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JOHANNESBURG (26 November 2014) – Tyron Mc Comb from Fourways triumphed in the IGT Tour’s seventh Race to Q-School on Wednesday after edging out Pretoria pro Werner van Niekerk with an incredibly chip at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off.

The 23-year-old Dainfern golfer carded an even-par 72 at Modderfontein Golf Club for a 13-under-par 203 aggregate, which was matched by Van Niekerk, who closed with a three under 69.

Both players hit missed the fairway right on their second visit to the 18th tee.

Van Niekerk flew his approach 25 meters over green, while Mc Comb’s eight-iron approach clipped the top of a tree and finished almost 30 meters pin high right.

With the flag stick parked at the front of the green, the race was wide open, but Mc Comb spoiled Van Niekerk’s chances to extend the play-off when his pitch shot cleared the hump at the front of the green, shot forward, hit the pin and dropped straight into the hole.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said the delighted Mc Comb. “It was one of those shots you can hit a thousand times and never pull off again.

“I had a couple of bogeys and birdies, but Werner was flawless. He birdied four times and we tied for the lead at the 12th. The last six holes were very tight, because we both had double bogeys and birdies the lead kept switching between us.

“We went down the 18th tied for the lead and both made par. It was very tight, but I’m really proud of the way that I handled myself under the pressure.”

Mc Comb was excited to sharing the good news with his sponsor, Dave Robinson from SHS Africa.

“I can’t wait to tell Dave the good news,” he said. “I won the IGT Tour’s Race to Asian Q-School in September, but I struggled for a while after winning at CMR. Dave stuck with me and it’s great to reward his support with another victory.

“Ed Holding, my coach, has also been fantastic in keeping me positive and I owe my girlfriend Megan and her sister, Kerry, for coming out and supporting me today. Their presence helped to keep me positive when things weren’t going too well.”

Van Niekerk came within a shot of forcing a play-off in the Battle of the Giants at Glendower last week, and the rookie from Wingate Park took more inspiration from his second successive runner-up finish.

“You know, I had three second places before I won on the Race to Asian Q-School, so maybe I’m edging closer to another win,” the TuksSport Golf Academy player said.

“I wanted to achieve a good level of consistency before I go to the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School next January, and it’s great to be in contention like this every week.

“Until you win, someone plays better than you. You have to look for the positives and take that away with you.”

Southern Cape amateur Breyten Meyer fired a final round 67 to tie for third on 208 with DK Kim from South Korea and Pretoria amateur Ross Sinclair, who both registered 69s.

FINAL GOLF RESULT

*203 – Tyron Mc Comb 67 64 72 *play-off, first extra hole

203 – Werner Van Niekerk 67 67 69

208 – Breyten Meyer (AMA) 69 72 67, DK Kim KOR 68 71 69, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 68 71 69

210 – Conway Kunneke 73 67 70

212 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 73 69 70

213 – Antonio Rosado POR 72 69 72

214 – Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 67 73 74, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 69 70 75

215 – Coert Groenewald 69 75 71, Bryn Flanagan 70 73 72

216 – Jonathan Waschefort 73 71 72, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 72 69 75, Peter Wilson ENG 67 68 81

217 – Lean Boezaart 69 76 72

218 – Jacques de Villiers 70 75 73, Mark Fraser 73 74 71, Khaya Jika 70 74 74, Rae Mackie 76 72 70, Russel Franz 74 75 69

219 – Zak van Zyl 74 72 73, Ryan Gosling 72 75 72, Slade Fick (AMA) 73 71 75, Terence Boardman 76 75 68

220 – Dylan Docherty (AMA) 72 74 74

221 – Niel Meyer 71 75 75, Quintin Crause (AMA) 75 74 72, Jerry Steyn 73 70 78, TJ Bekker 70 80 71

222 – Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 74 77, Duane Keun 72 73 77, David Rebelo (AMA) 72 75 75, Fritz Orren (AMA) 72 72 78, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 78 70 74, Juran Dreyer (AMA) 76 74 72

223 – Calvin Caldeira 75 72 76, Michael Dreyer 73 72 78, Johannes Frahs (AMA) 72 79 72

224 – Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 70 75 79, Burger Heckroodt (AMA) 70 72 82

225 – Shaun van Tonder 72 77 76

226 – Michael Armstrong (AMA) 76 73 77, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 78 72 76, Pieter Kruger 76 75 75, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 72 79 75

227 – Christiaan Pretorius 75 76 76

228 – Dwayne Coetzee 75 75 78, Murray Smit 70 80 78

230 – Wayne du Toit 77 73 80

235 – Jason Ackerman (AMA) 77 73 85

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