PH clutches victory

PH McIntyre sank a clutch eight-footer on the 18th to finish all-square with Steven Ferreira during round five of the ISPS Handa SA Match Play Championship. Then he won on the first extra hole.

“It’s the second time I’ve played 19 holes, and let me tell you it’s very stressful! It’s a nice experience and helps me to control it a bit better and be patient. Patience is everything in the world,” said McIntyre.

The 26-year-old, who has made eight straight cuts on the Sunshine Tour, had a real battle with Ferreira on Saturday – the two halved only eight holes through the round.

“On 18 I just hoped for the best and luckily it went in. I’m exhausted, but I’m just playing for the enjoyment now, because I’ve made my target. To be in contention is awesome,” he said.

Ferreira went 1-up early on with his win at the second, but McIntyre bit back with wins at the fourth, fifth and eighth. He turned 1-up.

“I had confidence, but he played very well and it was a nice tough game,” said McIntyre.

A win at the 10th would take McIntyre to 2-up, but Ferreira soon found his groove and won at 12, 15 and 17. McIntyre was under pressure – he was 1-down on the last and needed a win.

He and Ferreira both found greenside bunkers and were left with eight-footers for birdie, but only McIntyre found the nerve to sink.

They headed back to the first to begin all over again. Within minutes the Heidelberg Golf Club professional was left of the green in two, while Ferreira was on the back fringe in four. After a comfortable chip and putt McIntyre took victory.

“On that last hole I just wanted to get it close and force him to make the fifth shot. I was very happy when it went in,” he said.

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