Tjaart earns well in Singapore

Tjaart van der Walt took home the biggest cheque of his Asian Tour career – $123,180.54 – when he finished tied ninth at the Barclays Singapore Open on Sunday.

Van der Walt came from 15th and finished tied ninth at the Singapore Open after carding a final-round 67 and closing the event at 10-under-par, four shots shy of the lead.

The 37-year-old has recorded 30 top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, yet his best earning local – R305,402.04 at the 2003 SAA Golf Open Championship, paled in comparison to this week’s result, which equated to a cool R984,246.90 on Sunday.

A playoff between leaders Gonzalo Fdez-Castano and Juvic Pagunsan, who both finished at 14-under, was deferred until Monday due to thunderstorms.

Van der Walt opened the $6-million tournament with a level-par 71 before he leapt into contention with a second-round 65, which took his tournament score to six-under, ahead of the final 18.

An eagle at the fourth would spark his third and final round, and van der Walt had moved to four-under for the day after 10 holes.

Experience payed off, and he played out to eight consecutive pars, finished the event at 10-under and claimed his share of ninth alongside Justin Rose.

Louis Oosthuizen must enjoy the East – he shot a second-round 63 on his way to taking a share of third alongside Anthony Kim at 13-under, just one shot shy of the playoff.

Jbe Kruger began the day 10 spots back from 13th, a position he eventually held after carding a final-round 68. He closed the event at eight-under.

For van der Walt, carding par through his final eight holes indicated good patience, a trait he will need in order to take that elusive e first victory.

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