Western Cape, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) – Jaco Ahlers parred the third
playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Jaco Van Zyl and win the Investec Cup.
Both Ahlers and Van Zyl carded 6-under 66s in the final round at Lost City
Golf Course and the duo finished regulation play tied at 9-under-par 279. The
win is Ahlers’ third on the Sunshine Tour, with his last one coming at the
Lion of Africa Cape Town Open last year.
Ahlers and Van Zyl played the par-5 18th three times in a row as they tried to
find a winner. They both made birdie the first time around and headed back to
the tee for a second playoff hole.
After trading pars at the second playoff hole, Ahlers and Van Zyl both found
the water with their tee shots on the following hole.
Ahlers then watched as Van Zyl hit his approach into the water again. Ahlers
laid up and then knocked his approach to six feet. While Van Zyl managed to
have a 5-footer for bogey, Ahlers finished things up by making his par putt
for the victory.
It was a strong final round for Ahlers as he made an eagle on the par-5 fourth
hole to go along with six birdies and two bogeys. Van Zyl had just as much
success with six gains in his bogey-free round.
Justin Harding (65) and George Coetzee (71), who won last week’s Tshwane Open
on the European Tour, ended tied for third at 8-under 280.
Charl Schwartzel headlined a group of three players tied for fifth at 7-under
281. Schwartzel fired a 3-under 69 and was joined in fifth by Chris Swanepoel
(68) and Jbe Kruger (70).