17th September 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Du Plessis hits the mark Asian Q-School ERPM

CJduPlessis(Photo – CJ du Plessis; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 17 September 2014 – CJ du Plessis believes the sky is the limit after he claimed a four stroke victory in the IGT Tour’s seventh Race to Asian Q-School at ERPM Golf Club on Wednesday.

The Limpopo golfer’s lead had dwindled to one shot after the turn, but Du Plessis rallied with three successive birdies on the back nine and closed with a 68 to win on 14-under-par 202.

Fellow Sunshine Tour pro Wynand Dingle and Northern Ireland’s John McClean matched his 68 to tie for second with Portugal’s Antonio Rosado, who carded a 69.

Du Plessis was pleased as punch with his second victory on the country’s premier development Tour.

“My coach and I have been working for a while to get my swing shorter and more compact, and it’s really nice to see the work pay off like this,” the 23-year-old GFG Academy member said.

“I’m really pleased with this result and hopefully I can carry this form and confidence into the Vodacom Origins at Vaal de Grace in two weeks.”

Du Plessis burst onto the pro scene in 2012 and notched three runner-up finishes on the IGT Tour before he finished the season with a Sunshine Tour card in his pocket.

The former top amateur battled through a frustrating rookie season, but kept his card.

Although he endured a spell in the doldrums early this season, he hit his stride around April and recently posted a season-best tie for fourth at the Vodacom Origins in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Polokwane golfer battled a balky putter to an opening 71 at ERMP, but was back at his brilliant best with a flawless nine under 63 in the second round to take a two shot lead.

On a tough scoring day, Du Plessis struggled but never conceded the lead.

“The set-up was really tough and no-one was really shooting the lights out,” he said.

“I knew I needed to put some space between myself and the pack on the back nine if I wanted to win. Once I birdied 12, 13 and 14, I knew they couldn’t catch me.

“I left my approach at the 18th short and the ball plugged in the greenside bunker, but I knew I had five shots in hand. A bogey finish couldn’t hurt me, so I just played for five.

“To be honest, I played better in the first two rounds, but I scrambled really well in the last round. My putting game was solid and I made a lot par-saves. I’m really pleased that I pulled it off.”

Meanwhile Okkie Strydom was 11 under coming down the 18th, but a three-putt double bogey for 71 saw him finish in fifth on 207.

Tokkie van den Berg a further stroke back after calling a penalty on himself at the second hole.

“I took a practice swing and hit a small branch and it broke,” said Van den Berg, who closed with a 71. “This game is based on honour, so there wasn’t any question about what I should do.”

FINAL RESULT

202 – CJ du Plessis 71 63 68

206 – Wynand Dingle 69 69 68, John McClean NIR 68 70 68, Antonio Rosado POR 68 69 69

207 – Ockert Strydom 71 65 71

208 – Tokkie Van Den Berg 67 70 71

210 – Jacques Kruyswijk 72 72 66

212 – Shaun Norris 68 70 74

213 – Tyron Mc Comb 71 72 70

214 – Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 69 69 76

215 – Byron Garvie 68 73 74

216 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 72 73 71, Brett Liddle 66 75 75

217 – Dayne Moore ZAM 71 75 71, Jacquin Hess 76 68 73, Glen de Waal NAM 72 71 74, Rae Mackie 70 73 74, Simon Kruger (AMA) 72 71 74, Niel Meyer (AMA) 70 71 76, Toto Thimba Jnr 72 69 76

218 – Jacques De Villiers (AMA) 68 77 73, Shaun Smith 75 68 75, MJ Viljoen 71 76 71, Ruan Huysamen NAM 75 72 71, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 71 78 69

219 – Alwyn Vorster 74 73 72, Zabastian de Jager (AMA) 76 71 72

220 – Desne van den Bergh 76 71 73

222 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 73 73 76

223 – James Searson 74 73 76, Pieter van der Linde (AMA) 77 71 75, Matt Westner 73 76 74, Pierre Viviers 77 73 73, JP Schmidt (AMA) 75 75 73, Carlo O’Reilly (AMA) 72 80 71

224 – David Lamprecht 78 73 73, Daniel Joubert (AMA) 73 79 72

225 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 73 73 79

226 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 72 78 76

227 – Jerry Steyn 72 74 81, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 72 75 80, Werner Lourens (AMA) 79 74 74

228 – Shaun van Tonder 71 73 84

231 – Michael Schutz (AMA) 72 77 82

235 – Murray Smit 80 74 81

WDN – Duane Keun 73 80 WDN

 

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