South Africa’s Garrick Higgo held off the problem of Maximilian Kieffer to win his second European Tour title on the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.
The 21-year-old from Johannesburg carded the bottom spherical of his European Tour profession with a 63 on day three to place himself within the driving seat and he had prolonged his result in 4 pictures by the activate the ultimate spherical.
Kieffer, who suffered a play-off defeat final week in Austria, performed the again 9 in simply 30 pictures to signal for a 62 and pile on the strain, however Higgo saved his cool and registered one other 63 to get 25 below par and seal a three-shot victory.
Dane Jeff Winther picked up 4 pictures in his final three holes to signal for a 64 and get to 21 below and end third, two pictures away from England’s Sam Horsfield.
Higgo’s maiden victory finally season’s Open de Portugal got here in simply his seventh occasion and this triumph at Meloneras Golf arrives in his twenty fourth. The win takes him to a profession finest sixty fifth on the world rankings.
“It’s unreal. I can’t put it into phrases, it feels wonderful,” mentioned Higgo, who turned skilled in 2019 after graduating from the College of Nevada within the US. “The birdies on 9 and ten had been huge for me by way of my confidence, nevertheless it wasn’t over till the final gap actually, so it was all a bit irritating. It was the primary time ever that I’ve had a lead going into the ultimate spherical, as all my different wins have been from behind. So I do know what it’s prefer to beat somebody and I knew that it may change even on the seventeenth, so I used to be simply attempting to maintain myself within the battle.
“I spoke to Gary Participant final evening truly and he simply mentioned that there is no such thing as a such factor as a lead and you need to play like you’re two behind, in order that was good from him. My sport is unquestionably trending the precise method. I’ve been working onerous and there are issues I can get higher at, so I’ll simply take each week because it comes and see the place my sport goes.”
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Garrick Higgo – What’s within the bag
Driver: Titleist TSi3
Fairway wooden: Titleist TSi2
Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2
Irons: Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50˚, 54˚, 60˚)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T5.5 Proto
Ball: Titleist Professional V1x