Muyambo wins Golden Pilsener Harare Open

HARARE - Fifty two-year-old Day Muyambo rolled back the years to deny Ryan Cairns a sixth professional title inside 12 months with a dramatic  one stroke victory at the Golden Pilsener Harare Open at Chapman Golf Club yesterday.

Muyambo carded 70 to finish with a gross total score of six-under-par 210 to walk away with the winner’s purse of $4 500.

Cairns, who had led round one and two, struggled with his putting on the final round to finish on a disappointing one-over-par 73.

The Vodacom Origins of Golf champion missed a putt on the 18th hole which Muyambo capitalised on by carding a birdie to seal a one shot victory.

Day’s son, Nyasha, who finished in fourth with two-over-par 218 led the wild celebrations that ensued as the Muyambo family celebrated a remarkable victory.

“I started brightly, I birdied number one and I almost got a hole in one on number three, from there I never looked back,” Muyambo told reporters.

“The guys I was playing with were playing some good shots. I just said to myself I am not going to be distracted by their type of play. I am just happy to have won in my sunset years.”

Two shots off the pace going into the final round and having beeengrouped with Cairns and Tongo Charamba, Muyambo got off to dream start after shooting a birdie on hole number one.

The Nyatsimba Mutota champion went on to birdie holes number 3,6 and 9 to finish his front nine on four-under 32 to put Cairns on the ropes.

However Muyambo dropped two shots on the back nine as pressure mounted from the well-travelled Cairns.

Whilst Cairns and Muyambo were battling for honours, Tongo Charamba was having a nightmare opening nine rounds trailing pace setter Muyambo by four shots.

An eagle on hole number 14 and another on number 18 ,thrust him back into the money and into second place.

 On second place with five-under-par 211, Charamba was tied with Ignatius Mtekete, and Cairns. The trio pocketed $2 625.

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