South African cruises to 6-stroke victory as he wins for 2nd time in 3 weeks during European Tour’s visit to Spanish archipelago
Garrick Higgo has found a second home in the Canary Islands.
Higgo, 21, of South Africa, won his second title in three weeks as the European Tour wrapped up its three-week stay in the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.
Higgo shot 7-under 64 for a 27-under 257 total and six-stroke victory at the Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje on Tenerife Island. Two weeks earlier, he won the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open. South Africans have won five of the 10 purely European Tour events this year. Higgo’s countrymen Justin Harding and Daniel Van Tonder won in consecutive events in Kenya in March.
Higgo, who turned pro in 2019 during his second year of college golf at Nevada-Las Vegas, credits the other South Africans for making him feel at home on the tour.
“They’ve all taken me under their wing,” he said with a smile after having endured a champagne-soaked victory shower from his mates as he stepped off the 18th green. “I’ve learned a lot from them.”
The left-handed Higgo has shown the results of those traveling lessons. Including the two victories in the Canary Islands, he has finished eighth or better in his past four starts.
“It’s amazing,” said Higgo, a three-time winner on the European Tour who won his first title in September at the Portugal Open. “I’m just really happy and thankful. “It’s not easy to lead.”
Well, all evidence to the contrary.
Higgo entered the final round with a five-stroke advantage on Australia’s Maverick Antcliff and Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen. After a birdie-bogey start, Higgo began to pull further away with birdies on two of his next four holes. When he aced the 166-yard, par-3 seventh hole with a 9-iron to open a six-stroke lead, he created a wide path toward victory. Birdies on four of his next eight holes preceded a meaningless bogey at the par-3 16th as he cruised to the title.
Antcliff shot 65 to finish solo second at 21-under 263, followed by Pulkkanen (66) in third place at 264. Julian Suri finished as the top American when he closed with 70 for a 14-under 270 total and share of 27th. (For scores, click here.)
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