Jake takes superb victory in Swaziland

Jake Roos was in a league of his own at Royal Swazi Golf Club on Sunday, and shot 63 to reach 17-under-par and force a playoff for the Lombard Insurance Classic title, which he won on the first playoff hole.

“You get those days where you’re in the zone. You just plod along, even though everything is going your way, and don’t think about it too much. You don’t get those days often, so when they come around you just flow with it,” he said.

The 31-year-old had a superb finish en route to the playoff – he chipped-in for eagle at the 17th and birdied the 18th to draw level with defending champion Justin Harding at 17-under-par.

“It’s really a fairytale story,” said Roos. “I didn’t have any expectations at the start of the round, I just tried to move as far up as possible. Then I climaxed at the end with an eagle-birdie finish.”

And after that finish he and Harding headed back to the 18th tee. Harding hit a wayward shot right of the green, which left Roos with an opportunity. Having already won in a playoff for the Platinum Classic in March, Roos knew just how to close out the tournament.

“The playoffs have been good to me, so I’m grateful. After Justin hit it to the right I just tried to play a little more conservatively and hit it below the flag and on the green. That worked out perfectly, and then I had a 20-footer, and I went for it. It lipped out, but things went well for me.

The Centurion Country Club professional has been working hard on his game, and has reaped the rewards throughout the year.

“I’ve started with new coaching staff at Serengeti, Doug Wood and Garth Milner. My swing seems to be a lot more consistent this year and I feel like my ball striking is putting me into positions were I can contend,” he said.

Roos couldn’t have been happier on any front: Even on the personal side this win couldn’t have come at a better time. “My wife was here this week with me. It was her birthday, and then we found out a couple of weeks ago that she is pregnant. We’re excited about starting a family together and the timing couldn’t have been better. We have some money now to buy nappies,” he joked.

With his third Sunshine Tour win under his belt, the new Lombard Insurance Classic champion looked set for a great year and a solid future at the top of Sunshine Tour leaderboards.

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