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“I’m happy with every part of my game and I want to win 10 more this year,” said Danie van Tonder at Euphoria Golf Estate on Friday after he won for the second time in five starts.

That line was the beauty of the 23-year-old’s game summed up in a sentence, because his limitless optimism is matched by his ability to succeed, which he displayed this week with a solid victory at the first tournament of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung.

There are a handful of ways to explain how good Van Tonder is, but the most apparent is this: for the 2014 season he hasn’t missed a cut and has finished outside the top 10 three times. Those results have earned the 2012 Rookie of the Year second place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit behind England’s Ross Fisher.

“I learnt early this year that you can’t just chase,” said Van Tonder. “You have to be patient and wait for it, otherwise you’ll mess up, so you just play your own game. The goal I’ve got now is to win the Order of Merit and get into the Nedbank Golf Challenge,” he said.

On Friday he clinched victory with a 33-stroke back nine and a 12-under-par total for the week. It was a hard-fought win for the Ebotse local, who had to fend off the charges Tyrone Ferreira, Ulrich van den Berg and Adilson da Silva during the final round.

The setup on day three at the Annika Sorenstam-designed Euphoria course was tough, but in the middle of his round Ferreira managed six birdies in a row from the seventh to the 12th and snatched the lead.

Van Tonder would not be outdone so late in the tournament and began to look for scoring opportunities, which he found and converted into birdies at the 12th, 13th and 15th. With that Ferreira’s charge was over and Van Tonder had secured his second win.

“Sometimes I want to look at leaderboards to see if I need to make more birdies and on a course like this you need to know whether to go for it or not. It was a bit tougher today and my first nine was a bit dodgy, but I came through with a few birdies and managed to win it,” he said.

Jared Harvey carded 72 for the first round and faded into the middle of the pack, but he turned the week around with a Thursday 67 and then shot 69 on Friday to take home sole fourth. Jacques Blaauw shot 72 during the final round to finish sole fifth.

A full list of leading golf scores is detailed below.

Leading Final Golf Scores (par-71):-

1 Danie van Tonder (RSA) 95,100.00 -12 204 67 67 70
2 Tyrone Ferreira (RSA) 69,000.00 -11 205 72 65 68
3 Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 48,000.00 -10 206 69 67 70
4 Jared Harvey (RSA) 37,800.00 -8 208 72 67 69
5 Jacques Blaauw (RSA) 28,200.00 -7 209 68 69 72
6 Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 22,800.00 -6 210 68 69 73
7 Justin Harding (RSA) 18,900.00 -4 212 66 73 73
=8 Callum Mowat (RSA) 15,600.00 -3 213 69 71 73
=8 Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 15,600.00 -3 213 73 67 73
=10 Anthony Michael (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 72 73 69
=10 Keenan Davidse (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 75 69 70
=10 Shaun Norris (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 69 74 71
=10 Charl Coetzee (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 67 76 71
=10 Bryce Easton (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 72 71 71
=10 Morne Buys (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 71 70 73
=10 Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 72 69 73
=10 Ross Wellington (RSA) 11,212.50 -2 214 68 70 76

Source: Sunshine Tour

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