivan
ENG
2
73
290
T41
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
74
290
T41
George Coetzee
RSA
2
70
290
T41
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
71
290
T41
Matthias Schwab
AUT
2
71
290
T46
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
72
291
T46
Jorge Campillo
ESP
3
71
291
T46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
69
291
T46
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
72
291
T50
Danny Willett
ENG
4
71
292
T50
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
76
292
T50
Ryan Fox
NZL
4
75
292
T50
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
68
292
54
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
71
293
T55
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
6
72
294
T55
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
72
294
T57
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
7
72
295
T57
Gavin Green
MAS
7
72
295
59
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
75
296
T60
Brandon Stone
RSA
9
77
297
T60
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
9
78
297
T60
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
74
297
T60
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
75
297
T60
Richard McEvoy
ENG
9
74
297
T60
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
9
75
297
66
Lee Slattery
ENG
11
78
299
T67
Ashley Chesters
ENG
12
71
300
T67
Tom Lewis
ENG
12
76
300
T69
Matthew Southgate
ENG
14
78
302
T69
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
14
78
302
71
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
15
72
303
RET
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
-
151