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Madsen claims his maiden Tour win at South African Open

AFP, JOHANNESBURG

Morten Orum Madsen claimed the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club in Gauteng on Sunday for his maiden European win.

Belying his 244th world ranking the 25-year-old Dane won the EPGA’s opening Race To Dubai event by two shots after a final round 67 for a 19-under total of 269.

South Africa’s Jbe Kruger earned a share of second with a 65 to join his compatriot Hennie Otto at 17-under.

Another local hope, Carl Schwartzel, let slip his one-shot overnight lead in a fourth round marred by a triple-bogey at the par-three sixth.

The Johannesburg native, aiming to win the South African Open for the first time, made up some ground on the back nine, but signed for a 71 for fourth, on 16-under, with Marco Crespi of Italy.

Madsen described the outcome as “amazing” and added: “It’s a cliche to say it hasn’t sunk in — but it hasn’t.”

“I’m so happy. Coming here I expected to play well, but not to be standing here talking as the winner,” he said.

“It’s been an amazing day,” added Madsen, who had five birdies in all during a blemish-free round.

Despite going round with 2011 Masters champion and eight-time European Tour winner Schwartzel, Madsen said: “I definitely felt like I could still win, but he looked like he was going to go off and I was just trying to hang on, and maybe stay in two or three shots and give myself a chance.”

“I had a great back nine, but unfortunately for him he struggled,” he said. “On a couple of holes he had some bad breaks. Luckily for me I was there to capitalize, and I did with some nice birdies down the stretch.”

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