Pistorius birdies last to win at Glendower

Albert Pistorius birdied the 18th hole on Wednesday for a nail-biting victory in the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage event at Glendower Golf Course.

He finished the tournament 11-under par, his birdie on the last hole taking him a shot clear of first-round leader Dean Burmester and earning him a hard-fought victory.

“It feels fantastic,” he said of winning the fourth tournament on the Big Easy Tour’s 2011 calendar.

The Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage is named after three-time major winner Ernie Els in recognition of his continued commitment to the development of the game in South Africa, and players who received their cards at the Sunshine Tour 2011 Qualifying School played in Bloemfontein last year, and the top 30 at the Vusi Ngubeni Strokeplay played in Johannesburg in January are eligible to play, as are those who finished from 71st to 150th on the 2010 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.

Pistorius started the day chasing Burmester’s lead after carding an opening round of five-under par 67. Burmester opened with a magnificent seven-under-par 65.

Pistorius’ consistent form could not be matched as he birdied seven of his 18 holes, giving away just one bogey to the 10th hole. “He (Burmester) played so well, I knew I really had to score well to catch him,” Pistorius said.

The 30-year-old Pistorius considers himself lucky to be playing golf: “Six months ago I told myself I was done,” he said.

This is Pistorius’ first win as a professional, although he had 13 top 10 finishes in his Sunshine Tour career prior to the tournament, as well as a share of second in the second Big Easy Tour event at Irene.

“This win is really the product of lots of hard work, and I’m very happy,” he said.

Tyrone Ryan, who won in Irene, carded a second round of five-under par 67 which included a hole-in-one, which he produced on the 201-metre par-three third hole. He finished tied for third at five-under par with Divan Gerber.

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