Hinton held his nerve brilliantly till the 18th hole, hitting his approach shot to under a foot to claim the title by two-strokes from four other golfers on five-under-par.
“It was a good yardage for the club I had. I was a little indecisive – I mean I slightly pulled it, but it was nice to have a tap-in,” said Hinton about his finish on the challenging par-four 18th at Glendower Golf Club.
Hinton’s brilliant approach shot on the 18th wasn’t his only special moment during the final round. An eagle-two at the par-four seventh sparked the momentum for his title run.
“It was a slow start, but the eagle on seven sort of kick-started the round. I had a couple birdies after that and it kind of gave me a chance to win the tournament,” explained Hinton.
Having started the day three shots back off Siphiwe Siphayi, Hinton didn’t reach his goal of 10-under-par for the tournament, but a collapse from the final group of Siphayi and Bryn Flanagan left the door open for the Englishman.
“I though I’d get to 10 – 10 was in my head. When I got to seven early through the front nine I thought there were a lot of chances on the back nine. I looked at the scoreboard at four and no one really had made the charge. I just sort of made par coming in.” said Hinton.
Hinton’s approach of looking at the leaderboards throughout the round is one some golfers don’t agree with, but for him it’s a way of calming himself and knowing what he needs to do.
“I looked at every single one. Yeah it’s good to know here you are. Walking up 18 I even asked one of the rules officials what the guys were doing behind. I think you need to know what you need to do up the last and if you can take a risk or not take a risk,” explained Hinton.
Having claimed the title at the BMW SA OPEN Championship venue, Hinton isn’t getting ahead of himself, but a return to the prestigious layout is one that he hopes to achieve.
“Yeah I love the golf course. It suites my eye the whole way around and there wasn’t one tee shot I didn’t enjoy. It’s a great golf course in great condition and I look forward to coming back sometime,” said Hinton.