Hennie Otto struggles, but survives to win South African Open
Hennie Otto blew a three shot lead with six holes to play Sunday but recovered in time to win the South African Open. Otto closed with a even par round of 72 at the Serengeti Golf Club and his 14-under par total gave him a one shot victory over Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.
Ekurhuleni, South Africa
November 27, 2011 03:07 pm EST
Hennie Otto looked as if he'd cruise to victory Sunday at the South African Open but a nervous stretch of holes made his second European Tour win difficult.
The South African led his national open by three shots with six holes to play at the Serengeti Golf Club but bogeys at the 13th, 15th and 16th holes dropped him into a tie with Austrian Bernd Weisberger, who was finished at 13-under par, 275.
At the 375-yard 17th, playing downwind, Otto's drive rolled over the green but he was able to chip back within six feet and holed that birdie putt. It provided him the winning margin as a par at 18 gave him an even par round of 72, a 14-under par 274 total and his second career win on the European Tour.
"There are some great names on the trophy," Otto pointed out. "And I said it would be great if I could add mine. Today's the day."
Three players tied for third -- South Africans Thomas Aiken and Ockie Strydom along with England's Richard McEvoy.
Retief Goosen shot 73 and finished at 10-under.
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