Warren cruises to Affinity Cup Glory

Warren Abery led throughout the third round of the Nedbank Affinity Cup and cruised to victory when he shot 70 on the final day of the R600,000 event at Lost City Golf Club.

Abery claimed his seventh career title when he finished at 11-under-par on Thursday, two strokes clear of Andrew Curlewis and Prinavin Nelson.

“It’s great to win – that’s what we all play for – and it’s nice to be able to close it out,” he said.

It was a clinical round by the 38-year-old: he closed with eight consecutive pars, transferring all of the pressure to his chasers, who faltered under the strain and fell by the wayside. “Even with a two-shot lead you can blow it, and learning to win is difficult. When you’ve been in that position before it makes it easier,” said Abery.

He shrugged off an early bogey and carded birdies at the second and eighth before turning at one-under for the day. “I got off to a shaky start, but managed to right the ship and finish strong,” he said.

He made his third and final birdie at the 10th and moved to 11-under, a tally he would maintain to seal victory.

Curlewis charged through the final 18 in 65 to take his share of second, three strokes shy of Abery.

A double-drop at the 17th was detrimental to Nelson’s round, and despite retrieving a shot with birdie at the 18th, he finished tied second.

The result was a great start to the summer season for Abery.

“At (the Alfred Dunhill Championship) and SA Open you have to do everything right, but Leopard Creek is my favourite course and I couldn’t be happier heading into it with this win,” he said.

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