Against the odds: World No 436 Van der Walt wins Tshwane Open on home soil
15:51 GMT, 3 March 2013
16:11 GMT, 3 March 2013
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Dawie van der Walt claimed the biggest victory of his career to win the Tshwane Open by two shots ahead of fellow South African Darren Fichardt.
Another South African Louis De Jager was third a further shot back as Van der Walt picked up his first tour win of the season.
Van der Walt finished with a five under par 67 as he picked up his first win on the European Tour.
Champion: Dawie van der Walt lifts the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open by two shots
He was part of a four-way tie for the
lead at the start of the day with Fichardt, compatriot Charl Coetzee and
Chile's Mark Tullo
Coetzee and Fichardt went clear after
they birdied the second and third holes, but Van der Walt drew level
after he eagled the par four fourth.
Fichardt retook the lead after another
under par score on the fifth, but by the turn Van der Walt was in front
after consecutive birdies.
Winner: Van der Walt embraces second-placed Darren Fichardt (left) before celebrating with his caddie (right)
Tullo and Coetzee were out of the
picture after fading on the last nine, while a bogey on the 10th for Van
der Walt was negated by birdies at the 12th and 15th put him two clear.
It proved vital as he closed with three consecutive pars to seal the title.
'You can only imagine what it's like
to win such a big one,' Van der Walt told europeantour.com. 'I'm just
really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and
In the mix: England's David Howell finished tied for 10th on -14
He added: 'You start doubting yourself and at
30-years-old you start to wonder if you're good enough and this shows me
that I am. I would have liked to win before 30, but I'll definitely
'Golf is a game where you don't get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic.
'I don't know what I'll do yet. The
purses are a lot bigger in The European Tour, so I'll have to rethink
some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important.
'I hit the ball really good and I
never really had to chip, which is not my strength. If you hit a lot of
greens and don't three-putt then you're going to do well.'