Joburg joy for Sharma
Shubhankar Sharma kept his cool in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open and completed a three-shot win over Erik van Rooyen.
A huge downpour on Sunday meant the Indian had to sleep on the lead and return to Randpark Golf Club early on Monday with 11 holes still to play.
His four-shot advantage was immediately cut to three when local South African van Rooyen tapped in for birdie.
I hit the ball good and I putted really well but the key up-and-downs I made over the first three days, I think I only missed two up-and-downs over the whole week.Shubhankar Sharma
But the 21-year-old Sharma showed impressive maturity to keep his rivals at bay on the back nine and signed for a closing three-under-par 69 to finish at 23-under.
Sharma's second reward was a place in the Open Championship at Carnoustie next summer, something also given to van Rooyen and fellow South African Shaun Norris, who finished in a tie for third.
After landing a first European Tour win on just his 10th start at this level, Sharma said: "It feels absolutely wonderful to have won this week.
"I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago and I decided to come so I'm really happy that I came. This is my first time in South Africa and I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.
"I hit the ball good and I putted really well but the key up-and-downs I made over the first three days, I think I only missed two up-and-downs over the whole week.
"Even today, the up-and-downs I made on the tenth, the 13th and the 15th were very crucial. Once in a while you just have to make a few par saves to get a round going and I did just that the whole week."
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