Vincent, Williams leave mark at Africa PGA

HARARE - Golfers Scott Vincent and Mark Williams narrowly missed out on the Eye of Africa PGA Championship party but did enough to pocket R55 000 and R32 000 respectively after finishing fourth and sixth.

Vincent, who received an invite to the tournament, was Zimbabwe’s best performer after tying for fourth place with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli on a total of 14-under-par 274.

The duo was just six strokes off eventual winner, Jaco van Zyl of South Africa a seasoned golfer and previous two-time winner of the tournament.

His total 274 included rounds of 68 70 66 and 70, had 18 birdies, found par 50 times and the only blemish of four bogeys.

Williams, was not far off the pace after his fiery bogey-free final round 68 elevated him to a share of sixth place.

Before that, the Bulawayo-raised golfer had signed for 70 67 and 71 for his total of 12-under-par 276.

However, in the end the Eye of Africa PGA Championship belonged to Van Zyl who won his third title in the event.

The seasoned golfer took the Eye of Africa PGA Championship on the first extra hole of a play-off on Sunday after finishing regulation play level on 20-under-par with Zimbabwean-born but now South Africa’s top golfer Dean Burmester.

In third place, three strokes back from the leading duo, was Ockie Strydom, and three more shots back were Dylan Frittelli and invitee Vincent from Zimbabwe.

The Eye of Africa PGA Championship was back on the Sunshine Tour schedule after an absence of a year.

The tournament has been one of the most prestigious in South Africa since its inception in 1923.

Meanwhile, Ryan Cairns was Zimbabwe’s third highest placed golfer, finishing 43rd on the leaderboard a total one-under-par 287 following rounds of 74 68 73 and 72.

Cairns took him R8 107 for his efforta.

Zimbabwe’s Greg Bentley had a torrid time on the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate, failing to make the cut following opening rounds of 77 and 77 that left him 10-over-par.

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