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Golf | SA

Micky wins Big Easy Observatory playoff



Micky Hough sank a 12-footer for birdie on the 18th at Observatory Golf Club on Wednesday to clinch a playoff victory at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Observatory tournament presented by Stonehage.

“It’s a great feeling. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it was good to finish with a birdie to win. It’s nice to feel like you’ve won and not been gifted it. This was that little bit of belief that you need some times to keep you going,” he said.

The Zimbabwean birdied his final four holes to finish regulation play on 12-under-par and share the lead with Darryn Lloyd. The two entered a sudden-death playoff and had to repeat the 18th until a victor emerged.

Both players made par on the first extra trip down 18.

During the second trip Hough hit his approach from 80 metres out to 12 feet from the pin. Lloyd misjudged his approach and then chipped up to two feet for his third, which left him with a two-footer for par. It never came to that as ‘Huffy’ sank his birdie putt and clinched his maiden title.

Hough used to caddie for European Tour star Miguel Jimenez, and recalls a time at the 2010 French Open when Jimenez won in a playoff. He drew on that experience during his playoff on Wednesday.

“At the French Open I was caddieing for Miguel and I realised the pressure of the situation and knew that I had to deal with it. He hung in there and made a great putt to beat Francesco Molinari and Alejandro Canizares in the playoff, and I was thinking a bit about that today. The memory helped me to just get it done,” he said.

The final round was certainly exciting, with Hough having to overcome a double at the 10th before starting to chase down the lead.

“I just kept telling myself to deal with the good and the bad, which is something I haven’t really been doing over the last few months. I managed to stay calm and with that the putts just kept dropping,” he said.

The course offered up plenty of scoring and Lloyd carded 64, which was the low round of the day, to set the clubhouse lead on 12-under early in the day.

Dean O’Riley missed a three-footer on the 18th for birdie, which left him a stroke shy of making it into the playoff. He none-the-less finished third on an 11-under-par total.

Martin du Toit carded a Wednesday 65 to claim sole fourth on 10-under. He was followed by Ryan Tipping and Jacques Kruyswijk, both of whom shot 67 to share fifth on nine-under.

Hough played some classy golf this week and will be brimming with confidence when he tees it up at the Investec Royal Swazi Open qualifier, which is his next stop on tour.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):

132 - Micky Hough (ZIM) 66 66

132 - Darryn Lloyd 68 64

133 - Dean O'Riley 67 66

134 - Martin du Toit 69 65

135 - Ryan Tipping 68 67, Jacques Kruyswijk 68 67

136 - Makgetha Mazibuko 70 66, Willie van der Merwe 70 66, Jacques van Tonder 69 67, Morne Buys 68 68, Bennie van der Merwe 66 70,Musiwalo Nethunzwi 66 70

137 - Steven Ferreira 68 69, Beyers Smith 71 66

138 - Drikus van der Walt 69 69, Andre Cruse 69 69, Derik Ferreira 69 69, Divan Gerber 68 70, Rocky Tlhabanyane 67 71,Callie Swart 72 66

139 - Chris Erasmus 73 66, Jaco Prinsloo 70 69, Yubin Jung 69 70, Mark Murless 71 68, Omar Sandys 69 70, Derick Petersen 68 71,Mark Fensham 68 71, Attie Schwartzel 71 68, Jared Harvey 71 68, Ryan Thompson 71 68

140 - Kyle Stevens 70 70, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 70 70, Allister de Kock 70 70, Michael Downes (ENG) 69 71, Bryan Martin (USA) 71 69,Pieter Moolman 67 73, Coenie Bester 67 73, Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 72 68

141 - Roberto Lupini 73 68, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 73 68, Stuart Smith (BOT) 73 68, Thabang Simon 70 71, Irvin Mazibuko 71 70, Daniel Hammond 71 70,Aubrey Barnard 72 69

142 - Alpheus Kelapile 70 72, Grant Veenstra 69 73, Paul Bradshaw 69 73, Khaya Jika 71 71

143 - Lindani Ndwandwe 74 69, Sipho Bujela 74 69, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 76 67, Francois Coetzee 73 70, JP van der Walt 76 67,Jacquin Hess 73 70, Desne van den Bergh 70 73, Tsietsi Mofokeng (LES) 71 72

144 - Michael Loppnow 74 70, Ian Hutchings 73 71, Brett Liddle 70 74, PG van Zyl 71 73

145 - James du Plessis 74 71, Johan de Beer 75 70, Kenneth Dube 74 71, Scott Ferguson (ZIM) 76 69, Otto van Greunen 71 74,Shaun Ellis 72 73

146 - James Searson 75 71, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 73 73, Conway Kunneke (AMA) 73 73, Johann Mostert 73 73, Raymond Mathonsi (SWZ) 71 75,Johan du Buisson 71 75

147 - Wynand Dingle 74 73, Jaco Olver 75 72, Gert Myburgh 73 74, Arthur Horne (SWZ) 72 75, Coenie Stoop 71 76, Justin Turner 71 76,Maritz Wessels 71 76

148 - Laurison Mahlangu 74 74, Kevin Stone 73 75, Heinrich Bruiners 73 75, John Bele 70 78

149 - Lean Boezaart 75 74, Gerhard Trytsman 73 76, Paul Elton 73 76, Louis Calitz 72 77, Albert Tsai 70 79

150 - Duane Keun 76 74, Patrick Spindler 77 73, Warren Holland 70 80

151 - Fezekile Kana (AMA) 74 77, Neo Thubisi 75 76, Lebo Ramukosi 78 73, Nathan Waghorn 80 71

152 - Clifford Howes 76 76, Drikus Bruyns 76 76, Bongani Mtsweni 81 71

153 - Justin Levy (NED) 75 78, Ruan Huysamen (NAM) 73 80, Steven van Heerden 78 75, Jacques de Villiers 79 74

154 - Riekus Nortje 78 76, Johan Bekker 79 75

155 - Langley Perrins 76 79, Louis Botha 77 78, Cameron Esau 78 77

157 - Zuko Sangqu 76 81, Wandile Gininda 78 79

158 - Riaan Matthee 74 84

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