JOHANNESBURG, 10 September 2014 – Tyron McComb ended a two-year title drought in style at the sixth IGT Tour Race to Asian Q-School event at CMR Golf Club on Wednesday.

Mc Combe vaulted to a commanding three shot lead with earlier rounds of 66 and 63 and closed with a nervy 70 to claim a four-stroke victory on 17-under-par 199.

Russel Franz’s expected final round assault was derailed by a cold putter and the Pretoria golfer ended a frustrating day with a 71 to take second.

Rising amateur Tristen Strydom eagled the par-five 18th to post a seven-under-par 65 for the low round of the day. The teenager tied for third on 11 under with Paul Prinsloo, who returned a flawless 66.

Mc Comb won the IGT Tour Winter Series at Services Golf Club in 2012 and was thrilled to be back on the podium.

“I had low expectations coming into the tournament, but maybe that was key for me to just relax and go out and play golf,” the Dainfern golfer said.

“It has been such a long time since I led going into the final round. I was really nervous at the start and, to be honest, I stayed nervous right up until the 16th hole.”

Mc Comb turned in one under and offset bogeys at 12 and 14 with birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th.  “When it came to the crunch, though, I made a great up-and-down at the 17th for par and a regulation par at the 18th to win,” he said.

“It was nerve-wracking coming down the back stretch, but I did it. It’s such a great feeling to finally lift this trophy.”

Thanks to a R350,000 sponsorship from the IGT Tour, the career-changing victory in the Race to Asian Q-School series also means that Mc Comb will tee it up at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School early next year.

“This win didn’t just wipe out any doubts about my ability to compete, but I’ve proven to my new sponsor that I’m worth the investment,” he said.

“On top of everything, I’m going to Asia and that is huge. I’m really excited, because it’s a massive chance to get experience. It’s a great incentives and I’m absolutely stoked to have claimed my spot.”

The last two years has been a long struggle for form and Mc Comb dedicated his victory to his group of supporters.

“It has been such a long road back and I’m am proud that I pulled it through,” he said.

“This victory belongs to me and my girlfriend, my family and my coach, Ed Holding. They never wavered in their support, even when I was struggling. This is as much my win as theirs.”

FINAL ROUND

199 - Tyron Mc Comb 66 63 70

203 - Russel Franz 65 67 71

205 - Tristen Strydom (AMA) 71 69 65, Jaco Prinsloo 69 70 66

207 - Coert Groenewald 73 65 69, Divan Van Den Heever 70 65 72

208 - Dayne Moore ZAM 72 70 66, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 71 67 70

209 - Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 68 69 72

210 - Alwyn Vorster 68 73 69, Pieter Kruger 71 70 69, Niel Meyer (AMA) 70 67 73

211 - Cliff Howes 74 67 70, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 70 69 72

212 - Brendan de Lange 67 74 71, Juan Langeveld 71 69 72, Werner van Niekerk 69 70 73

213 - Hano van der Walt 72 69 72

214 - Wayne du Toit 67 74 73

215 - Brett Liddle 71 71 73, Jacquin Hess 78 65 72

217 - Jerry Steyn 71 72 74, MJ Viljoen 75 72 70, Stephan de Beer (AMA) 78 69 70

218 - Bryandrew Roelofsz 75 68 75, Michael Dreyer 72 71 75, Ruan Huysamen NAM 72 69 77

219 - Gareth Akers (AMA) 68 80 71

220 - Rynardt Combrink 76 70 74, Glen de Waal NAM 77 69 74

221 - Shaun van Tonder 74 74 73, David Lamprecht 72 78 71

222 - Dwayne Coetzee 74 70 78, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 74 72 76, Simon Kruger (AMA) 73 76 73

224 - Louwtjie J van Vuuren (AMA) 72 75 77

225 - Hanbo Lee 72 77 76, Pieter van der Linde (AMA) 78 75 72

229 - Merrick van As (AMA) 71 75 83, Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 76 73 80

232 - Wayne Stroebel 75 74 83

235 - Julian de Wet (AMA) 78 75 82

N/R - John McClean NIR 77 73 N/R

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