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Haydn Porteous lands JoBurg Open title
Young South African Haydn Porteous compiled a bogey-free 69 for a two-shot win and a place at the Open Championship alongside compatriot Zander Lombard and Anthony Wall of England.
This was the second straight week we had a South African 1-2 and Porteous, a Challenge Tour graduate, won it with a close-range birdie at the 14th and, despite missing further opportunities coming home, he found the par-5 last and two-putted to hold off Lombard.
Sweden’s Bjorn Akesson led after a hat-trick of birdies from the 8th but a three-putt at the 18th meant he missed out on a place at Royal Troon in July.
Wall's higher world ranking ensured he claimed the final place on offer.
Meanwhile Irish rookie Paul Dunne struggled to a 72 to finish five back while halfway leader Ross McGowan added a second straight 73 to tie for 10th.
What Porteous said: "Words can't describe how I feel. It's surreal to be honest. I've been battling with my golf for the last few months and hats off to [fitness coach] Garth Milne for all the strategy and game plan and gym.
"I started to hit a few fairways and a lot more greens and gave myself some chances to make birdie. Unfortunately the putts didn't go in, but I was keeping the pressure low and making sure I was going to be making par."