Morten Ørum Madsen, from Denmark won his maiden European Tour victory at the South African Open at Glendower Golf Course.
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Morten shot a final -5 under par 67, for his maiden Tour victory, with a total tournament score of -19 under par, winning by two shots. He was playing alongside overnight leader and pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel, who let slip a three shot lead to finish tied in fourth place, with Italy’s Marco Crespi on -16 under par.
Morten really enjoyed his amazing day;
“It’s been an amazing day. I don’t really know right now how I feel. It’s kind of clichéd to say it hasn’t really sunk in, but it really hasn’t. I’m just over the moon. I’m so happy. I mean coming down here, I expected to play well but I didn’t expect to stand here, right now, that’s for sure. I love the golf course. It’s pretty similar to my home course. It’s tree lined and has really good greens. I definitely really enjoyed it. To have the SA Open as my first victory on the European Tour is extremely special if you look down the list of names that have won this tournament in the past, there are major champions and really great champions all around, so it’s an honour.”
He spoke about playing alongside Charl;
“I definitely felt like I could still win, but he looked like he was going to go off and I was just trying to hang on and maybe stay in two or three shots and give myself a chance. I had a great back nine but unfortunately for him he struggled. On a couple of holes he had some bad breaks. Luckily for me I was there to capitalise and I did with some nice birdies down the stretch.”
South Africans Jbe Kruger and Hennie Otto tied for second place at -17 under par. Hennie actually led by four shots with four holes to play following three straight birdies on 12,13 and 14. He was chasing his second victory in three years in this tournament, but strangely then collapsed with bogey on the 15th and double bogey on the 16th to slip right out of contention.
Charl deposited his tee shot on the 199-yard par-three sixth hole into the water, and then his second spun back so sharply, it too nearly ended up in the water, he followed that sequence with a three-putt, just to compound his problems. He took another six on the 10th hole and there was no way back from there.