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Jacques Blaauw Ends Eight-Year Drought with SunBet Challenge Victory

Posted : 08 June 2024

Jacques Blaauw ended an eight-year win drought by clinching victory at the SunBet Challenge hosted by Sun City after making par at the first playoff hole. The emotional win at the Gary Player Country Club was particularly special for the 38-year-old, who celebrated with a heartfelt phone call to his wife and father following the trophy presentation.


Reflecting on his victory, Blaauw expressed his satisfaction with his recent form and his belief that a win was imminent. Despite late bogeys in regulation play, Blaauw's consistent play throughout the tournament, coupled with improvements in his driving and putting, helped him secure the win. Blaauw highlighted the challenging conditions, especially with the wind, but credited his approach play and recent adjustments for providing more birdie opportunities.


The playoff was against Tristin Galant, who made an excellent par on the final hole to force the playoff. Despite Galant's advantage with a fantastic approach shot, Blaauw showed composure by sinking a crucial par putt after attacking a birdie opportunity. Blaauw's final round was highlighted by birdies on the first two holes, an eagle on the par-five 10th, and a crucial approach shot on the 18th, which he described as one of the best of his career.


While Galant, Yurav Premlall, and Jonathan Broomhead also showed glimpses of brilliance, late bogeys cost them a shot at the title. Werner Deyzel, the overnight leader, faced a challenging final round, finishing with a seven-over 79 after struggles on the brutal course.


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