Kruger makes South African clean sweep

J'be Kruger made a South African clean sweep after he won the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club Sunday to become the fourth South African in a row to win the tournament since its return in 2010.

Not only that. Kruger won the title ahead of fellow South Africans Jaques Blaaw who was one stroke behind while two other South Africans Porteous Hardyn was on 16 Under-par and Jaco Ahlers on 15 Under-par.

All in all, the top nine places went to South African golfers while the highest placed Zimbabwean was Tongoona Charamba who was in 10th place on 9 Under-par 279.

Coincidentally, Kruger who hit an 18 Under-par 270 to take the 2014 title, also won the tournament when it was re-launched in 2010 after a seven year absence. Kruger goes into history alongside the likes of Nick Price and Marc McNulty as the only three players to have won the event more than once.

Price who holds the course record of 63, won the tournament a record three times while McNulty took it twice. The two represented Zimbabwe at the 1994 World Cup of Golf. Price was the world's number one ranked player between 1993 and 1994.

The 2014 champion hit 69 on the opening day and followed with another 69, then 68 and 66 to complete his total of 270. Defending champion Jake Roos was way off the pace in 29th position.

Kruger was smiling all the way after being handed R285 300 by Delta Marketing director Maxen Karombo. Karombo who also pledged to increase their sponsorship in next year's edition.

Delta are the biggest sports sponsors in the country as they also bankroll the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship, the Castle Tankard horse racing contest, the Kariba Tiger Fishing competition, the Zimbabwe National Pool Competition, amongst other competitions.

Second placed Blaaw took home R207 000 while Porteous was R124 560 richer. For his effort, Charamba was rewarded with R 30 456.

All in all, the Zimbabwe Open teed off with a total of 162 golfers, 106 from South Africa, 32 locals including eight amateurs, and the rest from other parts of the world.

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