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De Jonge finishes 26th at Phoenix Open

GOLFER Brendon de Jonge recorded his best placing on the US PGA Tour this year.

GOLFER Brendon de Jonge recorded his best placing on the US PGA Tour this year after finishing in a tie for position 26 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open played out at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course in Phoenix, Arizona, at the weekend.


Although De Jonge could have done much better after getting off to a brilliant start, he still managed put up solid rounds of 67, 71, 72 and 68 for a six-under par 278 total, which earned him cool $50 242,50.

The 34-year-old Zimbabwean whose previous best finish this year was a tie for position 41 at the Humana Challenge looked set to challenge for the coveted title after opening with solid round of four-under-par 67 last Thursday.

He, however, struggled for consistency on Friday and Saturday before a strong finish on Sunday saw him creeping back into the top 30 for his best finish this year.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA)’s competitive season continues this weekend with the staging of the Julius Robinson Trophy at Wingate Park Golf Club in the capital.

The annual tournament, which is the second amateur event this year after the season-opening Dugmore Trophy, will be played over the traditional 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday.

ZGA development officer Boniface Chigorimbo said the tournament was open to individuals and teams on the Order of Merit standings. “The Julius Robinson is on from Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of February at Wingate Golf Club.

“This is for teams and individuals players on the order of merit and those serious to go on the order of merit. Please register through your clubs so we have a great tournament,” Chigorimbo said.

Gary Thompson, who has since joined the paid ranks, won last year’s edition of the Julius Robinson Trophy after a dramatic playoff against Shepherd Chiwaya at Wingate Park Golf Club in Harare.

In the team competition Chapman Golf Club will be defending their title after their team made up of Clive Nguru, Thembalami Vundla, Stuart Krog and Steven Simukayi won last year’s team trophy.