25th June 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Strong finish for Walters in Germany
Justin Walters fired in a blemish-free eight-under-par 64 in the final round of the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany, to claim a share of a ninth-place finish on six-under-par 282 on Sunday.
Walters needed a good showing on Sunday to compensate for the below-standard 75 he signed for at the end of round three at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof. That’s exactly what he did on the last day, opening with three consecutive birdies before pars on the fourth and fifth holes halted his progress.
He was not going to let those hold him up, however, and he made further gains the sixth and again on the ninth, as he went out in 31. In contrast to how he started his front nine, Walters, picked up pars from the 10th through to the 12th hole before making a very welcome birdie on 13. One par later, Walters picked up back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 while closing his round with a pair of pars.
In a round only bested by playing partner Dane Thobjorn Olesen’s impressive 11-under 61, Walters didn’t look like he was going to make any mistakes and had his opening 76 and third-round 75 each been two strokes lower, this would have been an even more interesting weekend for the South African as he finished four shots behind Matt Wallace’s winning 10-under.
Despite the deficit, Walters will be happy to register back-to-back top-10 finish following the share of third he got at the Shot Clock Masters a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, Christiaan Bezuidenhout bounced back solidly from the share of 61st he got at 2018 Shot Clock Masters, sharing 33rd in Germany on one-under.
Over on the Challenge Tour it was Sunshine Tour member Toby Tree who claimed a top-four finish at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by MacDonald Hotels and Resorts. Rounds of 70-69-72-71 gave Tree a total of six-under 278, five shots behind David Law who emerged victorious.