Hennie Otto didnÂt relinquish his title without showing just why heÂs the SA Open defending champ, especially on Sunday when he broke an 18-hour-old course record at Serengeti Golf Estate.
ÂI didnÂt think about the course record. The putter was working, and thatÂs what I wanted to get working. I made the fist pump on 18 because my putting was back to standard. I hit the ball good the whole week, but if you average 33/34 putts youÂre not going to make a score. Today thatÂs what showed,Â he said.
After his temper led to an outburst at the 15th on Saturday, Otto decided to change putters the unorthodox way. It paid off on Sunday when he sank everything he looked at.
ÂI hit the ball very good this whole week. The first three rounds the putting let me down, but then I got rid of the putter yesterday. Tossed it in the water, just to make sure I didnÂt use it again,Â he said.
After reverting back to his old putter Otto started rolling it with style, and made a massive eight birdies and an eagle on Sunday for a 10-under 62.
ÂI went back to my old putter and that was the difference. I started making the putts today and thatÂs where the turning point came. I had 27 putts today,Â he said.
The two-time European Tour winner was ready for the summer swing in his home country. With the game where he wants it, he looked ahead with optimism.
ÂIÂm positive for the next few tournaments. ItÂs looking promising for a change, and thatÂs what I want.Â