De Jonge fades away at Valspar

HARARE - For the fourth time in his career Brendon de Jonge held the 36-hole lead but still failed to win the first US PGA crown of his career.

He eventually finished a disappointing 33rd on one-under-par 283 some nine strokes off the pace at the end of the $5,9 million Valspar Championship in Florida on Sunday.

But just two days earlier, de Jonge had seemed on course to break his PGA title duck after rolling in a pair of long putts on his way to a two-under 69 and the 36-hole lead.

At that stage, judging by the holes remaining, he was halfway home to his first PGA Tour title.

But just as has been the case for the Harare-born golfer, his final two rounds ended in despair and saw him fall 19 places down the leaderboard to close the tournament at 33. On the third day, de Jonge slipped to 14th after shooting a poor 75, his worst round in the competition.

Although he shot a commendable 72 on the final day, that was not good enough to match the promise he had earlier shown. For his efforts he walked away with a $30 511,43 prize purse.

Meanwhile, the Valspar Championship went to Jordan Spieth, a 21-year-old golf sensation from Texas.

The American golfer beat Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair in a playoff to win yesterday’s Valspar Championship. At just 21, Spieth’s latest success makes him only the fourth player since 1940 to win two PGA Tour titles before turning 22.

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