Spangenberg breaks through in Zimbabwe

Theunis Spangenberg won the rain-shortened 2011 Africom Zimbabwe Open for his first victory on the Sunshine Tour.

HARARE, Zimbabwe – After three days of nasty weather, the sunshine and Theunis Spangenberg finally broke through at the Africom Zimbabwe Open.

Numerous delays reduced the Sunshine Tour event to 54 holes after the third round was canceled. Spangenberg, who didn’t hit a single shot on Saturday because he was among the few who could complete his second round on Friday, came out fresh on Sunday at Royal Harare Golf Club.

TOP 10 FINAL SCORES

1 201 -15 Theunis Spangenberg (RSA) 64 67 70

2 203 -13 Matthew Carvell (RSA) 70 69 64

3 205 -11 Dawie Van der Walt (RSA) 69 70 66

4= 206 -10 Adilson da Silva (BRA) 73 65 68

Jbe’ Kruger (RSA) 68 68 70

6= 207 -9 Ben Mannix (ENG) 69 70 68

Martin Maritz (RSA) 67 71 69

Andrew Georgiou (RSA) 68 69 70

Darryn Lloyd (RSA) 67 66 74

10= 208 -8 Darren Fichardt (RSA) 72 69 67

Johan du Buisson (RSA) 69 71 68

Warren Abery (RSA) 70 69 69

Neil Schietekat (RSA) 68 69 71

Spangenberg finished at 15-under 201 – enough for a two-stroke victory over Matthew Carvell. By the turn on Sunday, Spangenberg had built a four-shot lead, but he struggled to find consistency on the back nine, hitting only two fairways and two greens in regulation.

Nevertheless, he managed to get up-and-down on all but one green and shoot 70 for his first win on the Sunshine Tour.

Carvell recorded a 64 on Sunday for the day’s best round.

“It’s a nice feeling to stand here,” Spangenberg said. “I was confident coming here, although I didn’t expect to win, which is a bit of a negative feeling, but now I am just happy to be standing here with the trophy.”

Spangenberg revealed that his nerves affected him on No. 14, when he failed to get up-and-down from just off the green, and the wheels looked to be coming off on the next hole, when his tee shot sailed over the back of the green into thick rough under a tree.

However, he chipped the ball just past the hole and rolled the putt in for par, which settled his nerves.

Information from the Sunshine Tour was used in this report.

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