Adilson hangs on for Zambia win

Adilson Da Silva clinched a one-stroke victory at the Zambia Sugar Open on Sunday after battling his way around Lusaka Golf Club in 73 blows during the final round.

 

“It’s absolutely great to seal the win. Mentally it was a big thing to stay calm today and focus. I’ve been in this situation a couple of times, and I’m learning how to handle it,” he smiled.

 

The par-73 track found its defence in the wind, but the Brazilian overcame the blustery conditions and carded rounds of 67, 72, 69, 73 to claim his 11th Sunshine Tour victory.

 

“Today was a hard day from beginning to end, because the wind was swirling everywhere and it was difficult to trust each shot and the club you had in your hand,” he explained.

 

The win marks Da Silva’s second Zambia Open title. The 41-year-old first lifted the trophy in 2010 at Ndola Golf Club and has since shown his affinity for the tournament.

 

“It’s always nice to come back to Zambia, and to win twice is great. I have a good feeling about this place and to win here again is a big thing for me,” he beamed.

 

At 21st on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Da Silva has seen plenty of tough tournaments, but the Zambia Sugar Open 2013 will stay in his mind. The leading scores going into the weekend were 10-under-par, yet the winning total was 11-under.

 

“I managed to stay focused and I hit a lot of good shots. I had a plan in my mind of how to play here, so I just kept it in play and didn’t miss many greens. It was a real battle this week and I’m glad I could pull it off,” he explained.

 

Martin du Toit led during the first two rounds and charged early on Sunday morning, making four birdies through his first five holes.

 

His run was halted by a double-bogey seven at the 10th hole. While he failed to overcome the deficit, the 39-year-old can take plenty away from leading for half the tournament and finishing tied second.

 

Also sharing second was Alex Haindl, whose round was set back by a double-bogey at the par-five third hole. The slim man from Bloemfontein recovered well in spite of the double drop and made five birdies on the back stretch to tie for second.

 

The top-finishing Zambia was Madalitso Muthiya, who carded a level-par 73 to finish tied 19th on a four-under-par total.

 

With his first trophy of 2013 secured, Da Silva was excited for the rest of the year.

 

“I’ve had a good start to the year and after I play in Swaziland I’m headed back to the Asian Tour. I’m feeling confident after this win, it such a good feeling after working so hard for it,” he said.

 

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