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Tshwane Open: Dawie van der Walt ecstatic after maiden Tour triumph

Last Updated: 03/03/13 5:14pm

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Trophy time for Dawie Van der Walt at Copperleaf

Trophy time for Dawie Van der Walt at Copperleaf

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Dawie van der Walt was delighted to claim his first professional Tour title in the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf.

The 30-year-old held off fellow South African Darren Fichardt by two shots over the Ernie Els-designed course to secure his maiden win on home soil.

Van der Walt closed with a five-under-par 67 before saying: "You can only imagine what it's like to win such a big one.

"I'm just really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and not win.

"You start doubting yourself and at 30-years-old you start to wonder if you're good enough and this shows me that I am.

"I would have liked to win before 30 but I'll definitely take this.

"Golf is a game where you don't get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic."

As for whether he will leave the South African-based Sunshine Tour and join the European version full-time, he added: "I don't know what I'll do yet.

"The purses are a lot bigger on the European Tour, so I'll have to rethink some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important.

"I hit the ball really good and I never really had to chip, which is not my strength.

"If you hit a lot of greens and don't three-putt then you're going to do well.

"Among the turning points was dropping a birdie putt at 12. I was desperate for another birdie to get to five-under and once the ball went into the hole I felt I was in control."

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