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De Decker plays hockey, but endures to win Centurion Open

TSHWANE, 3 February 2016 – Andre de Decker battled a frosty putter and a spirited charge from Hennie du Plessis, but the West Lake golfer prevailed to claim a wire-to-wire victory in the IGT Pro Tour’s Centurion Open on Wednesday.
De Decker hit the front with an opening seven under 65 and protected his overnight lead with a second 65 to carry a four shot lead into the final round at Centurion Country Club.
But, when his putter turned ice cold, the 25-year-old Sunshine Tour rookie left himself with a lot of work to do to celebrate a maiden breakthrough on the country’s premier development Tour.
“The short stick served me really well over the first two rounds, but today it was like putting with a hockey stick,” said De Decker after he closed with a frustrating 73 to triumph on 13 under 203.
His putter served up 14 birdies and two eagles over the first two days, but the Western Province native collected just two gains in the final round to offset three bogeys.
“When we got to the 18th, Hennie had to hole a one foot putt to force a play-off, but the putt lipped out,” De Decker said.
“I was relieved that I got the job done, but the result could easily have gone Hennie’s way. It was frustrating, because I struck the ball as well as I did in the first two rounds and I chipped really well, too. I just couldn’t get the putter going; couldn’t convert my chances.”
De Decker found a way to tough it out despite the balky putter.
”I was one over at the turn and made a birdie at the first to get back to level,” he said.
“I made two great up-and-downs from the trenches at two and three to save par, but I got too aggressive at the fifth hole and dropped another shot. I felt that I had to make at least two birdies over the last three holes to win.
“At seven, I was dead against the lip of the bunker and did well take save par, but I missed both birdie chances at eight and nine.”
With the Tshwane Open qualifier looming, De Decker intends to spend some quality time with his putter over the next few days.
“I’ve been putting really well the last six months, so this was really out of the ordinary,” he said.
“The rest of my game is very sharp, especially my irons and chipping. I just need to figure out what went wrong, but I’m ready for Tuesday. I really enjoyed playing with Hennie. He is a great competitor and he was a solid game. It be something if we both made the qualifier and could go head-to-head over the first two rounds of the Tshwane Open.”
Limpopo’s Du Plessis signed off with a 70, while fellow GFG Academy player Jc Ritchie with a 68 to take third on 205.

FINAL ROUND RESULT (top 10)
203 - Andre De Decker 65 65 73
204 - Hennie Du Plessis 71 63 70
205 - JC Ritchie 72 65 68
206 - Damian Naicker 73 67 66, Teaghan Gauche 68 70 68, Tyrone Mordt 71 66 69
207 - Jake Roos 71 71 65, Daniel Hammond 67 69 71, Louis De Jager 67 68 72
209 - Oliver Bekker 71 68 70, Pieter Moolman 71 68 70

PHOTO – Andre de Decker; credit CJ du Plooy.

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Your Home Club?
De Zalze Golf Club
What is your favorite course to play?
Pearl Valley & Arabella
What was your lowest round (lowest score)?
64
What's the strongest part of your game?
Around the greens & bunker play
What part of your game are you working on?
Off the tee & putting
Who's your favorite professional golfer and why?
Seve Ballesteros, simply because he can up & down anywhere and always finds a way to post a good score.
When did you start?
Age 6
What are your goals for your golf career?
To win the Masters, as well as be top 10 in the world.
What is your best memory from playing golf?
Winning the World Juniors at Kingswood
What does the IGT Pro Tour do for You?
It is a great platform to up your confidence as well as preps you for q-school and important tournaments
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Driving and Putting
Who's your favorite professional golfer and why?
Tiger Woods, he showed us that the stronger your mind is the better you can play.
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7 years old
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To be the best in the world. Play on the European and US PGA Tour.
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What does the IGT Pro Tour do for You?
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Play good golf under pressure.
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Du Plessis turns up heat in Centurion Open

TSHWANE, 2 February 2016 – Rising Limpopo star Hennie du Plessis took advantage of the sun-soaked conditions in Tshwane to close the gap on second round leader Andre de Decker in the IGT Tour’s Centurion Open on Tuesday.
Despite spoiling a nearly flawless card with a bogey at the par four fourth, 25-year-old De Decker from Westlake will chase a wire-to-wire maiden win after firing a second successive seven under 65 at Centurion Country Club to finish at 14 under 130.
Du Plessis, meanwhile, scorched the par-72 layout with a flawless nine-under-par 63 to surge within four shots of the overnight pacesetter.
The 19-year-old Sesambos golfer graduated the IGT Tour at the end of 2015 when he won the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in Bloemfontein. Having survived the gruelling rookie season, Du Plessis was anxious to start his second season with a bang, but he missed out at both qualifiers for the BWM SA Open and Joburg Open.
“Its last chance saloon time now,” Du Plessis said.
“I have to shoot a low number in Tuesday’s qualifier at Woodhill Country Club to make the field for the Tshwane Open. It’s the last co-sanctioned tournament with the European Tour. I will need to push very hard to get a spot in the starting line-up.”
Du Plessis cut his teeth on the IGT Tour when he left the pro-ranks in July 2014, but regularly returns to the country’s premier development Tour in off weeks to work on his game or to stay competitive.
“That’s why I teed it up here at Centurion this week,” he said.
“I’m striking the ball really well, but my putter has been a little streaky. I came to work on the putter this week and this round has given me a jolt of confidence.”
The GFG Academy player collected a trio of birdies at 12, 13 and 14 and added another brace of gains at 16 and 17 to go five under.
“There wasn’t really any fireworks in my round, except maybe for the awesome chip I holed at the second for birdie and the three straight birdies from seven for my 63,” he said.
“I definitely left a few out there, especially on the par fives. I missed birdie chances at 15 and one, but overall I couldn’t be happier. I hit my irons really well and left most of them close, inside six feet.
“But what I’m really happy about is the putting. I really hit the putter well and barely missed all day. That leaves me really confident for next week. I’m not thinking about a win tomorrow, but I really want to shoot another low round to make sure I’m pitch perfect for Woodhill.”
Last week’s Killarney Open champion, Louis de Jager, will start the final round five shots off the pace after a second 68, while 2015 Big Easy Championship winner Daniel Hammond is six behind De Decker after signing for a 69.

SECOND ROUND SCORES - top 10
130 - Andre De Decker 65 65
134 - Hennie Du Plessis 71 63
135 - Louis De Jager 67 68
136 - Daniel Hammond 67 69
137 - JC Ritchie 72 65, Tyrone Mordt 71 66
138 - Teaghan Gauche 68 70, Russel Franz 69 69
139 - Pieter Moolman 71 68, Oliver Bekker 71 68, Juan Swart 68 71

PHOTO – Hennie du Plessis; credit CJ du Plooy

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour Gauteng and IGT Tour Cape provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of more than 50 events (36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments) that enables its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.
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De Decker drives to Centurion Open lead

TSHWANE, 1 February 2016 - Westlake professional Andre de Decker boxed two eagle putts on his way to a blistering seven-under-par 65 to edge clear of a clutch of fellow Sunshine Tour rookies in the first round of the IGT Tour’s Centurion Open on Monday.
With the European Tour co-sanctioned Tshwane Open qualifier just a week away, the rookies were out in full force at Centurion Country Club, but it was De Decker who finished at the top of the pile after loops of 33 and 32.
The former top ranked amateur campaigned on the Golden State Tour in the United States last year and narrowly missed out on sealing a card for the 2016 Web.com Tour.
“So I decided to come home and play the Sunshine Tour before heading back to the States later this year,” said De Decker, who claimed the third card on offer at Q-School in December.
“I lost out in a play-off at the qualifier for the BMW SA Open and unfortunately I fell ill with Salmonella poisoning before the Joburg Open qualifier, so things haven’t really gone to plan.
“That’s why I am competing on the IGT Tour this week. I really need to take my A-game to the qualifier next week so I can get into the last co-sanctioned event and get a foot on the ladder.”
The 25-year-old Capetonian offset bogeys an early bogey at 11 and another drop at 16 with an eagle at the par five 15th and a hat-trick of birdies at 12, 14 and 17.
He erased a lone bogey on the back nine with three more gains before signing off in style with an eagle at the par five ninth.
“I made a weak bogey at 11, but I knew there were plenty of scoring holes to catch up shots, so the drop didn’t bother me too much,” he said.
“At 14 I had a 20-footer just slip past the edge for eagle, but I made the putt for birdie and got my eagle at next hole. At 16, I misjudged the wind and ended up in water off the tee. I nearly holed out at 17 and had a nice short putt inside a foot for birdie.
“I turned three under and played the back nine aggressive, but without taking unnecessary risks. The tap in eagle was at nine was unexpected, but it was a great bonus at the end of the round, because it gave me the one shot advantage.
“It’s really nice to have the chance to play the IGT Tour, because it is a good opportunity to see where your game is at and what you need to polish. I still felt as if I left a ton of birdies out there, but it’s a nice solid start to the week.”
De Decker leads by one from 2015 IGT Tour graduate Armandt Scholtz and he finished two shots clear of Daniel Hammond and three-time Sunshine Tour champion Louis de Jager, who made a welcome return to the winner’s circle in last week’s Killarney Open.
Yet another Sunshine Tour rookie Teaghan Gauche tied at four under with amateur Sean Bradley and 2015 IGT Tour winners Juan Swart and Dean O’Riley, while Michael Palmer – a four-time winner on the country’s premier development Tour last year – grabbed a seat on the bus at two under.

FIRST ROUND SCORES - TOP 10
65 - Andre de Decker
66 - Armandt Scholtz
67 - Louis De Jager, Daniel Hammond
68 - Teaghan Gauche, Sean Bradley (AMA), Juan Swart, Dean O'Riley
69 - Russel Franz, Jaco Prinsloo, Eric Nel (AMA)

PHOTO – Andre de Decker; credit CJ du Plooy

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour Gauteng and IGT Tour Cape provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of more than 50 events (36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments) that enables its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.
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De Jager gets his just deserts at Killarney Open

JOHANNESBURG, 28 January 2016 – While Keith Horne was busy upstaging world number one Jordan Spieth in round one of the Singapore Open in Asia, his Lumenrock Sport stable-mate Louis De Jager celebrated a wire-to-wire victory in the IGT Tour’s Killarney Open on Wednesday.
“I’m flippen happy to see that Keith got his groove back because he has also been struggling in the last couple of months,” De Jager said. “Every pro goes through this at one stage or another, but the frustration can drive you insane.
“So people might think that winning on South Africa’s development Tour is nothing compared to leading in Asia, but let me tell you, any pro who has gone through a long period of frustration will tell you that a return to the winner’s circle is as good as winning the Lotto.”
De Jager opened with a five under 65 at Killarney Country Club to take pole position. He protected his lead with a second round 66 and closed with a 69 for a three stroke victory on 10 under 200.
The timely victory just two weeks before the R18.5-million Tshwane Open signalled a welcome return to form for the delighted three-time Sunshine Tour winner.
“My last victory on the Sunshine Tour came at the Nedbank Affinity Cup in November 2014 and that year I finished the season ranked 17th,” De Jager said. “The next year, I bagged a top 25 finish in the Chase to the Investec Cup in March and then it was just downhill from there.”
After missing eight cuts in nine starts, De Jager looked up Llewellyn von Leeuwen at the Hpc TuksGolf Academies.
“Lew was my first coach as an amateur and the person that knows my swing the best,” he said. “We knew it would take months of hard work to sort out my game, but they have a great team at Tuks HPC that looks after every facet of the game.
“The relief to see all that work pay off with three solid rounds this week is indescribable. It’s not just about winning. It’s about hitting the ball well and putting well. It’s about restricting the bogeys and stringing three sub-par rounds together. And knowing that it’s going to keep getting better and better.”
De Jager came unstuck at the start of the round, but quickly got his challenge back on track
“I was really nervous on the first tee, but I guess it’s been a while,” De Jager laughed. “I hit a decent tee shot but it struck a tree and shot straight into the water. Matthew Southgate made a birdie start and we were level after my bogey, and I guess that broke the tension.
“I holed a four-footer for birdie at four and made a great sand-save for birdie at the next hole to pull two shots clear. Matthew dropped shots at seven and nine and that gave me a four shot lead going down the back nine. The set-up was really tough, so I just played for pars.”
De Jager was stung by a bee at the 13th hole and didn’t know if he was allergic.
“As it turned out, Maja’s kiss was just the kick I needed to box a birdie putt at 14,” he said. “I wanted to finish in style, but I pulled my tee shot slightly and finished in the trees at 18. I had a lot of shots in hand, so I just punched out, got on the green and two-putted for the win. Now I’m going to enjoy a few days playing with Luca and then I’m going to polish my game for the Tshwane Open in the IGT Tour event at Centurion next week.”
Sunshine Tour Q-School graduate Johnathan Agren from Sweden carded a 66 to sweep past England’s Southgate into sole second, while Matthew Carvell fired a 65 to grab a share of third on 204 with Southgate, who closed with a 71.

FINAL RESULT (top 10)
200 - Louis de Louis De Jager 65 66 69
203 - Johnathan Agren SWE 70 67 66
204 - Matthew Carvell 70 69 65, Matthew Southgate ENG 67 66 71
205 - Michael Kok (AMA) 72 69 64, Hennie du Plessis 69 66 70
207 - Pieter Kruger 72 67 68, Antonio Rosado POR 70 66 71
208 - Danie van Tonder 72 69 67, Juan Swart 71 70 67

ABOUT THE IGT TOUR
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour launched in 2010 and has fast grown into South Africa’s premier developmental golf tour, offering a tailor-made gateway for amateurs aspiring to join the pro ranks.
The IGT Challenge Pro Tour Gauteng and IGT Tour Cape provides significant financial opportunities and incentives, and statistical feedback with a full playing schedule of more than 50 events (36-hole, 54-hole and 72-hole tournaments) that enables its members and non-members to perform at a high level in a strong competitive environment.
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What is your favorite course to play? 
Oranjemund Golf Club
What was your lowest round (lowest score)? 
67
What's the strongest part of your game? 
My determination.
What part of your game are you working on? 
All parts, there is always room for improvement.
Who's your favorite professional golfer and why? 
Louis Oosthuizen
When did you start? 
2008
What are your goals for your golf career? 
To play Presidents Cup, hopefully win a major.
What is your best memory from playing golf? 
Winning the Namibian Open.
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Your Home Club?
Tsumeb Golf Club
What is your favorite course to play?
Oranjemund Golf Club
What was your lowest round (lowest score)?
67
What's the strongest part of your game?
My determination.
What part of your game are you working on?
All parts, there is always room for improvement.
Who's your favorite professional golfer and why?
Louis Oosthuizen
When did you start?
2008
What are your goals for your golf career?
To play Presidents Cup, hopefully win a major.
What is your best memory from playing golf?
Winning the Namibian Open.
What does the IGT Pro Tour do for You?
For me, it’s the best tour possible to improve my game and prepare for the bigger tours.
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