Otto Snatches South African Open Victory


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South African Hennie Otto posted a par on the challenging eighteenth to claim a win over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger by one stroke at the South African Open on Sunday.

The local favorite fired an even-par 72 in the final round for a total of a 14-under-274 and snatched his second career European Tour title. Otto ran into bogeys at holes 13, 15 and 16, but scored a birdie on the 17th hole to win his first European Tour event since the Italian Open in 2008.

In the meantime, runner-up Wiesberger finished with a 4-under 68, firing five birdies and one bogey.

Two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen fired a 73 to tie for sixth place at 10-under.

Englishman Richard McEvoy finished with a 68 to take a joint lead with South Africa’s Ockie Strydom (69) and Thomas Aiken (72) at 11-under.

Otto was three shots ahead before the final round but made an unexpected bogey on the back nine and dropped into a tie with Wiesberger.

However, the decisive birdie on 17 brought him back on top of the leaderboard. This win propelled Otto into the top 60 in the Race to Dubai, made him $210,000 richer and gave him a berth for the season-ending Dubai World Championship.