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Sharvin finds fine finish in South Africa as local man Bezuidenhout claims second European Tour title


Cormac Sharvin

Cormac Sharvin

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Cormac Sharvin

Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin recorded his best European Tour result since August after finishing tied-25th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Despite a disappointing two-over 74 in his final round at Leopard Creek Country Club, the 28-year-old was still able to sign for his best finish since the English Championship three months ago.

Sharvin bogeyed three of his first five holes in a dreadful start to his round that had him going the wrong way, but a birdie at the par-three seventh got him back on track.

The World No.404 then parred his remaining 11 holes in a row to finish at two-under-par for the week, earning him a tidy finish for his work, only his third top-30 result this season.

The victory went to local man Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who came from behind to claim his second European Tour victory by four shots as the rest of the field collapsed around him.

The Johannesburg native held his nerve on the final day, carding a three-under 69 in his fourth round to leapfrog the leading pair of Adrian Meronk and Jayden Trey Schaper to seal the victory.

Meronk, who had held a one-shot overnight lead, slumped to a four-over 76 in his final round, while Schaper couldn't capitalise and was only one better in Sunday's final round with a 75.

American Sean Crocker had been right in contention up until the very end and was one back of Bezuidenhout with one hole to play, but finished with a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 18th to finish alongside Meronk and Schaper at 10-under.

England's Richard Bland was also among the group tied-second after a 70 in his final round got him into double figures as well.

Meanwhile, Bezuidenhout - the best player in the field at 61st in the world rankings - looks set to break into the world's top-50 with this success, three birdies on the back nine sealing the win.

The South African had started well with three birdies at the third, fifth and sixth but gave them back after a double-bogey at the seventh and a further dropped shot at the eighth.

But with the rest of the field dropping away around him, birdies after the turn on the 11th, 14th and 15th had him well clear of the chasing pack, and once Crocker made a mess of the final hole, the outcome was assured.

Belfast Telegraph