Van Velzen continues


The 22-year-old Ryan van Velzen clinched his third title in ten months in the Sunshine Series on Sunday afternoon on the Maccauvleibaan in Vereeniging when he won the Mediclinic invitational tournament by four strokes.

Van Velzen, who finished the final round in 64 strokes, finished at 263, which is 25 strokes under par.

Niel Schietekat was second on 267 (-21) followed by LB Boshoff, Jason Roets, Jovan Rebula, Dylan Mostert and Yuvrav Premlall were all together third on 270 (-18).

Van Velzen’s victory follows his success in the Limpopo Championship and the Bain’s Whiskey Ubunye Team Championship, while he was second in the South African Open.

He said his victory was a surprise, as he had been on holiday for a month.

“I really can’t explain it. I hit the ball very well and didn’t miss any fairways. Before the last round, my jogger and I set a target of 25 shots under par to win,” Van Velzen said in his winner’s interview.

He recorded scores of 66, 69, 64 and 64.

* In the DP World Tour’s Ras Al Khamaih Championship decided at the Al Hamra Country Club, South Africa’s Brandon Stone finished fourth after completing the fourth and final round in 70 strokes.

It was a golden Sunday for Denmark, because Thorbjorn Olesen won the tournament by six strokes (261, -27), while his compatriot Rasmus Hojgaard was second on 267 (-21).

Frenchman Frederic Lacroix was third (268, -20) followed by Stone, Maxmillian Kiefer and Yannik Paul (both from Germany), Keita Nakajima (Japan) and Callum Shinkwin (England) together fourth on 271 (-17).

Zander Lombard was joint 13th on 273 (-15) with the other South Africans Louis de Jager (275, -13), Jayden Schaper (276, -12), Jaco Prinsloo (278, -10) Hennie du Plessis (279, -9) and Dylan Frittelli (286, -2) who was also in the race.

* In the American LPGA’s Drive On Championship played at the Bradenton Country Club in Florida, American Nelly Korda won a playoff against Lydia Ko of New Zealand after both finished on 273 shots (-11).

Korda, who teed off as the leader in the final round, struggled in the final round, recording 73 strokes while Ko managed 69 strokes.

Korda was two shots behind Ko with only two holes remaining, but she opened the door for the playoff with an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th.

Both players finished the first playoff hole in par, but Ko missed a putt on the second playoff hole to give Korda her ninth LPGA title.

The American Megan Khang (276, -8) was third, with Ayake Furue of Japan and Lucy Li (America) together fourth.

  • Sources: Sunshine Series and The Golf Channel