DP World Tour: Tommy Fleetwood pips Ryan Fox to dramatic Nedbank Golf Challenge win at Sun City | Golf News

Tommy Fleetwood posted a final round 67 to complete a wide shot from Ryan Fox, with Shubhankar Sharma two shots in third ahead of Richie Ramsay; Fleetwood’s win is his sixth DP World Tour title and his second at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

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Tommy Fleetwood takes a one-stroke win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tommy Fleetwood takes a one-stroke win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tommy Fleetwood ended a three-year winless run on the DP World Tour by completing a spectacular title defense at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Fleetwood overturned a three-stroke deficit in a marathon Sunday at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, where the final round was halted for more than three hours due to thunderstorms, mixing an eagle and four birdies with a bogey lonely to card a five under 66.

The Englishman finished the week 11 under and a stroke ahead of playing partner Ryan Fox, who missed the final hole to miss the chance to edge Rory McIlroy to the top of the season’s DP World Tour leaderboard.

Fleetwood’s victory earned him his sixth DP World Tour title and first since winning the same event in 2019, the last two editions having been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while his success propels him to fourth place in the DP World Tour standings ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

“It’s been a great week,” Fleetwood said. “I already had so many amazing memories with this place and felt like I had such a big connection to it, so this [win] just added to that.”

Tommy Fleetwood reflects on his victory at the Nedbank Challenge

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Tommy Fleetwood reflects on his victory at the Nedbank Challenge

Tommy Fleetwood reflects on his victory at the Nedbank Challenge

How Fleetwood ended his title defense

Fleetwood made his first move taking advantage of the par five seconds and posting back-to-back wins from the fifth, lifting it alongside overnight co-leader Rasmus Hojgaard on 10 under, while Fox fired four straight birdies of the seventh shortly afterwards. weather delay.

Shubhankar Sharma carded a front-nine 32 and started his back nine with a birdie before dropping a shot at the next, while Fleetwood responded to the lack of an eight-footer to save the par at the 12th by contributing from the ground for the eagle in par. -five 14th.

Fleetwood and Sharma both birdied on the 14th to join Fox on 11 under, with the trio locked in a three-under tie for the lead until Sharma failed to get up and down from the sand on the 16th for make the first back-to-back bogies.

Fox lost his share of the lead when he bugged the tricky par-four last after a wayward tee shot, as Fleetwood nearly drilled from 50 feet before tapping for a par to complete an emotional win.

“I played well and didn’t miss a shot before the 18th,” Fox said. “I certainly would have liked to play the 18 a little better and make Tommy work a little harder, but it’s an incredibly difficult golf course to play all the way to the end.

“We were all there or thereabouts with three holes to go but Tommy was the one holding on. Fair play for him. If you had given me second place at the start of the week I would definitely have taken. “

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Sharma finished two shots off third ahead of Scotsman Richie Ramsay, who bogeyed his final two holes, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout took fifth on seven under with Sebastian Soderberg.

Hojgaard stumbled mid-lap and had to settle for a share of eighth after a four of 76, with Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald finishing tied for 13th after the final rounds of 73 and 75.

The DP World Tour season reaches its climax next week at the DP World Tour Championship, with coverage of the featured group starting Thursday from 6am on Sky Sports Golf before full coverage from 7pm.

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