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.