Gert wins big at Kempton Park

15_BET_RD2_WEB2Gert Myburgh played a superb bunker shot from a greenside trap at the 18th of Kempton Park Golf Club on Tuesday to seal a playoff win at the first event of the 2015 Big Easy Tour.

“I had a leaf behind my ball in the bunker and it made things a little more difficult, but the shot just came out perfectly and stopped less than a foot from the cup. I didn’t expect it, but I’m very happy to win,” he said.

The 27-year-old began the day four shots off the pace and had to fight his way back into it. He birdied the last hole to finish the tournament on 10-under-par and tied for first with overnight leader Jason Froneman, which meant extra trips down the 18th would determine a winner.

During the first playoff hole Myburgh’s approach came up short of the green and landed in a bunker, but he chipped his third shot to give. Froneman was on the back fringe of the green for two, but misread his line and went on to three-putt, leaving Myburgh with a tap-in for his maiden professional win.

“It feels great to have a first professional win under my belt and I haven’t been in a playoff before, so this is big for me. Once I have another playoff I’m sure it will help me to feel comfortable,” he said.

The Big Easy Tour, named in honour of legendary golfer Ernie Els, aims to nurture talent and the likes Dean Burmester, Ryan Cairns and Bryce Easton are all products of the development tour.

Myburgh, who last week shot 28 on the front nine during the final round of the Investec Royal Swazi Open, was the latest player aiming for greatness.

“Ernie Els put the big structure in place for us to follow, a good example. All of these big name South Africans give us hope in believing that we can also make it. I still have to pre-qualify a lot this year, but I’ve got a lot of confidence going forward,” he said.

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