Otto wins golf's South African Open

Nov. 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM   |   Comments

EKURHULENI, South Africa, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Hennie Otto shot an even-par 72 Sunday in hanging on to win the European Tour's South African Open Championship.

Otto finished the tournament at 14-under 274 for his second European Tour victory. He won the Italian Open in May 2008.

Bernd Wiesberger fired a 4-under 68 Sunday and finished second at 13-under. Thomas Aiken (72 Sunday), Richard McEvoy (68) and Ockie Strydom (69) finished tied for third at 11-under.

Magnus Carlsson (73), Trevor Fisher Jr. (68) and Retief Goosen (73) tied for sixth, four strokes behind Otto.

Otto opened the final round with a three-stroke lead but Wiesberger moved into contention with three early birdies. Wiesberger was 4-under after 11 holes but had a bogey at the 13th hole. A birdie at 15 left him at 13-under for the tournament.

Otto was 2-under through 12 holes Sunday but came back to the pack with three bogeys in a four-hole span before a 17th-hole birdie put him back in the lead.

He is the eighth South African to win the tournament. South African players have won the event 12 of the 16 time -- including 10 of the last 11 -- it's been contested.

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