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Golf | SA

Jake seals sensational win in Mother City



Jake Roos birdied the second play-off hole at Royal Cape Golf Club and edged out compatriots Tyrone van Aswegen, Jaco van Zyl and overnight-leader Mark Williams to claim the inaugural Lion of Africa Cape Town Open title in the most dramatic of fashions in the final round on Sunday.

“I had a little bit of a bumpy ride around the turn and missed a few short putts, but I knew I was playing well so I just had to keep going. You never know what’s going to happen and I wanted to try give myself a chance at the end,” he told a media conference on Sunday.

The putt was enough for the 32 year-old to claim his fifth career victory, and, quite remarkably, all five have come via playoffs.

“I don’t know what it is but I seem to enjoy the environment (of playoffs). I feel comfortable and it’s always nice to have another chance to win a tournament. Besides, we’ve had this discussion before,” he joked.

Having started the day on five-under, Roos made a birdie on the par-four 18th hole to help him to a 68 and finished the tournament at nine-under. Playing-partner van Aswegen made par on the last hole to join him on 279, while van Zyl had earlier posted that score courtesy of a final-round 66.

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“I didn’t really think I had a chance going down 18. I hit a great shot and made the birdie, but Mark was still at ten-under so I really didn’t think I would be in the mix. I just feel very blessed,” Roos said.

Indeed it looked as though his efforts would prove immaterial, as Williams birdied the par-five 16th to get to 10-under and appeared set to record a famous victory as he strode to the last hole still in possession of his one stroke lead. However, a wayward tee shot at the most inopportune of moments forced him to chip out, and he was only able to salvage a spot in the playoff with a clutch four-foot putt for bogey.

The first man eliminated from the playoff was van Zyl, who bogeyed the 18th hole in the sudden-death eliminator at the first time of asking while his three compatriots all made par.

The playoff continued as the remaining trio teed it up at the 18th again, and all three men found the fairway. However, Williams missed the green with his approach and van Aswegen failed to convert a 15-foot birdie chance. It left Roos with a 12-foot birdie putt to claim the trophy and a cushy R317,00 cheque - and he made no mistake.

“I felt good over that putt on the second play-off hole. It was a nice uphill and left-to-right putt, and I saw a nice line on it, so when Tyrone missed his I just stepped up and knocked it in. I felt really confident,” he said.

The result was heartbreaking for Williams, who recovered after a slow start today and made an eagle and two birdies on the back nine to put him pole position to clinch the tournament. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the final hurdle proved to be a bridge too far.

“It was a little bit of nerves on the last. The wind was different again. My game plan was driver, but it didn’t suit so I hit a two-iron. But it was a poor shot and that’s the thing about this golf course – if you hit a bad shot you get punished.

“But I had a nerve-wracking putt to get into the playoff which I’m glad about. And at least I was around for the whole week which is the most important thing,” Williams said.

Despite a gut-wrenching end to the event, the relatively-unknown Williams won plenty of fans over this week with some fantastic golf and his endearing demeanour, and he is understandably pleased with what he achieved.

“It’s been a long week and I led the whole way throughout. I kind of threw it away at the end, but it’s all experience and I’ve got so many positives to take from this week. It means I get straight into the Nelson Mandela in a fortnight, and that’s something to build on. So I’m just going to keep at it and hopefully carry on playing some good golf,” an upbeat Williams said.

The event drew in impressive crowds, and the pulsating finish was the cherry on top of what was already a fantastic week. Golf graced the Cape for the first time in a decade, and the host city can be proud of another sporting success. Jake Roos pulled off a memorable victory under the most intense of pressures, but new stars, like Williams, made their mark too and it appears to be an exciting summer of golf ahead.

SCORES (RSA unless specified):

279 - Jake Roos 71 67 73 68 (won on 2nd play-off hole)

279 - Jaco van Zyl 67 72 74 66, Tyrone van Aswegen 72 72 68 67, Mark Williams 66 67 75 71

281 - Keenan Davidse 73 68 70 70, Colin Nel 69 72 68 72

283 - Darren Fichardt 69 74 73 67, Hennie Otto 75 66 74 68, Keith Horne 71 68 73 71, Darryn Lloyd 70 71 71 71, Christiaan Basson 70 70 70 73

284 - Matthew Carvell 72 71 74 67, Attie Schwartzel 73 66 77 68, Bradford Vaughan 73 68 71 72

285 - Riekus Nortje 76 71 72 66

286 - Ruan de Smidt 70 72 76 68, Steve Surry (ENG) 70 71 72 73, Dean Burmester 71 67 74 74

287 - Ulrich van den Berg 72 74 74 67, Ross Wellington 70 71 73 73, James Kamte 71 71 72 73

288 - Peter Karmis 78 66 74 70, Andrew Georgiou 70 73 74 71, Wallie Coetsee 71 73 73 71, Jared Harvey 72 68 75 73, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 72 68 74 74

289 - Peter Wilson (ENG) 72 70 76 71, Daniel Greene 71 74 73 71, Martin du Toit 71 71 73 74

290 - Johan du Buisson 70 75 75 70, David Hewan 72 73 74 71, Louis de Jager 70 72 76 72, Heinrich Bruiners 72 72 73 73, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 72 72 73 73

291 - Merrick Bremner 78 68 79 66, Allan Versfeld 72 72 79 68, Brandon Pieters 75 70 78 68, Jake Redman 74 71 77 69, Jacques Blaauw 78 69 74 70, Desvonde Botes 72 74 74 71, Tyrone Ferreira 76 68 75 72, PH McIntyre 72 70 76 73, Warren Abery 71 71 74 75

292 - Michael du Toit 73 74 77 68, Brett Liddle 72 75 77 68, Derik Ferreira 73 74 74 71

293 - Francois Coetzee 73 69 81 70, JG Claassen 76 68 78 71, Andrew Curlewis 76 71 75 71, Francois Haughton 73 74 73 73, Graham van der Merwe 71 71 77 74

294 - Lyle Rowe 73 71 79 71, Kevin Stone 74 71 78 71

295 - Teboho Sefatsa 74 71 76 74, Chris Swanepoel 70 75 75 75

296 - David Ryan 72 75 78 71, Langley Perrins 73 73 78 72, Pieter Moolman 73 74 77 72, Andre Cruse 69 77 77 73, Callie Swart 76 69 77 74, Henk Alberts 70 72 79 75

297 - Francois van Vuuren 72 71 79 75, Dean O'Riley 76 69 77 75, Michiel Bothma 73 72 77 75

298 - Ryan Tipping 74 73 81 70, Doug McGuigan 73 71 78 76

299 - Grant Veenstra 74 73 79 73

300 - Andre van Zyl 77 70 80 73, Brent Kirstein 75 71 80 74, Alan McLean (SCO) 69 72 78 81

301 - Juan Langeveld 70 75 79 77, Ryan Strauss 73 73 78 77

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