De Jonge lets it slip again at Zurich Classic

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ZIMBABWE’S leading professional golfer Brendon de Jonge was left to rue another missed opportunity to finally clinch his maiden win on the PGA Tour after letting slip an early lead at the weather-affected Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

De Jonge, who had held the early lead on Thursday after a superb eight under-par 64 in the opening round, slipped 17 places down the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 22nd place in Louisiana.

After a second round two-under-par 71 the big Zimbabwean went into the final day in a three-way tie for fifth position and just one shot off the lead.

However, with two rounds to play in one day after weather delays on Saturday it was always going to be an uphill task for de Jonge.

The Harare-born golfer completed the third round in four-under 68, but faded over the closing 18 holes to card 71, finishing with five others on 273, seven shots astray of winner Englishman Justin Rose.

Despite the poor finish, de Jonge walked with a handsome pay cheque of R64 055, while he also managed to jump three places on the Official World Golf Rankings from position 82 to 79.

Another US-based player Scott Vincent also enjoyed another good week on the US college circuit after managing a commendable top 10 finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Sunday.

The tournament was played this weekend at the par 72, 7,102-yard Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina.

Vincent, who was playing for the Virginia Tech University golf team finished in 10th place on the individual leaderboard at 4-under 212 with rounds of 69, 71 and 72.

Meanwhile, South Africa-based Sunshine Tour professional Ryan Cairns was the only local golfer to make the cut at the R3 200 000 Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open which was played out at the Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe on Sunday.

The Royal Harare Golf Club professional, who continues to make progress after a lengthy injury layoff in 2014 carded rounds of 71-71-74-71 to finish in a tie for position 18 on one under-par 287.

Zimbabwe-born South African golfer Dean Burmester, who won Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open recently, enjoyed another solid week after finishing in a tie for ninth position.

The other Zimbabwean golfers Mark Williams and Tongo Charamba failed to make the cut after the opening two rounds and would be hoping to do better when the Sunshine Tour heads to south for the Zambia Sugar Open 2015 at Lusaka Golf Club starting on Thursday.

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