Double joy for Coetzee in the PGA Championship

George Coetzee © Sunshine Tour

Golf is a fickle mistress and George Coetzee has been in the game long enough to know that a swing he has one day may not be close the next, but the two-time Sunshine Tour Merit Champion’s ranking had the experience, composure and skill needed to get the job done on Sunday as he reaped His second PGA Championship title is at St Francis Links.

Coetzee had a one-stroke lead in the final round, but a polished four-stroke win under 68 on Sunday, which included two Nasrs and nearly a third, brought him up to 15 under par and a three-stroke victory in the prestigious 1.2 million rand tournament.

“I was under pretty much pressure all day, I didn’t feel really comfortable and my swing wasn’t 100 percent,” Coetzee said after winning his 14th Sunshine Tour title.

“But golf is one of those games, it’s not like cycling where the more laps you take the better. You can have one swing one day and then another swing the next.

“So I was pushing myself, but I stuck with the game plan, made good choices and made good shots, and luckily it was enough in the end,” Coetzee said.

Some of those shots were better than good as an eagle on the third hole five times brought some early fun, holed up with a sand wedge for an eagle two on the tenth hole. Among those highlights, he could also coordinate the 350-yard fifth hole four after driving green, but his shot was just too tight.

“We put in at five and I didn’t have time to properly read the throw of the ball,” Coetzee laughed.

Unusually, Coetzee made a bogey on the next hole on both occasions where he scored an eagle.

“I was really happy with Nasrin after seeing a lot of opportunities in the third turn. But after that it was a little hard to calm down and get back to my rhythm, and get my head back into a good space,” Coetzee admitted.

But successive sparrows in slots 12 and 13 put him firmly in control of the championship and worked his way up from 14th to a comfortable victory at the end.

Rookie Casey Jarvis produced his best Sunshine Tour result as he finished second after the final round of 69, and the seasoned duo of Hennie Otto and Jake Redman tied for third, one stroke behind the under-11, both firing 2-unders on Sunday. .

Coetzee is now heading to Sun City, and this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is similar to South African professional golf’s AGM, has confirmed it has the right game to contend for that mega title.

“The confidence I’m getting from beating the court here is a huge boost and I’m generally happy with the swing that’s been shown over the past two weeks,” Coetzee said.

Stephen Ferreira’s championship also ended with a win when he beat the 17th hole three times to win himself a new Dirk Ellis VW Volkswagen T-Roc.

The final results
273 – George Coetzee 67 71 67 68
276 – Casey Jarvis 68 68 71 69
277 – Henny Auto 69 69 69 70, Jake Redman 72 67 68 70
278 – Martin Forster 71 67 71 69, Peter Kremes 72 70 67 69
279 – Jean Paul Strydom 72 72 68 67, Race West 68 70 68 73
280 – Dylan Mostert 72 68 72 68
281 – Jayden Schaper 71 71 73 66, Luke Girling 74 68 67 72
282 – Malcolm Mitchell 70 68 75 69, Jake Ross 68 74 71 69, Heinrich Bruiners 74 70 69 69, Doug McGuigan 72 72 68 70, Stephen Werz-Taylor 69 71 67 75
283 – Matthias Calderon 73 70 72 68, Albert Venter 73 70 70 70, Danny van Niekerk 67 73 71 72, Jean Hugo 70 73 68 72
284 – Stephen Ferreira 73 70 73 68, Jack Blau 73 71 69 71, Samuel Simpson 69 72 71 72, Cumbrinck Smit 71 72 66 75
285 Henny O’Kennedy 68 70 74 73
286 – Robin Williams 72 70 72 72, Bradley Bowden 72 72 70 72, Sean Bradley 72 72 69 73, Erhard Lambrechts 71 70 71 74
287 – CJ du Plessis 73 69 76 69, Richard Joubert 74 69 74 70, JJ Senekal 68 76 71 72
288 – Madaletsu Muthia 74 70 74 70, Clinton Groppler 72 72 69 75
289 – Lindani Ndwandwe 70 73 74 72, Steve Surrey 73 71 73 72
290 – Kyle Parker 75 68 83 64
293 – Merrick Bremner 70 73 73 77
302 – Sianda Muandla 76 68 80 78
304 Thanda Mafundla 74 70 82 78

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