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Strydom claims maiden European Tour victory

Ockie Strydom clinched his maiden victory on the European Tour on Sunday, as the South African held off the challenge of Adrian Otaegui to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship on home soil. Strydom matched Scott Jamieson’s course-record 63 in Saturday’s third round at Leopard Creek Country Club to join the Scot in a share of the lead ahead of the final day.

However, Jamieson tailed off badly by carding a four-over-par 76 on Sunday, leaving Otaegui as Strydom’s closest competitor ahead of a tense finish.

Laurie Canter set the clubhouse target when he moved to 15-under with a terrific 64, but Otaegui looked set to take the spoils when Strydom double-bogeyed the ninth, allowing the Spaniard to draw level. However, Strydom recovered with four birdies in five holes to retake the lead, leaving Otaegui in his wake. Having established a three-shot advantage with two holes to play, the 37-year-old made sure of his victory with a simple putt on the 18th, clinching his first title on the tour. Six South African players found themselves in the top 10 by the end of the final round, with Louis Oosthuizen among them after claiming a share of seventh place.

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