Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fleetwood wins record European Tour prize

Fleetwood wins record European Tour prize

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tommy Fleetwood won his fifth European Tour title. AFP

Fleetwood wins record European Tour prize

Tommy Fleetwood made three eagles before winning a sudden death play-off and the biggest first prize in European Tour history in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Sunday.

“This experience will live with me forever,” said the 28-year-old Englishman after defeating Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult with a par on the first extra hole to secure his first win in 22 months.

Fleetwood fired a final round seven-under-par 65 to finish tied on a 12-under total of 276 with Kinhult, who shot 68.

The victory carried a prize of $2.5 million. “Being a golfer these days, at a young age you have the chance to set up your family for life,” said an emotional Fleetwood. “Of all my achievements that’s the thing I’m most proud of.”

Fleetwood started the final round six behind overnight leader Zander Lombard. It was the biggest comeback win of the season and lifted Fleetwood into second place on the order of merit going into the Tour championship in Dubai starting on Thursday.

Fleetwood and Kinhult pulled away from what at one stage was a crowded leaderboard as other contenders fell away in a swirling wind which added to the difficulty of the longest course on the European Tour.

Race to Dubai order of merit leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tied for third with Australia’s Jason Scrivener and Thomas Detry of Belgium, four strokes behind the leaders. Wiesberger and Scrivener both shot 70, while Detry, who started the round one behind Lombard, had a 74.

Home favourites Lombard and Louis Oosthuizen saw their hopes evaporate after starting the day in the final group. Oosthuizen was in the lead when he birdied the tenth but faded to a 75 and a tie for sixth place with defending champion Lee Westwood on 281.

Lombard could not recover from a poor start and limped to a five-over-par 77 and a share of eighth place with rookie Robert McIntyre on 282.

While Fleetwood had a round of drama, with three eagles, four birdies and three dropped shots, Kinhult played near-immaculate golf, with five birdies and only one dropped shot.

Fleetwood made three birdies in his first six holes before his round ignited when he chipped in for eagle on the par-five ninth. At the next hole, another par-five, a magnificent seven-iron set up another eagle.

He dropped two shots in a row before eagling the 601-yard 14th after what he described as “one of the best five-woods of my career” to set up a short putt.

Both golfers hit poor drives on the first play-off hole, the par-four 18th, with Kinhult hitting a tree which meant he could not go for the green with his second shot.

Fleetwood had an awkward stance above a bunker and missed the green but was able to get up and down from a drop zone in front of a grandstand, while Kinhult made five.


  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Police arrest 29 Chinese for PP kidnapping

    Phnom Penh Military Police arrested 29 Chinese nationals on kidnapping charges on Wednesday. The suspects are said to have abducted three other Chinese nationals from a hotel in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district. The operation took place on Wednesday and was led by two deputy commanders –

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia