Vincent, Cayeux miss SA Open cut

HARARE - Zimbabwean  golfers Scott Vincent and Marc Cayeux failed to make the cut at the rain-affected BMW South Africa Open at the Glendower Golf Club.

Vincent fired rounds of 76 and 72 for gross total of four-over par 148 while Cayeux finished on 10-over par 154.

To make the cut, the two golfers needed to be on one-under 143 after 36 holes but they were far off the mark.

Former major winners Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen were also eliminated from the tournament.

Northern Ireland’s Clarke slumped to a seven-bogey 78 in the second round after beginning the tournament with a two-under 70.

The 2011 British Open champion struggled on the par fours, dropping a shot at six of them over the 6 942-metre parkland course.

Four-time major champion Els of South Africa added a 70 to his opening 74 for a 144 total, missing a chance to play the final two rounds by just one shot.

Compatriot Goosen, twice a major title-holder, recovered from a disastrous eight-over 80 on Thursday to card a 71, but the damage had been done in the opening round.

Faldo, returning to the European Tour at the age of 59, was unable to replicate his excellent two-under 70 start, and a 75 meant he missed the cut by two shots.

A double-bogey six at the fifth, sandwiched between two bogeys, proved costly for the winner of six majors, who combines playing golf with commentating on it.

In the end, the co-sanctioned tournament was won by Englishman Graeme Storm after he edged out Rory McIlroy on the third play-off hole after they ended the fourth round tied on 18-under 270.

In November, Storm finished 100 Euros short of the prize money needed to guarantee his spot for this season.

However, he kept his Tour card after American Patrick Reed's points were deducted because he had not played in the minimum number of tournaments required.

"I'm shocked. This has been a surreal week and to find myself in the position I was in with probably the best player in the world was a dream come true," said Storm.

"I got my playing rights due to the fact Patrick could not play and I took it with both hands. To win this tournament with the prestige of it is incredible."

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