Coetzee wins the PGA again

S. Francis, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 6: George Coetzee during day 4 of the PGA Championship at St. Francis Links on November 6, 2022 in St. Francis, South Africa. EDITOR’S NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

George Coetzee clinched his second PGA Championship title at the St Francis Links today with a polished four-under-par 68 on Sunday, including two eagles and almost a third, that carried him to 15-under-par and a three-stroke victory in the prestigious R1.2 million tournament..
Coetzee had just a one-stroke lead going into the final round and says: “I was pretty much under pressure all day; I didn’t really feel comfortable and my swing wasn’t 100%,” Coetzee said after claiming his 14th Sunshine Tour title.


“But golf is one of those games, it’s not like cycling where the more you cycle the better you get. You can have one swing on one day and then the next day another swing. So I was putting pressure on myself, but I stuck to the game-plan, made good choices and hit good shots, and luckily it was enough in the end,” Coetzee said.
Some of those shots were better than good as an eagle on the par-five third hole brought some early pleasure, and he holed out with a sand-wedge for an eagle-two on the par-four 10th hole. In between those highlights, he could also have eagled the 350-yard par-four fifth hole after driving the green, but his putt was narrowly wide.
“We were put on the clock on the fifth and I didn’t have time to read my putt properly,” Coetzee laughed.
Unusually, Coetzee made bogey on the following hole on both occasions he registered an eagle.
“I was really happy with my two eagles after I saw a lot of chances in the third round. But then it was a bit hard to calm down and get back into my rhythm, get my head back into a good space,” Coetzee admitted.
But back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes put him firmly in control of the tournament and he parred his way in from the 14th for a comfortable victory in the end.
Rookie Casey Jarvis produced his best Sunshine Tour result as he finished second after a final-round 69, and the experienced duo of Hennie Otto and Jake Redman were tied in third place, one stroke behind on 11-under-par, both shooting two-under-par 70s on Sunday.
Coetzee will now head to Sun City and this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is like the AGM of South African professional golf, assured that he has the game in place to contend for that massive title.
“The confidence I take from beating the field here is a big boost and I’m generally pretty happy with the swing that has shown up for the last couple of weeks,” Coetzee said.

FINAL SCORES
273 – George Coetzee 67 71 67 68
276 – Casey Jarvis 68 68 71 69
277 – Hennie Otto 69 69 69 70, Jake Redman 72 67 68 70
278 – Martin Vorster 71 67 71 69, Peter Karmis 72 70 67 69
279 – Jean-Paul Strydom 72 72 68 67, Rhys West 68 70 68 73
280 – Dylan Mostert 72 68 72 68
281 – Jayden Schaper 71 71 73 66, Luke Jerling 74 68 67 72
282 – Malcolm Mitchell 70 68 75 69, Jake Roos 68 74 71 69, Heinrich Bruiners 74 70 69 69, Doug McGuigan 72 72 68 70, Stefan Wears-Taylor 69 71 67 75
283 – Matias Calderon 73 70 72 68, Albert Venter 73 70 70 70, Danie Van Niekerk 67 73 71 72, Jean Hugo 70 73 68 72
284 – Stephen Ferreira 73 70 73 68, Jacques Blaauw 73 71 69 71, Samuel Simpson 69 72 71 72, Combrinck Smit 71 72 66 75
285 – Hennie O’Kennedy 68 70 74 73
286 – Robin Williams 72 70 72 72, Bradley Bawden 72 72 70 72, Sean Bradley 72 72 69 73, Erhard Lambrechts 71 70 71 74
287 – CJ du Plessis 73 69 76 69, Richard Joubert 74 69 74 70, JJ Senekal 68 76 71 72
288 – Madalitso Muthiya 74 70 74 70, Clinton Grobler 72 72 69 75
289 – Lindani Ndwandwe 70 73 74 72, Steve Surry 73 71 73 72
290 – Kyle Barker 75 68 83 64
293 – Merrick Bremner 70 73 73 77
302 – Siyanda Mwandla 76 68 80 78
304 – Thanda Mavundla 74 70 82 78


Stephen Ferreira’s championship also ended on a winning note as he aced the par-three 17th hole to win himself a new Volkswagen T-Roc courtesy of Dirk Ellis VW.

St Francis, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 6: Stephen Ferreira during day 4 of the PGA Championship at St. Francis Links on November 6, 2022 in St. Francis, South Africa. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)
  1. George Coetzee, winner of the PGA Championship at St. Francis Links.
  2. Stephen Ferreira, winner of the Hole-in-One prize, during day four of the PGA Championship at St. Francis Links.
    (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

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