Buys brothers take Modderfontein

Morne Buys, with brother Christo on his bag, won the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour event at Modderfontein Golf Club after a second-round 67 took his tally to seven-under-par.

Buys charged down the back nine in 32, remaining calm as he shot a late pair of birdies, which would take him two strokes clear of runner-up Johan Etsebeth.

The poignant moment came on the 16th, when Buys sank a 25-foot putt for birdie and realised he could go all the way. “My brother said to me ‘we can win this’ and from there nothing bothered me,” said Buys.

He would go on to card seven birdies during his round, five of which came on the back nine. “It was like a switch went on, I couldn’t miss a fairway or a green,” said Buys.

Buys also found his groove with the putter. “I hit everything to about ten foot, and just kept making putts – I could just nail them,” said Buys, who dropped only one shot on either side of the turn.

He attributed much of his winning mindset to his caddie. “My brother kept me calm,” he said.

Buys started the day well when he birdied the first, but had his run nipped in the bud by a bogey on the second.

He played out a string of pars before finding a birdie on the eighth and making the turn in 35. “The front nine was a bit difficult for me, I just kept missing fairways,” said Buys.

A bogey on the 14th was the only further blemish to his round, but Buys felt little impact from the dropped shot thanks to a birdie on the previous hole.

He can attribute much of his win to consecutive birdies on the 10th and 11th as well as on the 16th and 17th, the latter of which secured his two-stroke victory.

Johan Etsebeth was unable to catch Buys, but will not be unhappy with his second-place finish at five-under-par.

Dean Burmester finished in third after his final-round 67 set his tournament score to three-under-par.

A first-time winner, Buys has been given renewed confidence from the final 2011 event ahead of the Tour Championship. “The Championship is going to be very interesting now!” Said Buys.

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