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Basson wins at St Francis Links

Christiaan Basson had two putts to win the R650 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event presented by Samsung at St Francis Links on Saturday, and he was happy to take them as his 11-under-par total saw him to a one-stroke victory.

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According to the Sunshine Tour website, he carded a closing three-under par 69 to edge out Zimbabwe’s Mark Williams, with Zander Lombard and overnight leader Bryce Bibby in a share of third place a further shot back.

“I was glad to have two putts in hand to give me the win,” Basson joked with friends afterwards, although his first attempt from 10 feet on the 18th went very close, and he was left with a tap-in for the win.

“I wasn’t at all relaxed going down the stretch,” he said. “I started the day very nervous on the first three holes, and then I kind of got into the groove. But for the last three holes, the nerves came back.”

The victory was the fourth in Basson’s Sunshine Tour career, and it moved him inside the top 50 on the Order of Merit, with the R103 025 cheque for the win his biggest payday this season. It also took him to 10th in the 2016 Chase to the Investec Cup.

Lombard’s share of third saw him extend his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings.

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Scores at St Francis Links:

205 – Christiaan Basson (RSA) 70 66 69

206 – Mark Williams (ZIM) 70 67 69

207 – Zander Lombard (RSA) 69 71 67, Bryce Bibby (RSA) 69 64 74

208 – Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 70 70 68

209 – Jean Hugo (RSA) 67 72 70

210 – JJ Senekal (RSA) 75 67 68, Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 68 71 71, Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 67 71 72

211 – Ruan de Smidt (RSA) 71 69 71, Trevor Mahoney (RSA) 69 71 71, JC Ritchie (RSA) 71 68 72

212 – Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 70 72 70, Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 71 71 70, Allan Versfeld (RSA) 70 71 71, Lyle Rowe (RSA) 73 70 69

213 – Tyrone Ferreira (RSA) 69 73 71, Gert Myburgh (RSA) 77 68 68

215 – Divan Gerber (RSA) 70 72 73

216 – Tyron Roelofsz (RSA) 70 72 74, Mark Murless (RSA) 73 70 73

217 – Eddie Taylor (RSA) 70 72 75, Ryan Tipping (RSA) 70 73 74, Werner van Niekerk (RSA) 73 69 75, Louis de Jager (RSA) 73 71 73, Tyrone Ryan (RSA) 70 74 73, Rhys Enoch (WAL) 75 69 73, Jean-Paul Strydom (RSA) 67 78 72

218 – Chris Swanepoel (RSA) 71 71 76, Peter Karmis (RSA) 73 69 76, Doug McGuigan (RSA) 70 75 73

219 – Titch Moore (RSA) 72 71 76, Rourke van der Spuy (RSA) 71 72 76, Alan Michell (RSA) 67 77 75

220 – Alex Haindl (RSA) 72 73 75, Steven Ferreira (RSA) 75 70 75

222 – Pieter Moolman (RSA) 68 71 83, Hennie du Plessis (RSA) 70 75 77

223 – Jacquin Hess (RSA) 73 72 78, Drikus van der Walt (RSA) 73 72 78

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