George Coetzee continued South Africa’s domination at the Tshwane Open, birdying five of eight holes to take a 2-stroke win over England’s Sam Horsfield. He first won the Tshawne Open in 2015. It’s his fourth European Tour title, with all four coming in Africa.
“A lot has happened since the last time I held that trophy,” he said. “I broke my ankle and I kind of needed to show myself that I could win on Tour again and it’s nice to come and do it again in front of the home crowd. They were amazing, I don’t think I could have done it without everybody out here supporting me the whole week.
“On the eighth hole I started making everything, me and the greens became one. That really made it easier for me to not worry so much about where I’m hitting it.”
A rainstorm with lightning delayed the last three holes before Coetzee was able to close things out. Coetzee wound up shooting 18-under with Horsfield at 16-under and Finalnd’s Mikko Korhonen third at 15-under.
The best round of the day came from Spain’s Pedro Oriol who blazed his way to a 9-under 62 to end up tied for eighth at 11-under. He was 7-under through 15, giving him an outside shot at a 59 before bogeying 16. He finished with a birdie-eagle flourish on 17 and 18.