3rd April 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Rosado takes two at IGT Centurion

Rosado takes two at IGT Centurion

Rosado takes two at IGT Centurion

(PHOTO – Antonio Rosado; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 3 April 2014 – It was a must-win week for Antonio Rosado, and the Portuguese professional plotted a path to a two shot victory in the IGT Series Centurion on Thursday with the accuracy and precision of a dedicated secret agent.

Rosado recently secured a vital sponsorship to compete the full IGT Tour season, and once he hit the front in the second round at Centurion Country Club, he never let up.

“I was determined to win, to show the Red Skins that they are backing the right horse,” the Vilamoura golfer explained.

Rosado signed for a final round 69 and a winning total of 10-under-par 206. The victory marked his second on the country’s premier development Tour and followed five weeks after he claimed a four-stroke victory in the rain-shortened IGT Series Krugersdorp.

Rosado relocated to South Africa late last year to be with his girlfriend, Rita Capelinha, who encouraged him to stay competitive on the IGT Tour this season.

“A lot happened since the first win, but all of it has been really good for me,” the 29-year-old said. “I was introduced to a group of Portuguese and South African golfers called the Red Skins. I started playing with them on Tuesdays and I told them all about playing and winning on the IGT Tour.

“I approached them for sponsorship, they thought it over for a few days and agreed to sponsor me for the rest of the season. So it was very important to me to win here at Centurion.

“They need to know that I am taking this sponsorship very seriously. I wanted to show them how much I appreciate it. I can’t win them all, but this first one was really important.

“So, the first win was for Rita, and this win was for the Red Skins.”

Rosado signalled his intentions with a birdie-birdie start.

“I took a very strategic approach and hit woods and irons off the tees, so I could keep out of trouble. The plan was fairways and greens all the way. I’m hitting my mid-irons very well and the putter is hot, so I knew I could afford a shorter tee shots and still make some birdies.”

The strategy worked, because Rosado turned in 33 after another birdie at the par-five seventh. He went four under with his fourth birdie at the par-five 12th and only ran into trouble at the par-four 16th.

“I made a mistake with my club selection,” Rosado said. “As soon as I hit the tee shot, I knew I was in trouble. I was stuck in the rough on the left and just made it over the hazard into more rough below the green. I knew I was looking at making a bogey at best.”

His third shot caught the slope of the elevated green, but Rosado executed the blind chip shot to near perfection. The ball actually struck the cup before it lipped out.

“Sometimes you mess up and you just have to take your punishment,” he said. “That is the nature of this game and if you can’t handle the setback, you’re in the wrong game.”

He closed with two pars to finish two strokes ahead of HPC Tuks Sport player, Werner van Niekerk, who notched his third top five finish in seven starts with a 70.

Meanwhile Ted Hendriks, the final member of the leading match, reeled three successive birdies on the back nine to finish with a 71. The GFG Academy golfer tied for third on six under 210 with Coert Groenewald, who carded three successive 70s.

FINAL ROUND SCORES

206 – Antonio Rosado POR 70 67 69

208 – Werner Van Niekerk 71 67 70

210 – Coert Groenewald 70 70 70, Ted Hendriks 70 69 71

211 – Tyron Mc Comb 69 72 70, Danie Pretorius 70 70 71, Herman Minnie 68 71 72

213 – Lucas Steyn 72 72 69, Jerry Steyn 70 73 70

214 – Hyun Park KOR 71 71 72, John McClean NIR 69 72 73

215 – Michael Scholz 75 73 67, MJ Viljoen 75 72 68, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 72 74 69

216 – Michael Dreyer 68 72 76

217 – Deon Bredenkamp 73 75 69, Robert Herselman 73 72 72

218 – Jonathan Waschefort 71 70 77

219 – Mike Downes ENG 75 77 67, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 73 72 74, Lean Boezaart 74 75 70, Phillip Kruse (AMA) 79 72 68

220 – JC van Dommelen 70 78 72, Reinhardt Blaauw (AMA) 72 70 78

221 – Keegan Steyn (AMA) 68 77 76, Thomas Lovett 69 74 78

223 – Rae Mackie 72 76 75, Leon Scheepers (AMA) 74 75 74

224 – Johan de Beer 78 71 75

225 – Russel Franz (AMA) 72 75 78, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 74 75 76, Vincent Schaffler (AMA) 79 70 76, Wayne du Toit 76 74 75

226 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 75 72 79, Wayne Stroebel 74 71 81

228 – Hans Jonck 78 74 76, Ruan Botha 76 77 75

229 – Christiaan Pretorius 79 74 76

230 – Carlos Arroyo (AMA) 74 76 80, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 74 77 79

231 – Clinton Cheia (AMA) 80 72 79, Niel Meyer (AMA) 77 76 78

232 – Will Mathews USA 74 77 81

234 – Ludovic Bax MUS (AMA) 70 75 89, Dwayne Coetzee 75 78 81

235 – Tjaart Van Wyk (AMA) 73 80 82

WDN – Jaco Mouton 76 76 WDN

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