Keeping Score

Daniel Van Tonder wins 5th worldwide title in past 7 months

South African claims Kenya Savannah Classic on 3rd playoff hole for his 1st title on European Tour after success on Sunshine Tour

5: Number of worldwide victories on major professional tours in the past seven months for Daniel Van Tonder. The 30-year-old South African needed three playoff holes to defeat Jazz Janewattananond at the European Tour’s Kenya Savannah Classic on Friday in Nairobi. Van Tonder sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Karen Country Club in their third extra trip over the par-4 closing hole after he and Janewattananond had matched pars on the first two extra holes. They had tied at 21-under 263 after each had shot 7-under 64 in the final round. It was the first victory on the European Tour for Van Tonder, who has won seven times on his native Sunshine Tour, including four times since August. During that time, he had risen from No. 250 in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 140 at the beginning of last week. “I’ve been working hard,” Van Tonder said. “Last year, I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour, my stroke average was quite low – then COVID happened, and it made everything a bit hard travel-wise and getting into tournaments. It wasn’t easy. I had to work hard and keep myself motivated. It paid off, so I’m very happy.” Janewattananond, 25, a six-time Asian Tour winner from Thailand, was looking for his first victory on the European Tour. England’s Sam Horsfield and Scotland’s Calum Hill tied for third at 20-under 264 after each closed with 64. Justin Harding, who won the Magical Kenya Open on Sunday on the same course, faded with a final-round 73 to finish T-14 at 15-under 269 (scores).

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