Allenby wins Nedbank in playoff
Sunday, December 6, 2009
SUN CITY, South Africa – Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round.
Stenson shot a 69 to tie Allenby at 11-under 277 at the Gary Player Country Club.
The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation.
They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.
“I thought we were going to be there all night,” Allenby said. “But I’m proud to be the first Australian to win this title, and I knew once Henrik pushed his approach out right (in the third round), I had a chance if I could hit the green in regulation.”
Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth in the 12-man field.
Tim Clark had a 69 and Ross Fisher shot a 70 to share third, while Masters champion Angel Cabrera was sixth after a 75.