Kingston wins So. African Airways Open

Dec. 16, 2007 at 4:57 PM

PAARL, South Africa, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- James Kingston shot 1-under-par 71 Sunday, good enough to win the rain-delayed Southern African Airways Open at Paarl by one stroke over Oliver Wilson.

The native South African won the European Tour tournament after a near four-hour rain delay. Kingston's 72-hole total was 4-under 284.


Following a poor start (bogeys at one, six and nine), Wilson, the overnight leader, moved within one shot of Kingston's lead at the 10th, but Kingston steadied himself long enough to capture his first victory on the European Tour.

"That was the toughest day I have ever had," Kingston said. "I have had chances before and not made the most of them, but today, for once, I clinched it."

Wilson (73) finished 3-under 285.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (68) joined Kyron Sullivan (71) of Wales and South Africans Garth Mulroy (73) and Louis Oosthuizen (71) in third at 1-under 287.

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