His approach shot to the 18th on the Montagu course at Fancourt on Sunday typified the golf that Hennie Otto played on his way to a four-stroke victory in the R3.2-million Dimension Data Pro-Am.
He deposited a wedge just a foot from the flag for a tap-in birdie to complete a dominating performance which gave him a comfortable margin over second-placed James Kingston.
ÂI was hitting those kinds of shots well all week,Â he said, Âand my putting also started coming right after I went back to my old putter.Â
For Otto, it was a 10th title on the Sunshine Tour, and his first since his 28-under-par tour-de-force at last FebruaryÂs Vodacom Championship.
ÂIt was a bit of a quiet patch after that,Â he said, Âbut I have been working hard all the time and IÂm starting to reap the fruit of that.Â
Overnight leader George Coetzee stayed right in contention with battling golf through 12 holes Â he made one bogey and a birdie Â until a bogey on 13 took the fight out of his game, and the deflation was compounded with another bogey on 16.
ÂGeorge made a few mistakes,Â said Otto, Âand I took advantage of that, and that helped as well Â it was a game of patience.Â
Coetzee eventually finished alone in third place after his 74, with Kingston matching OttoÂs four-under 68 to take his second runner-up finish in two weeks after his second-place in Dubai last week on the European Tour.
Otto had a bogey on each nine, but two birdies on his way out and four more on his way home more than made up for those slip-ups.
And, for Otto, more than the R475,500 first prize, the exemption into the $8.5-million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August is something to be prized.
ÂIt means a lot for players like me who are on the European Tour too,Â said Otto. ÂBecause it counts for the Race to Dubai, itÂs quite important. I have been there four or five times before, and IÂm looking forward to going over again this year. I hope I can have a good one this year.Â
The victory gave him a substantial leg-up on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, lifting him into sixth place just behind Kingston.