11th October 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Antonio the great is back

KCreek8-10OctDay3 (288)(Photo – Antonio Rosado; credit CJ du Plooy)

MODIMOLLE, Limpopo (10 October 2014) – Antonio Rosado from Portugal patiently worked his way to wire-to-wire victory and the R20,000 winner’s cheque in the IGT Tour’s first Race to Q-School at Koro Creek Country Club on Friday.

Over the last six months, the Villamoure professional has earned a reputation for his final round charges.

This time, however, Rosado led from the start and carded a patient final round 71 to celebrate his fifth podium finish on the country’s premier development Tour this season with a winning total of four-under-par 212.

Rosado claimed a two stroke victory over Tian Diedericks, who returned a 72, and finished three clear of Pretoria rookie Jonathan Waschefort, who signed for a 73.

The champion was thrilled with to return to the winner’s circle and bashfully admitted that he knew from the first hole in the first round that he could come out smiling this week.”

“The greens were hollow-tined a few weeks ago and when I got to the first green on day one, I told myself that patience would be the winner here this week,” he said.

“The rest of the course is very beautiful and very challenging, but the greens were so unpredictable. You could hole a putt from 30 meters or miss one from two inches. I knew if I stayed patient and shot under par each day, I could win this week.”

Rosado carded an opening 69 to take control of the tournament and protected his advantage with a second 72.

His quiet confidence and solid iron game combined for a winning performance in the final round as he dropped two shots, but countered with three birdies.

“I had seven straight birdies from the 12th and that was key to my victory,” he said. “The back nine is the tougher half of the course and it was critical to make pars coming home.

“I bogeyed the 10th and 12th in the second round and again the 10th in the final round, but I didn’t drop any more shots on the back nine and that was the key to my win.”

Neil Meyer employed the local knowledge of Koro Creek members Brendon White, Tony Boudell and Willem Nel to win the Pro-Am.

“The guys really stepped it up when we saw Danie Gerber tee off with Roux Jeffreys,” Meyer said.

“I mean, just because Danie was the best Springbok centre ever and Roux’s dad, Doug, used the to play for Free State, it doesn’t mean they are entitled to mulligans or relief.

“It was a great day out there and we all shared in the victory.”

The players will have a short weekend before the IGT Tour’s second Race to Q-School, which tees off at Krugersdorp Golf Club from 13-15 October.

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