facebook
twitter
search
search

Madsen wins South African Open Championship

Nov. 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

EKURHULENI, South Africa, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Morten Orum Madsen picked up his first European Tour victory Sunday by posting a closing 5-under-par 67 and winning the South African Open Championship.

Madsen started the final round one stroke off Charl Schwartzel's lead but came through with a bogey-free round Sunday for the win. It was his fourth professional title overall, with the other three coming in the Nordic League.

Madsen had a spate of four bogeys in a five-hole span of the first round Thursday but had only three bogeys the rest of the week and finished at 19-under 269. His steady second nine Sunday, which included birdies at Nos. 13, 15 and 16 and six pars, clinched the win.

South Africans Jbe Kruger, who had a 65 Sunday, and Hennie Otto, with a 68, tied for second at 17-under. Schwartzel, who had a triple bogey and a double bogey Sunday en route to a 1-under 71, tied Marco Crespi for fourth at 16-under. Crespi turned in a 2-under 70 Sunday.

Schwartzel seemed on his way to the tournament title when he had three birdies in the first four holes Sunday but he erased all that with a 6 at the par-3 sixth hole. Madsen, meanwhile, had birdies at Nos. 2 and 7 that moved him into the lead.

Schwartzel dropped out of contention with a double-bogey 6 at the 10th hole.

Otto had consecutive birdies over Nos. 12-14 that had him 20-under for the tournament but he stumbled with a bogey at the par-5 15th and a double bogey at 16.

Kruger was 5-under in a four-hole span late in the round but didn't get closer than two strokes of Madsen.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
FSU dismisses QB after video shows him hitting woman
Tennessee Titans QB Mariota remains unsigned
Chicago Blackhawks trade G Nilsson to Edmonton Oilers for F Coughlin
Report: G Williams rejoining Cleveland Cavaliers
WBO strips Mayweather of welterweight title