Fleetwood comes from six back to win playoff at Nedbank Golfing Challenge


Sunshine City, South Africa — Tommy Fleetwood made three eagles and arrived from 6 pictures powering to earn the Nedbank Golfing Challenge in a playoff on Sunday.

Fleetwood conquer Marcus Kinhult on the initial excess hole at Solar Town for a fifth European Tour victory and his to start with at the Nedbank. The Englishman manufactured par and Sweden’s Kinhult a bogey in the playoff on No. 18.

Fleetwood surged into competition with a 7-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead at Gary Player Country Club owning started the remaining round 6 pictures off the guide. Kinhult also concluded 12 less than all round with a closing 68.

Kinhult missed the fairway off the tee in the playoff and had to enjoy out of the rough sideways on the way to a bogey 5. Fleetwood scrambled for a par to declare $2.5 million, the most important winner’s prize in European Tour historical past. He moved second guiding Bernd Wiesberger in the Race to Dubai standings with one particular match remaining in the period, following week’s Planet Tour Championship in Dubai.

The 28-12 months-previous Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai in 2017 and has a probability of staying topped Europe’s No. 1 for the next time in 3 seasons.

Wiesberger completed with a 2-under 70 to tie for third with Jason Scrivener and Thomas Detry. They ended up four shots at the rear of Fleetwood and Kinhult.

Defending winner Lee Westwood (71) and house favourite Louis Oosthuizen (75), the initially-round chief, have been 7 underneath and tied for sixth.

Fleetwood’s victory was his very first for approximately two years.

“I was struggling with amounts of expectation due to the fact I wasn’t taking part in how I considered that I ought to or acquiring the issues that I required to,” he said. “There’s only a particular several, arrive the end of each and every yr, that have a likelihood of profitable the Race to Dubai and three years in I’ve been lucky to be one of these men each individual time. I’ll give it my all.”

Kinhult’s performance, whilst not really ample, was nevertheless a outstanding turnaround right after he completed previous at the Nedbank Problem on 15 around 12 months ago.

“I’m proud,” he reported. “I shot a excellent score currently, bought into the playoff and made a silly bogey but I’m delighted with the week and how I performed. It is a great 7 days.”

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