11th July 2017 | Big Easy Tour
Pieterâ€™s putter proves the difference at Wanderers
Pieter Kruger claimed his third victory on the Big Easy Tour when he won the BET Wanderers on the first play-off hole against Antonio Rosado on Tuesday.
Kruger came into the final round sitting pretty among the leading five players after signing for four-under-par 67. He started the final round with a nerve-calming birdie before going on to make four more on the day. However, a double bogey on 15 took from those birdies to leave him on two under-par and tied with Rosado.
Despite a tightly contested affair at Wanderers where at one stage it looked like there would be four or more players involved in the play-off, Kruger held on until it was only he and Rosado.
â€œIt was a tricky two-putt,â€ Kruger said of the winning putt on the play-off hole. â€œItâ€™s slow on the uphill but I managed to two-putt.â€
And having come from a difficult contest in Houghton a week ago where he came 53rd, Kruger returned to winning ways and credits that to his putting. â€œThe last two months were quite difficult for me, â€œhe said, â€œeven last week at Houghton, the golf wasnâ€™t good. But the putting has improved a lot from last week.â€
And with one BET event left before the winter swing of the Sunshine Tour begins, Kruger feels he is setting himself up well for the demanding schedule ahead.
â€œThis is a good start,â€ he said, â€œYou can call it pre-season if you like. So hopefully I will just carry the momentum through.â€
Despite a gallant effort to claim a maiden victory on the BET circuit, Rosado will have to wait a while longer to enter the winnersâ€™ circle. With three top-10 finishes this season, the Portuguese Rosado has been knocking for a while but Wanderers was not to be.
Tied third was Morne Buys, Etienne Bond, Kyle Barker and veteran Omar Sandys who has also been raising his hand to claim a long-awaited win. Rounding out the top-10 was Drikus van der Walt, Tyrone Ryan, Dylan Oâ€™Leary and last weekâ€™s winner Wynand Dingle.