HARARE - Brendon de Jonge came agonisingly close to winning his first PGA crown on Sunday but dropped four shots, which eventually cost him the $3 million Puerto Rico Open.
He would eventually fall two strokes off the pace.
The burly golfer came into the competition as the top-ranked player in the field at 87th in the world and almost lived up to expectations with three birdies in the first three holes of his final round.
However, a triple bogey on the fourth hole and a bogey on the seventh saw him get into trouble.
He would go one-under on his back nine but that was too little too late and ultimately saw him fall five places down the leaderboard to close in 10th place.
The l golfer shared 10th place on 283 alongside John Daly, Australian Rod Pampling and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello.
His best US PGA showing still remains McGladrey Classic last year when he lost in the playoff.
Meanwhile, Alex Cejka won the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA TOUR title, making a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a five-man playoff.
The 44-year-old Czech-born German, a four-time European Tour winner, birdied four of the first six holes and finished with a three-under 69 in rainy, windy conditions at Trump International-Puerto Rico.
“I’m speechless,” Cejka told reporters in Puerto Rico.
“I’m glad it’s over. It’s been a grinding week, tough week. The first victory is always the toughest. These guys are good.
“I mean this is the slogan. At least I can say I played the PGA Tour for a long time and I won. So that’s a good sentence I can use when I retire.”