Vaughn victorious on the Wild Coast

2015 Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge: Day 3Vaughn Groenewald clinched a one-shot victory at the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge on Friday after shooting 32 on the back nine to finish the week on 12-under-par.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win. I started well and kept on going today, playing for greens in regulation and relying on my putter, which is hot at the moment. I’m really happy that I pulled it off,” he said.

Groenewald went nine years without a trophy until he won the Zambia Sugar Open in April. This week at Wild Coast Sun Country Club he added another piece of silverware and proved that he’s still got it.

The big man became a four-time winner on tour with a final round of 67 that put him one stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Williams.

The weather was unusually calm throughout the 54 holes and that led to low scoring. On Friday Williams made a serious charge and carded 62 to set the clubhouse total at 11-under.

“Today I got off to a great start and told myself to keep going. I hit every fairway and missed one green…and the putter was hot, so it felt like I could make everything,” he said.

Groenewald first saw the score when he reached the ninth green and knew there was work to be done. He put his head down and made three consecutive birdies at the start of the stretch for a move to 12-under.

“I only saw that guys were 11-under when I got to the ninth. At least then I knew what I had to shoot, and it got me going on the back nine. I felt good all the way, but when I birdied 10, 11, and 12 it made the difference,” he said.

At the 15th he found himself against the lip of a bunker and went on to make bogey, but he regained the shot with a birdie at the 16th, which was the deciding hole of the tournament.

“On 16 I decided to go big or go home. I had 236 metres straight into the wind and had to give it everything I had with my three-wood. I was a little bit suspect at going for the flag, but luckily it ended on the green and I had two putts to make a birdie and get back on top,” he said.

The future looked bright for Groenewald, who rose to second in the Chase to the Investec Cup.

“For the Investec Cup it means a lot of points and I want to try to win it this year. I’ve also decided to try for the European Tour at the end of the year, but my goal is to make it by playing well at co-sanctioned tournaments,” he said.

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