Van der Walt seals career-best victory

Dawie Van Der Walt of South Africa poses with the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Dawie Van Der Walt of South Africa poses with the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Sun, Mar 3, 2013, 00:00

Golf:South Africa's Dawie van der Walt held off the challenge of compatriots Darren Fichardt and Louis de Jager to register the biggest win of his career at the Tshwane Open in Pretoria on Sunday.

A second successive 67 ensured a 21-under-par total of 267 at The Els Club Copperleaf in Centurion for the 30-year-old Van der Walt.

He finished two ahead of Fichardt, who won the Africa Open in East London two weeks ago. De Jager was third, a further shot back after a final-round 69.

Ireland’s Damien McGrane strung together four straight birdies on his back nine to close in a final round of three-under 69 to finish on 11 under and a share of 27th position, while Darren Clarke also had a 69 to end the week on five under.

Van der Walt, who has a world ranking of 436 and whose only previous success had come on the satellite tours in north America, broke a four-way tie going into Sunday's final round.

He and Fichardt kept up their battle for the lead, but the other overnight pace setters Charl Coetzee and Mark Tullo of Chile quickly faded from contention. Coetzee hit 72 to finish in joint fifth, but Tullo slumped to a 77.

Van der Walt;s eagle at the par-five fourth set him on his way, followed by two birdies in the next three holes that allowed him to get his nose ahead and keep it there.

Fichardt began with three birdies in his first five holes of the day, but then could not keep up with the burly Van der Walt.

Former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal finished bottom of the post-cut field after a final round 75 ensured he finished three over.

The Tshwane Open was the last of six European tour events in South Africa - five of which were won by home golfers.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.