Hennie’s top-10 in Europe heads SA weekend performances

Hennie Otto completed a good week on the European Tour with a top-10 finish in the Open de Andalucia de Golf behind champion Paul Lawrie.

Otto closed with a final-round 70 after three successive rounds in the 60s had put him in contention throughout the tournament.

His performance lifted him into 81st position in the 2011 Race to Dubai from 117th last week, with earnings of €60,685, and gave him a confidence booster as the European Tour starts to get really busy as summer approaches in Europe.

For Lawrie, it was his first win on the European Tour since 2002, and he got home by one stroke ahead of Johan Edfors.

Behind them, and behind Otto, Kenneth Ferrie who equalled the European Tour scoring record with his 12-under-par 60 in the third round, crashed and burned as a 75 sent him tumbling down to joint 11th.

George Coetzee was the only other South African to make the cut – Keith Horne, Shaun Norris and Jaco van Zyl missed out – and he slumped to a five-over-par 75 in his final round to slip to a share of 40th place.

Lawrie’s victory was the first leg of a Scottish double over the weekend, as Martin Laird survived a tight finish to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida on the US PGA Tour.

He won by one from Steve Marino, while Trevor Immelman continued his recent improvement with a share of 12th – his best finish this year, and, but for a final-round 75, he may have had a top-10 to take with him into the Masters next week.

Defending champion Ernie Els had a poor week, his final-round 78 being his worst score of the tournament and it saw him slide down to a share of 70th.

Charl Schwartzel was the other South African in the field, and his opening 76 put him at a disadvantage throughout. He closed with a 72 for a share of 47th.

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