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KCB Karen Masters: Michael Palmer claims title

South African Michael Palmer led other countrymates by winning the second edition of KCB Karen Masters golf title that came to an end today on par 72 Karen Country Club.

Today, Palmer fired two birdies in the last two holes to claim the prestigious Blue Jacket in the professional cadre by playing 18 under par 270 in the four rounds.

Palmer, who started the final day on 13 under par and in the group behind the leader, made only one birdie at the outward nine (second hole). He moved to 15 under after rolling in his second birdie of the day at the 12th and at the 14th.

It was, however, his two birdies at the 17th and 18th which saw him sign for an impressive five under par 67, to beat overnight leader Merrick Bremner by two shots.

Bremner, who set off for the day on 14 under, bogeyed the fifth and ninth and later on at the 14th. He however managed to recover some shots at the 17th and 18th, having earlier birdied the 10th, 11th, and 12th for two under par 70 and a total of 16 under par 272, to finish in second place.

Also shooting two under par 70 for the day was Pieter Moolman, who tied for the third place with Tyron Ryan from Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club – who was so close to taking the title until he hit a tree at the par four-13th to pick a triple bogey seven, having earlier birdied the 10th and 11th to go 17 under par.

Though he managed to pull one back at the par five-15th and later on at the home green, another bogey at the 16th threw him out of the running for the title. Moolman had birdied the second, third, 12th and 15th but dropped shots at the sixth and 13th.

For the locals, 50-year-old Dismas Indiza shot level par 72 to finish in 33rd on one under par 287. It was a bad finish for the Simon Ngige who at one time was on four under par, though he made five bogeys to finish with four over par 76, to drop to one over total of 289 in 44th place.

The other three, Stefan Andersen and Mohit Mediratta wound up in 53rd place on five over par total while Riz Charania was on nine over par in 62nd place.

The Leaderboard:

  1. 270 Michael Palmer (SA) -18- 70, 66, 67, 67
  2. 272 Merrick Bremner (SA) -16- 65, 69, 68, 70
  3. 273 Pieter Moolman (SA)- 15- 68, 68, 67, 70
  4. 273 Tyrone Ryan (SA) – 15- 68, 70, 65, 70
  5. 275 Martin Rohwer (SA) – 13- 70, 68, 69, 68
  6. 275 Daniel van Tonder (SA) – 13- 68, 65, 71, 71
  7. 276 Jake Roos (SA) – 12- 68, 70, 68, 70
  8. 278 Neil Schietekat (SA)- 10- 70, 74, 63, 71
  9. 278 Philip Geerts (ITA) -10- 68, 67, 70, 73
  10. 278 JC Ritchie (SA) – 10- 69, 66, 69, 74
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