George Coetzee’s 65 Wins Tshwane Open
South Africa’s George Coetzee blazed to a final round 65 to break a six-way tie and win the Tshawne Open on Sunday in his native country.
It was an amazing full-circle moment for Coetzee, who has been a club member since taking up golf and winning his first tournament at age 10, at the same Pretoria Country Club that this tournament was held at.
To win on Sunday, he had to overcome the remarkable closing performance of countryman Jacques Biaauw, who tied the course record with a 61 to finish at 13-under with Coetzee and the other leaders only halfway through the course.
Coming off a ho-hum 69 on Saturday, Biaauw went for nine birdies, eight of them between 6 and 18, to set the torrid pace.
Coetzee was 9-under to start the day, and was 12-under when Biaawu finished. Coetzee tied for the lead with a birdie on No. 10, then took command for good on No. 17 with another birdie.
Two other South Africans, Dean Burmeister and Tjaart Van Der Walt, finished tied for third along with Scotland’s Craig Lee at 9-under.