IGT Pro Tour with Graeme Francis and Irene Country Club209047722286242">Ray Badenhorst at Irene Country Club.
IGT PRO TOUR | LOW ROUNDS OF THE WEEK
1. Kyle McKlatchie (66)
2. Tristen Strydom (67)
3. Francesca Cuturi (68)
Kyle McClatchie (68)
Sheldon Steyn (68)
Dwayne Coetzee (68)
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IGT Pro Tour with WM Coetzee and Irene Country Club53817971299823">Neville Mitchell at Irene Country Club.
Tristen Strydom hit the ball so hard on 17 we were sure the skin came off in the process after six really bad holes for the former number one SA amateur!
His second into the long par five 17th hole was nothing short unbelievable as he stuck it less than ten foot from the pin!
Then... a perfect put for eagle is what brought the seemingly out-on-his-feet Tristen Strydom back into contention for the title on the 17th!
Camera crew and the media team sprinted between tee and green of the McClatchie and Boardman three-balls as Kyle was very much in it till the 17th!
On 18 Strydom thought he threw it away as he didn't realised he tied with a valiant knight in Terence Boardman who just never wanted to go away!
Both players signed their cards at seven under par and... The duel was on!
Three great play-off holes followed with Tristen edging the win with a great put on the 18th after another great approach shot!
It was an exciting final round of golf by both Tristen and Terence. Everyone in the gallery felt for Terence as we all could see how badly he wanted this!
Well done on the win Tristen Strydom!
(SEE THE FULL RESULTS BELOW)
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IGT Pro Tour with Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate and Tristen Strydom at Irene Country Club.
Eagle sees Strydom soar at Irene Challenge
TSHWANE, 27 July 2016 – A superb eagle helped former SA number one amateur Tristen Strydom to deny professional Terence Boardman a second IGT Tour victory this season and celebrate a welcome return to the winner’s circle in the Irene Challenge on Wednesday.
The Pretoria native eagled the par five 17th and parred the final hole at Irene Country Club for one over 73 to tie Boardman at seven-under par 209 at the end of regulation play.
The two players squared the first hole in pars and eighth hole in birdies, Strydom thrilled the crowd by rolling in a four-foot birdie putt at the ninth to settle matters at the third sudden-death hole.
The pair shared the first round lead with matching 69s, but Strydom began the final round with a two shot lead after posting a second round 67.
The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate golfer made an impressive start to the final round when he rocked home birdie putts at the first and second holes to pull two shots clear of his pursuers, but he squandered five shots midway through the round.
“It was just one of those days where the putts didn’t drop and one or two wayward drives led to some bogeys,” Strydom said. “I kept my composure and stayed focussed, but I knew I needed a change in fortune down the home stretch.
“I had to make the most of the par five (17), because I knew I could get on the green for two with my distance, but it would need two really good shots. I hit driver down the middle of the fairway and I had 168 metres to the pin. I hit an eight-iron and it came out perfectly. It landed five feet from the hole and I boxed the putt for eagle.”
Strydom was back in pole position at seven under, while fellow amateur Kyle McClatchie emerged from the crowded leaderboard to move to six under with a birdie at 16. Boardman joined the amateur at six under after birdies at 15 and 17.
“Kyle finished with two pars, so it was down to Terence and I on the final hole,” Strydom said. “I hit my approach pin-high left at 18 and chipped it close, but I missed the birdie putt. Terence knocked home his birdie putt, so it was play-off time. The eagle definitely came at the right time. It gave me an injection of confidence and the kick I needed to take him on in extra time.
“I missed a four-footer for birdie to win at the first, and we were both on the green for two at the eighth. I had an eight-footer for birdie and Terence had about 12 feet to the pin and we both made our putts.”
At the ninth, Strydom hit driver down the middle and Boardman pushed his tee shot left under the trees. Boardman punched out to about 70 metres short of the green and hit his third shot to 18 feet, while Strydom’s approach finished pin high right of the green.
“I chipped to four feet, Terence missed the birdie putt and I knocked mine in for the win,” said Strydom, who claimed a maiden victory on the country’s premier development Tour late in 2014.
“It feels really great to hold a trophy again. I definitely believe I benefited greatly from the Golf RSA National Squad camp this past weekend, because I never got impatient and I just kept grinding. I think I turned a huge mental corner today and it will serve me well going forward.
“I’m really glad I could pull this through for my parents and my coach, Grant Hepburn, because they never lost faith in me when I started doubting myself. It’s good to be back and to feel that passion to win burning strong again.”
FINAL RESULT - TOP 20
209 - Tristen Strydom AMA 69 67 73 (3rd play-off hole)
209 - Terence Boardman 69 69 71
210 - Kyle McClatchie AMA 76 66 68
211 - Ray Badenhorst (ZIM) 73 68 70
213 - Dean Martin AMA 74 69 70
215 - Graham van der Merwe 74 70 71
216 - David Nortje AMA 76 70 70, Joshua Seale 73 73 70, Duane Keun 74 72 70, Damian Naicker 70 76 70, Estiaan Conradie AMA 74 72 70
217 - Carrie Park 71 70 76
218 - Matthew Spacey 73 72 73, Theunis Bezuidenhout AMA 72 72 74
219 - Teagan Moore 76 70 73
220 - Etienne Janse van Rensburg AMA 74 73 73, Ruan Korb AMA 70 75 75, Gregg Blainey (ENG) 71 73 76
221 - Hayden Griffiths AMA 75 72 74, Jacques de Villiers 73 71 77
PHOTO - Tristen Strydom; credit CJ du Plooy.
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A nice and Sunny day filled with play-off golf between Tristen Strydom and Terence Boardman!
Congratulations to our winner Tristen Strydom!
The Irene Challenge is part of the IGT Pro Tour and takes place between 25 - 27 July 2016
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Tristen Strydom beats Terence Boardman on the third play-off hole to win the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016! #IGTproGolfTour #IreneChallenge ... See MoreSee Less
Jay J BotesWhat a great win! When he threw 5 shots away through silly errors and gone plummeting down the leaderboard Tristen remained calm and didn't throw tantrums, clubs or get visually mad! This is such a great example of what a golf champ must be like! Baie geluk Mnr Strydom!2 days ago · 1
Cohen Joseph ZekoeWell..done bull; I am glad you back to the winners circuit after a 1 year draft..2 days ago
Play-off update: Tristen Strydom vs Terence Boardman. All Square after 2 holes! #IGTproGolfTour #IreneChallenge ... See MoreSee Less
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Tristen Strydom interview before final round of the 2016 IGT I...
We caught up with tournament leader Tristen Strydom before he tee'd off this morning in the final round of the IGT IRENE CHALLENGE 2016. #IGTproTOUR #IeneChallenge ... See MoreSee Less
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Tristan Strydom struck the first blows this morning by starting with birdies on the first and second holes! #IGTproTOUR #IreneChallenge ... See MoreSee Less