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Fantastic Higgo clinches Sun City title

7th June 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Fantastic Higgo clinches Sun City title

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Fantastic Higgo clinches Sun City title

Garric Higgo showed some serious big match temperament in the final round of the Sun City Challenge, carding a three-under-par 69 to claim his first Sunshine Tour win in just three months after earning his playing card at Qualifying School.

Higgo entered the final round trailing Jaco van Zyl by two shots at four-under-par for the week. A birdie on his first hole kicked off his round but those gains were soon lost as he went on to make back-to-back bogeys after the par he made on the second. He made a birdie on the fifth hole and two pars later, he picked two birdies on the trot, on the eighth and the ninth, to turn in 34.

His back nine was just as eventful, making two bogeys and three birdies to sing for a tournament total of seven-under-par 209 and win by one shot.

“I’m still stressed but I’m sure it will sink in a bit later,” said Higgo. “I’m very happy, happy that my family was here to witness it. But it was a difficult three days but I got it done. I played really well throughout.”

He came in in a share of third at the Zanaco Masters earlier in the season and has a Big Easy Tour win under his belt already, and at a very challenging Gary Player Country Club layout, Higgo proved he can compete at the highest level.

“I was in contention in Zambia and I remember on the one hole I kind of threw it away because I thought I was out of it,” revealed Higgo, “but for the whole day today I knew that whether I win or not, I will be up there. This win takes a lot of pressure off me for the rest of the year. My goal was to play some co-sanctioned events, and obviously, you need to make a certain amount of one but with the win now, it puts me ahead of schedule.”

Higgo showed maturity out there, shrugging off pressure from such players as Ockie Strydom who finished runner-up and Jaco van Zyl whose game looks like it’s taking shape again. Kyle Barker also had a great tournament in Sun City, sharing the fourth spot with the in-form JC Ritchie.

Veteran Keith Horne, Jaco Ahlers, Ryan Cairns, Rhys West and last year’s champion, Neil Schietekat shared the sixth spot at two-under-par.

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