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The inaugural winner of the Tshwane Open was Dawie Van Der Walt, claiming his first European Tour Title. Dawie took the victory at Copperleaf Golf and Country Club with a last round of -5 under par 67, and a tournament total of -21 under par. That score was two shots ahead of compatriot Darren Fichardt in second place at -19 under par. Making it a clean sweep for South Africa was Louis De Jager in third place at -18 under par.
Dawie, a 30-year-old, has been a professional for a long time without a win, he said he was really happy that he had played well;
” You can only imagine what it’s like to win such a big one. I’m just really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and not win. You start doubting yourself and at 30 years old you start to wonder if you’re good enough and this shows me that I am. I would have liked to win before 30, but I’ll definitely take this. Golf is a game where you don’t get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic. I don’t know what I’ll do yet. The purses are a lot bigger in The European Tour, so I’ll have to rethink some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important. I hit the ball really good and I never really had to chip, which is not my strength. If you hit a lot of greens and don’t three-putt then you’re going to do well.”
The former World Number One amateur, American Peter Uihlein, finished fourth on 17 under par, one ahead of Swede Bjorn Åkesson, England’s Danny Willett and Charl Coetzee of South Africa.
Mark Tullo, from Chile, who had been in contention for the first three rounds, toppled over in the last round shooting a +5 over par 77, dropping him into a tie for 27th place.
Congratulations to Dawie Van Der Walt on his maiden Tour win, and lets hope it will not be his last.