Saurombe wins Harare Open

HARARE - Robson Saurombe believes his mental strength made the difference following his come from behind win of the Golden Pilsener Harare Open at Chapman Golf Club on Saturday.

Saurombe’s opening 66 had earned him a five stroke lead but a disastrous 78 saw him tumble down the perking order before rising to edge Mohammad Madhu in tightly fought play-off.

The 31-year-old Mutare raised golfer signed for a well worked final round 70 to go atop of the money table on two under par before Mhandu birdied the 18th hole to take the contest into a play-off.

Mhandu, however, three parted on the last hole to settle for par.

Saurombe took advantage of his rival’s error to fire a birdie and wrap up the championship.

For his efforts, Saurombe won $3600.

Mhandu took home $2600 whilst Nickson Masunga who closed in third on one under par took home $2100 prize money.

Brian Gondo who was leading by one shot going into the third and final round had a disastrous afternoon, managing a wild 83 to finish tied 27th.

Saurombe was happy to have converted his good start into a win despite having lost his way in the second round.

“I have been putting quite a bit of work on the mental side and I have been getting some advice from seasoned golfers and it paid off for me,” Saurombe said.

“After yesterday (second round) I didn’t think I had a chance but I just hung in there.  I told myself to shoot a low number. I didn’t really shoot a low number but the number I got helped me sail through to the play off. And I then managed to get back together from there.”

The former Hwange Open champion said with the help of more funding he felt his career could head for dizzy heights.

“My biggest dream is to play on the Sunshine tour but the struggle will always be sponsorship. If I get sponsorship to try Sunshine Tour it would really do me great. Because that has always been my passion since I turned professional to play on the international circuit,” he said.

Meanwhile Visitor Mapawanya and Perkins Mutenda finished as the highest placed amateurs after finishing tied 14th

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