Sunday, 17 November 2019 17:40

Tommy Fleetwood beat Marcus Kinhult in a play-off to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.

Fleetwood started the final round six shots off the lead but carded a seven-under 65 to finish on 12 under par, which Swede Kinhult matched with a 68.

The Englishman, who had three eagles during his round, then made a brilliant par on the first extra hole to win.

It was the 28-year-old's first victory since January 2018 and moved him up to second in the Race to Dubai.

That last victory came as he defended the Abu Dhabi Invitational in January 2018. Since then, Fleetwood has had three runners-up finishes, including at the 2018 US Open to Brooks Koepka, and at this year's Open to Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush.

“I made a great up and down on one and without that the day could have been completely different. I was also really proud of how I played 17 and 18,” Fleetwood said.

 

“I was getting more and more nervous (as the round went on). Being a golfer these days you have the chance at a young age to set your family up for life … it’s just really cool when you win a tournament.”

 

Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player Country Club, Sun City: Final Leaderboard
-12 T Fleetwood (Eng), M Kinhult (Swe) (Fleetwood wins on first extra hole)
-8 J Scrivener (Aus), B Wiesberger (Aut), T Detry (Bel); -7 L Westwood (Eng), L Oosthuizen (SA); -6 B MacIntyre (Sco), Z Lombard (SA)
Selected others: -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -2 H Stenson (Swe); -1 P Harrington (Ire); +2 O Wilson (Eng); +3 I Poulter (Eng); +7 E Els (SA)