PORT EDWARD, South Africa – Warren Abery dropped two shots in a row on the eighth and the ninth holes in the final round of the Nashua Masters, but he birdied the 10th and 12th to coast to victory Sunday at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.
“I really played the back nine well all week,” Abery said. “I said to my caddie as I got rid of the frustrations after the ninth while walking to the tee shot on No. 10, so let’s turn the corner and keep at it because it’s going to be difficult out there for everyone.”
While he was bogey-free on his way home, his closest competitors buckled under the pressure and in the fierce winds that picked up during the round.
Branden Grace and Oliver Bekker each made two bogeys on the back nine – enough to give Abery a two-shot victory. Abery shot 69 Sunday for a four-round total of 13-under 267.
Grace, Bekker and Alex Haindl, who carded a low-of-the-day 65, all tied for second at 269.
Alan Michell finished fifth at 10 under, and David Hewan was sixth at 9 under.
Abery was especially under threat from Bekker, who moved into the lead after his seventh birdie of the day, on No. 12.
“I knew there was a difficult stretch coming home, and my experience really paid off,” Abery said.
It was Abery’s second victory at the Nashua Masters (2006) and his sixth Sunshine Tour victory. He took four months off in the middle of this season for the birth of his daughter, Jessica.
“I have come back feeling so relaxed, and understanding that there is more to life than golf,” he said.
Sunshine Tour contributed to this report.