WILCO NIENABER

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Free State Open, Bloem­fontein GC

Scores: 68-63-68-67 (266)

Run­ner-up: Gar­rick Higgo 65-72-6 -66 (266) ow he did it:: Nienaber and Hi birdies fontein who w o made 54 etween them as they tore up the Bloem-course and tied on 22-un­der-par. Higgo, s six back after 36 holes, made 28 birdies, an• Nienaber 26 on his home course, in­clud­ing one at the third play­off hole. He was the first Free State win­ner of the ti­tle since Jbe Kruger in 2006.

No­table: Nienaber shot 19-un­der 269 to win the Cen­tral Gaut­eng Open in Novem­ber, and also got the bet­ter of Higgo in a play­off last year curro Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional. The 266 to­tal 2-hole record for the Free State Open, and equalled the fourth low­est to­tal in the his­tory of ama­teur golf in South Africa. Higgo birdied his last five holes (14-18) to shoot 63.

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