26th February 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Rosado cruises to IGT Krugersdorp victory

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Krugersdorp (26 February 2014) – Antonio Rosado followed his heart to South Africa, but now, the 29-year-old professional in Portugal can add a renewed passion for winning to the growing list of things he loves about this country after a solid victory in the IGT Series Krugersdorp on Wednesday.

The Vilamoura golfer reeled in seven birdies, offset by two bogeys, for a five-under-par 67 to win the third IGT Series event at Krugersdorp Golf Club.

Rosado’s nine-under-par 205 winning score was four strokes better than that of overnight leader Brandon Taylor from the United States, who managed to hold on for second with a 74.

Johann Mostert (70), Coert Groenewald (71) and Gian Scarola (73) finished a distant six shots back in joint third, while Lean Boezaart (72) and MJ Viljoen (73) tied for sixth on one under 215.

Rosado followed Rita Capelinha to South Africa last year. The former Portugal national amateur and professional champion teed it up in one IGT Tour event at Glendower in 2012 and decided to give the country’s premier development Tour another try in 2014.

“I’m really pleased with this victory, because I have not played much pro golf since I came out to South Africa,” he said. “That is why I dedicate this win to my girlfriend, Rita Capelinha, because she encouraged me to get back to competition and to compete on the IGT Tour.”

Rosado tackled the last 18 three shots adrift of Taylor, who moved to seven under in the second round.

He notched a brace of birdies at the third and fourth to move to six under, but Taylor kept his advantage alive with birdies at the second and fourth.

Taylor bogeyed the fifth, but Rosado the sixth and the leader’s status went to the Vilamoura golfer, who birdied the seventh and ninth to pull one shot clear on seven under after Taylor dropped the eighth and ninth holes.

Rosado started his homeward loop with a one shot advantage and the status quo stayed the same as both players reeled in birdies at the 10th and 12th. Taylor pulled level with Rosado when the Portuguese player dropped his second shot of the day at the 15th, but a double bogey-bogey combination at 16 and 17 brought the American’s challenge to an abrupt end.

Rosado closed with a textbook two-putt par for his victory.

“I had a pretty solid round out there, lots of great shots, especially round the greens,” said Rosado, who supplemented his R8,000 winnings with the R500 bonus for shooting the lowest round on the day.

“I had a three-putt bogey at six, but chipped in for birdie at the seventh. Holed a nine meter putt at the ninth, and birdied both par-fives after the turn. I felt at that stage that I could win, but I took a conservative approach at the 15th when I should have been more aggressive.

“I hit three-wood and still had 210 meters to the pin. I missed the green left with a three-iron and paid the price with a two-putt bogey.”

Although Rosado missed the 16th green and, with the pin tucked back left, had nearly no green to work with, he hit a superb chip and holed the downhill putt to save par.

“I chipped in again for birdie at the 17th,” Rosado said. “This round has really boosted my confidence and I will probably play some more events to keep my hand in it. It’s important to stay in contention and competitive.”

FINAL RESULT:

207 – Antonio Rosado POR 72 68 67

211 – Brandon Taylor USA 67 70 74

213 – Johann Mostert 72 71 70, Coert Groenewald 70 72 71, Gian Scarola 67 73 73

215 – Lean Boezaart 72 71 72, MJ Viljoen 72 70 73

216 – Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 74 73 69, Duane Keun 74 72 70, Werner Van Niekerk 70 72 74

217 – Hyun Park KOR 76 68 73, Tyron McComb 74 70 73, Thomas Lovett 70 73 74, Jerry Steyn 69 80 68, Sam Botham ENG 73 69 75, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 69 72 76

219 – John McClean NIR 71 74 74, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 71 73 75, Otto van Greunen 71 72 76

220 – Kerwin Marais 73 73 74

221 – Herman Minnie 77 70 74, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 73 78 70

223 – Arno Bartholoma (AMA) 72 75 76, TJ Bekker 73 76 74

224 – David Riddle 73 74 77, Will Mathews USA 74 75 75, Ted Hendriks 76 76 72

225 – Wayne Stroebel 71 76 78, Pieter Kruger 75 73 77, Henry Featherstone ENG 77 72 76, Lucas Steyn 73 80 72

226 – Willie Steyn 75 72 79, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 74 75 77, Brad Diffenthal 72 77 77

228 – Eugene van Loggerenberg 76 75 77, Jason Diab (AMA) 72 80 76

230 – Mike Quinn 75 76 79, Alwyn Vorster 76 78 76, Niel Meyer (AMA) 77 77 76

231 – Jeandre Fourie 74 78 79, Christiaan Pretorius 77 75 79

240 – Nico Groenewald (AMA) 77 77 86

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