Otto has a ball in four-stroke victory in Di Data

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.

“I was hitting those kinds of shots well all week,” he said, “and my putting also started coming right after I went back to my old putter.”

For Otto, it was a 10th title on the Sunshine Tour, and his first since his 28-under-par tour-de-force at last February’s Vodacom Championship.

“It was a bit of a quiet patch after that,” he said, “but I have been working hard all the time and I’m starting to reap the fruit of that.”

Overnight leader George Coetzee stayed right in contention with battling golf through 12 holes – he made one bogey and a birdie – until a bogey on 13 took the fight out of his game, and the deflation was compounded with another bogey on 16.

“George made a few mistakes,” said Otto, “and I took advantage of that, and that helped as well – it was a game of patience.”

Coetzee eventually finished alone in third place after his 74, with Kingston matching Otto’s 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.

“It means a lot for players like me who are on the European Tour too,” said Otto. “Because it counts for the Race to Dubai, it’s quite important. I have been there four or five times before, and I’m looking forward to going over again this year. I hope I can have a good one this year.”

The victory gave him a substantial leg-up on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, lifting him into sixth place just behind Kingston.

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