De Jonge finishes 18th

HARARE - Zimbabwe's golfer Brendon de Jonge cared a final round 66 to finish joint 18th at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, over the weekend.

De Jonge, who had signed for cards of 69, 68, and 66 in the opening three rounds, ended the tournament on 19-under 269 just nine strokes behind eventual winner Patrick Reed of the United States.

The Zimbabwean pocketed a cheque for $74 328 for his efforts in La Quinta.

There were also four other golfers, who finished on 19-under at the tourney namely: Scott Langley, Keegan Bradley, Luke Guthrie and James Driscoll.

The Humana Challenge was de Jonge’s second tournament of the year after he had finished in 55th place at the Sony Hawaii Open.

Reed went into the final round with a commanding seven-stroke lead and almost blew it away with four bogeys but eventually won the tournament after closing out one-under 71.

"I wasn't pleased with the round today but I got it done," the burly 23-year-old told Golf Channel after completing a wire-to-wire victory with a 28-under total of 260, finishing two ahead of fellow American Ryan Palmer (63).

"The first three days were kind of grind and go, play as low as you can," said Reed, who became the first player on the PGA Tour to post scores no worse than 63 in each of the first three rounds.

"But Sundays are always a little harder, as everyone knows, and also the flags are a little tougher. I just tried to stick to the game plan, tried to post a decent number."

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