Tournament: Nedbank Golf Challenge
Date: Thursday December 4 – Sunday December 7, 2014
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
Prize fund: US$6.5million

Danny Willett produced a final round masterclass to land the biggest title of his career at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, carding a six under par 66 to win by four shots from fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.

The 27 year old followed up his superb Saturday 65 with another brilliant display, leaving overnight leader Luke Donald, who signed for a 73, trailing in his wake at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

Donald had to settle for third place, two shots behind Fisher, who closed with a 68, but showed signs he is rediscovering the sort of form that propelled him to World Number One in 2011.

Nobody could match Willett, though, who was hugely impressive from the tee and with the putter to notch six birdies and claim his second European Tour title, not to mention the US$1.25million first prize.

Quotes

Danny Willett

“My caddie John and I spoke at the start of the week and came up with a good game plan, to be aggressive off the tee on this golf course. It’s visually very intimidating, but I’ve been driving the ball really well and we wanted to give ourselves a lot more wedges and nine irons into holes, whereas some guys are just laying back. We put a new Callaway driver in the bag a few weeks ago and it’s been tremendous.

“It was just one of those weeks where the swing felt good and it came off. South Africa is a place that’s suited me in the past and I’ve played well golf down here. I love the place, love the people – everything about it is great. It’s been a truly fun test of golf.”

Ross Fisher

“I’m delighted. I felt like I played great all week, and I finally started to hole a few putts today which was nice, but unfortunately for me and Luke, Danny was too good. I’ve been playing some really good golf for a long time and it’s nice seeing the results starting to come good. I don’t think Luke or I should be too disappointed. We didn’t lose it; Danny went out and won the tournament.”

Luke Donald

“There are a lot of positives from the week. It’s nice to put myself back in position. I could have played a bit better today, but I still would have had to shoot five under just to tie with Danny. He played really focused golf today and hats off, he’s a deserved winner. If I have tournaments like this where I’m always having a chance to win, that’s a good thing. Danny’s putter was red‑hot – he didn’t seem to miss and did everything really well. He drove it amazingly well on this very tough, tight golf course.”

Final scores:

270 D Willett (Eng) 71 68 65 66,
274 R Fisher (Eng) 66 70 70 68,
276 L Donald (Eng) 71 63 69 73,
279 M Siem (Ger) 68 72 71 68,
281 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 72 73 68 68,
282 M Jiménez (Esp) 70 74 69 69,
285 J Blixt (Swe) 71 73 70 71, T Clark (RSA) 70 71 72 72, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 70 73 69 73, T Jaidee (Tha) 71 70 71 73,
286 S Lowry (Irl) 72 72 71 71,
287 B Todd (USA) 73 68 75 71, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 73 72 72,
289 C Schwartzel (RSA) 70 71 75 73, T Fleetwood (Eng) 74 67 74 74,
290 P Larrazábal (Esp) 73 71 71 75, G Coetzee (RSA) 68 74 76 72, L Westwood (Eng) 72 70 78 70,
291 B Koepka (USA) 70 74 75 72, D Van Der Walt (RSA) 73 72 69 77,
292 J Ahlers (RSA) 74 75 70 73, A Levy (Fra) 68 70 76 78, M Kaymer (Ger) 74 75 71 72,
293 J Luiten (Ned) 72 74 73 74, T Bjørn (Den) 80 72 68 73,
295 M Warren (Sco) 75 73 71 76, K Na (USA) 77 73 72 73,
298 M Ilonen (Fin) 76 78 72 72,
301 D Van Tonder (RSA) 77 78 76 70,
** J Donaldson (Wal) 74 WD 0 0,

Source: European Tour

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