18th September 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

IGT AGONY AND ECSTACY FOR TAYLORS

IGT AGONY AND ECSTACY FOR TAYLORS

(Photo – Eddie Taylor; credit CJ du Plooy)EddieTaylorKempton

JOHANNESBURG, 17 September 2013 – Louis Taylor sent his twin brother Eddie packing during Sanlam SA Amateur Match Play Championship seven months ago, but on Tuesday Louis’ mirror image exacted his revenge when he defeated Louis in a play-off to win the IGT Tour Race to Q-School Kempton Park.

Ironically, it was Louis Taylor who led the first round. Eddie overtook him in the second round and took a four shot advantage into the final round. But Eddie’s 71 fell short of the 67 from Louis that left the 22-year-old Harrismith siblings tied at nine-over-par 207.

The pair returned to the par-four 18th, where Eddie had missed the chance to win the tournament outright in regulation play just minutes earlier when he three-putted for bogey.

Back at the par-four 18th, the pair both drove the green in regulation but Eddie was just inside his brother’s 12-foot putt.

“They say that driving is for snow and putting is for dough, and that really rang true for me in the play-off,” said the delighted winner. “When he missed the 12-footer, I knew it had to go in the hole, otherwise we would be out until Sunday.”

After snatching victory from his brother, Taylor speculated that it could easily have gone the other way.

“I was looking good after the first nine,” he explained. “I had one bogey and two birdies and I was comfortably in the lead. Then my putter just turned frosty.

“I three-putted the 11th for bogey and missed a few birdie chances until I knocked one in at the 15th. All the while I knew Louis was inching closer and closer.”

After birdies at seven and eight, Louis Taylor began the back nine birdie-bogey-birdie-eagle to get within striking distance of his brother. Another pair of birdies at the 15th and 16th saw him pull level with Eddie, but a bogey at the 18th also cost him his shot at victory.

“When I got the 18th, I saw that Louis was already in the clubhouse at nine under,” Eddie Taylor said.

“I knew I had to make par to win and I hit two perfect shots to get on the green in two. But I think I just forced it too much with the putter.”

Foes for three days, the twins will now join forces for Central Gauteng at the South African Inter-Provincial at Rustenburg Golf Club next week.

“We are used to playing against each other and with each other,” Eddie said. “Sometimes I win, sometimes Louis wins, but when we play together, we can be quite a handful, so the guys better watch out.”

FINAL RESULT (Top 20 and ties)

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA

207 – Eddie Taylor AMA 68 68 71 (won first play-off hole)

207 – Louis Taylor AMA 67 73 67

208 – Rae Mackie 72 67 69

209 – Andrew Light AMA 77 67 65, Justin Turner 72 69 68

210 – DK Kim KOR 72 72 66, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 73 70 67, Wayne Stroebel 70 68 72

211 – Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 73 67, Hano van der Walt 75 68 68, Jaco Prinsloo 75 67 69

212 – Pieter Kruger 73 66 73

213 – Pierre Viviers 75 70 68, Carlos Arroyo AMA 71 73 69, Jacques de Villiers 68 73 72

214 – JC van Dommelen 73 72 69, Wade Hoffman AMA 71 73 70

215 – Gideon Pienaar 72 73 70, Leon Knoll AMA 75 69 71, Ted Hendriks 78 66 71, Brendan de Lange 72 70 73

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