Locals disappoint at SA Open

HARARE - There was domestic carnage for Zimbabwean golfers at the South African Open that was held at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa over the weekend.

No Zimbabwean made the cut at the prestigious tournament with only Ryan Cairns coming closest for the Zimbabwean contingent.

However, his nightmarish rounds of 76 and 75 left him on seven-over 151 after two rounds which was not good enough for him to make the cut.

Cairns was marking his return on the Sunshine Tour in the opening event of the year since suffering a hamstring injury last year.

Either than that there was little to talk about for locals.

Zimbabwean hopefuls Mark Williams, Sheldon Steyn, William Lake, Sean Farrell, Dale Howie and Greg Bentley all failed to negotiate the prequalifying stage.

However, it was a different story for Andy Sullivan, who emerged the winner of the co-sanctioned European Tour event.

Sullivan fashioned a brilliant birdie on the first playoff hole as Charl Schwartzel let slip a five-shot overnight lead in a late collapse at the South African Open.

Schwartzel (74) finished terribly, making two bogeys and a double-bogey in his last five holes to fall back to 11-under and allow Sullivan (67) a chance at victory in the playoff.

Both players missed the fairway off the tee in the playoff, but Sullivan sent a low pitch from under a tree onto the green, and then holed out for an unexpected birdie to win.

"It's unbelievable," Sullivan said. "After Saturday I didn't think I stood much of a chance with Charl getting ahead that far."

"To just play on the European Tour is something I`ve wanted to do my whole life," Sullivan said, "so to win an event just caps it all off and to do it in South Africa where I have always enjoyed playing, it has just been an incredible week."

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