10th April 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Rosado strikes again at IGT Modderfontein

Rosado strikes again at IGT Modderfontein

Rosado strikes again at IGT Modderfontein

(PHOTO – Antonio Rosado; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 9 April 2014 – Portugal’s Antonio Rosado claimed his third IGT Tour victory in two months when he defeated Italian amateur Philip Geerts in a play-off for the IGT Series Modderfontein title on Wednesday.

The pair tied for the lead on 11-under-par 205 at the end of regulation play after Rosado returned a 70 while Geerts reeled in an eagle and two birdies on the back nine for a five-under-par 67.

It took two extra trips down the par-four 18th, though, before Rosado could seal his triple triumph.

“I hit such a great shot into the green and my putt was about two feet,” he said. “Philip had probably 60 feet to the hole. I was still standing there thinking that this was going to be over quickly, when Philip holed his birdie putt. I couldn’t believe it!

“It was a great putt, and suddenly I was under huge pressure to match his birdie.”
Rosado responded with a birdie and the pair set off for the 18th tee a third time.

“We both hit the fairway again, but this time I left myself a long putt with my approach and I had about five meters to the pin.

“Philip hit his approach long and right and he had a very tough chip. He got it to the green, but he still had about eight meters to the pin. I lagged my birdie putt close to the hole, but he missed the par putt, so I just had to tap in for par and the win.

“I’m so happy to win back-to-back just after I got the sponsorship from the Red Skins. I am sure now they believe they put their money on the right guy.”

Rosado trailed Rourke van der Spuy, by one shot after a blistering 64 in the second round.

He erased the deficit at the par-five first with an eagle, and took the lead when the overnight leader double bogeyed the second.

Rosado never relinquished the lead and protected his position with solid pars, a second eagle at the par-five eighth after a drop at the seventh and a birdie at the 13th.

At the par-three 14th, the 29-year-old Villamore golfer gave himself a shake, though.

“I went for the wrong tee shot and made a double bogey that could have cost me the title,” he said.

“The pin was tucked, so I was aiming for the middle of the green, but I hit the shot too long and it plugged in the bunker. I had a tough lie, and I paid with a double. Luckily I got one back with a birdie at the 17th. It was enough to get me in the play-off.”

If Rosado is thinking about a hat-trick at the IGT Series Finale at Elements Private Golf Reserve next week, he won’t cop to it.

“No, no, no…I’m not going to think about three in a row,” he said.

“If I can play better than the other guys again, I’ll drive home in a new car. If I don’t, someone else will. But I am definitely going to take my best game to the Win a Car Elements.”

Meanwhile KwaZulu-Natal’s Van der Spuy took third on 206 after a final round 72, while Werner van Niekerk from Pretoria and American Brandon Taylor both closed with 68s to share fourth on nine-under-par 207.

FINAL RESULT

205 – Antonio Rosado 71 64 70

205 – Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 70 68 67

206 – Rourke Van der Spuy 68 66 72

207 – Werner Van Niekerk 66 73 68, Brandon Taylor USA 71 68 68

208 – Hyun Park KOR 68 68 72

212 – Otto van Greunen 70 72 70, Herman Minnie 74 68 70, Peter Wilson ENG 72 69 71, Coert Groenewald 70 71 71

213 – Hano van der Walt 73 72 68

214 – Lean Boezaart 71 73 70

215 – Johan de Beer 72 69 74, Werner Van Wyk (AMA) 68 71 76

216 – Christiaan Pretorius 73 72 71, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 71 73 72, Jerry Steyn 73 71 72, Ryan Gosling 72 71 73

217 – Murray Smit 75 71 71, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 71 75 71, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 77 70 70

218 – Wayne du Toit 74 71 73, Tyron McComb 70 72 76

219 – Russel Franz (AMA) 75 70 74, Rhoan Gardiner 71 76 72, Keegan Steyn (AMA) 73 70 76

220 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 75 71 74, Ryan Clarke 73 75 72, Alwyn Vorster 79 71 70

221 – Ted Hendriks 71 75 75, Slade Fick (AMA) 71 73 77, Pierre Viviers 71 76 74, David Lamprecht (AMA) 78 74 69

222 – Ruan van Blerk NAM 75 73 74

225 – Tudor Bismark (AMA) 74 75 76

227 – Dwayne Coetzee 74 74 79

228 – Hanbo Lee 70 77 81, Mohit Mediratta (AMA) 78 73 77, Eduard Van Den Berg (AMA) 81 71 76, Chris Ha Yeung (AMA) 78 74 76

229 – Lucas Steyn 80 72 77

233 – Lydon Charnely (AMA) 76 76 81

WDN – Dylan de Beer 73 74 WDN

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