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Putting masterclass helps Coetzee win at Tshwane Open
It's not every week that you play a European Tour event at a club where you are a member, so George Coetzee's win proved particularly popular in Pretoria.
So, what happened at the Tshwane Open?
Pretoria Country Club member George Coetzee won his second Tshwane title after recovering brilliantly from a slow start on a stop-start day.
Two early bogeys saw Finn Mikko Korhonen overhaul his two-shot lead, but he then turned on the putting style with seven birdies in his last 13 holes for a two-shot win.
The South African (67) carded a 67 to beat Sam Horsfield, who birdied the last three holes, by two with Korhonen in third.
The victory is Coetzee’s fourth on the European Tour – all have come on home soil – and his second on his home course.
The big moments came at the 11th when Coetzee holed from 30 feet and there was a two-shot swing on Korhonen at the 15th.
The lead was two playing the last after a Coetzee bogey and Horsfield’s burst but a par four meant he was home and hosed.
“On the 8th hole I started making everything, me and the greens became one. That really made it easier for me to not worry so much about where I’m hitting it,” George Coetzee.
A lot is expected of Sam Horsfield, the winner at Q School and someone Ian Poulter has touted for greatness for a while, and he now has a runner-up finish to his name.
The 21-year-old came through all three stages at Q School before winning at Lumine by eight shots, but he has failed to really spark since.
He made the semi-finals of the World Super 6 Perth but has missed five cuts in seven starts since getting his card. This week he threw in a 64 on Saturday and finished brilliantly to collect over €100,000.
“It was a great experience being in my first final group,” he said. “George is a great guy, we got talking a little bit out there. Being in a group with someone who is really nice kind of settled me down a little bit early on and I had a blast out there.”
Horsfield went into the week ranked 754th in the world, expect him to finish 2018 in much better shape.