Africa Open. Thomas Aiken’s African Adventure.

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Thomas Aiken’s African adventure ended with him winning the Africa Open at East London Golf Club.

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Thomas with caddie Kate Aiken, and Trophy / Getty

Thomas Aiken and Oliver Fisher finished tied at the top of the Africa Open leaderboard at -20 under par, at the conclusion of the final round. Thomas had final round -4 under par 67 and Oliver finished with a -2 under par 69 to get to -20. A play-off ensued with Thomas triumphing  with a thirty foot birdie putt on the first extra hole at East London Golf Club. It was his first tour win on home soil.

“I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time, I’ve won a couple of times overseas, but there is nothing like winning in front of a home crowd. “The South African fans have been unbelievable throughout my whole career so it’s nice to finally get one for you guys. East London Golf Club, what a fantastic golf club. It shows that a course doesn’t need to be long for it to play interestingly. I always love coming back here, and it’s so great to finally get this trophy under my belt. Thanks so much to my wife, we might have to do it again,”


David Horsey birdied four of his last six holes to shoot a final round of -6 under par 65 and claim a share of third place on -19 under ,alongside John Hahn. Emiliano Grillo was in a four strong group a shot further back at -18 under par after gains at the last five holes repaired some of the damage of a quintuple-bogey nine on the opening hole.

Africa Open. Grillo Gets In Front On Day 3.

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Emiliano Grillo gets in front on day  3 of the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club.

Emiliano Grillo sinks another putt during his third round 62

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Emiliano shot a bogey free third round of -9 under par 62 to take the lead at the Africa Open on -20 under par, a two-stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow. It was a positive putting performance that gave him the lead, including a 60 footer on the last hole to save par. Emiliano came close in Dubai, and wants to win this time;

“It was a good round of golf. I played well, but it was the putting that helped the most. I made some good ones on the back nine that kept my round going. I didn’t hit it as close as I would have liked for nine under, but I made them from all over. I played good for the whole round and I am quite happy with my game, so hopefully I can repeat it tomorrow.”

“When you start making a couple of pars in a row you get impatient, so the key around here is waiting for the birdies. It’s definitely more difficult than the past two days. The wind picked up and it was a little different direction to what we have seen, but I played good enough to not care about the wind today. Hopefully we will have similar conditions tomorrow. A great putt on the last hole gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. I thought I had it for a moment in Dubai but Stephen played great on the last few holes so he got the trophy and I got second place, but it felt like a win for me.”

Oliver Fisher is in second place, at -18 under par, he signed for third round -5 under par 66, which included three bogeys, six birdies and an Eagle. He admitted he played some poor shots today;

” I hit a few poor shots, but I’m delighted with the way I finished and pleased with my score for today. I’m two behind and it’s the sort of course where guys can come from a long way back.” 

There are three players tied in third place, Richard Bland, Thomas Aiken and John Hahn, all at -16 under par.

Yesterdays leader John Hahn suffered  two duffed shots on the 12th, which ultimately gave  the 24-year-old Qualifying School graduate his first bogey since the opening day on Thursday. He carded an even par 71, a far cry from yesterday’s 61.We keep saying the time to shoot 61 or 62 is the last round, how often have we seen the low rounds followed by horrible high rounds ?

Someone is going to shoot a -9 or -10 round tomorrow, and win this tournament, so there are lots of possibilities in the field who could still win.

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

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Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.