16th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Fast Spanish finish for Coetzee seals good week
Coetzee’s new record at Open de Espana
George Coetzee fired a flawless final round of nine-under 63 to secure fourth place at the Open de España at Centro Nacional de Golf, Spain, four shots behind the winner, Jon Rahm, 23, on Sunday.
The 2018 Tshwane Open champion came to the event for his first start after winning his home-town event and sealing the 2017-18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
The Pretoria Country Club player opened the tournament with a level-par first round of 72, carded a second round of 66, that was followed by a round of 71 and he fired a bogey-free final round which put him right into contention. He took home of €75,000 from the €1,5-million purse.
Coetzee moved up to 86 from 100 this week on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
Other South African golfers in the field with Coetzee were Jacques Kruyswijk who finished in a share of ninth on 14-under-par 274, Christiaan Bezuidenhout who came in a share of 28th at 11-under-par 277, Richard Sterne who finished 34th, Brandon Stone on 39th, Darren Fichardt 58th, Trevor Fisher Jnr in 67th and Dean Burmester who finished 71st.
South African players who won the tournament since its inception in 1912 are Dale Hayes in 1971 and 1979, Charl Schwartzel in 2007 and Thomas Aiken in 2011.
The 2017 Zambia Sugar Open winner Oliver Bekker opted not to defend his title last week and instead played at the Challenge Tour’s Belt and Road Colorful Yunnan Golf Open, in China, where he finished three-over-par 287 and secured position 48 which he shared with four other players.