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Thu Apr 24 05:47:27 SAST 2014

Williams clinches Big Easy Tour Championship title

Sapa | 22 September, 2012 09:380 Comments
Mark Williams
Image by: Luke Walker / Sunshine Tour / Gallo Images

Golfer Mark Williams shot a superb 67 at the Els Club, Copperleaf on Friday to claim the Big Easy Tour Championship by two strokes.

“I just tried to keep playing solid and the win means a lot,” Williams said.

  “I played nicely on the Big Easy this year, but I haven’t been able to finish strong enough.

  “This gives the belief that you can come out and win.”  The Zimbabwean was in a class of his own and signed in without a drop on the card after outstripping overnight leader Teboho Sefatsa.

  “It was a big help today to have my old man caddying for me,” he said.

  “He played on the European Senior’s Tour for a couple of years, so it was good to have someone a bit wiser than me on the bag.

  “I have a tendency to think a bit too much, and he kept me clear so that I could just play my shots.”  The 54-hole season finale put the professionals through their paces, and by the close of Friday only eight players had finished below the par mark.

  Williams, however, broke par during every round at The Els Club en route to his seven-under-par total.

  “It feels great, I’ve been playing nicely for a while and I’m starting to find a bit of consistent form,” Williams said.

  “That’s a good thing heading into the big events this season.

This week I just played really solidly.”  The 28-year-old burnt through the back nine in 32 strokes, finding his groove after draining a long one at the 14th.

  “When I made the birdie on 14 it got my momentum going,” Williams said.

  “I sank a 20-footer there and knew I had some chances coming home.

  “Once you see one go in you feel like you can make anything.”  At the beginning of the year Sefatsa was one of four players to pick up an endorsement from Sun International.

  The sponsorship is centred around golf development within the Big Easy Tour.

  With the financial stress of his shoulders, Sefatsa had a superb season and made cheques at all but one of his Big Easy tournaments.

  By the close of the Tour Championship on Friday he lifted the Order of Merit title, a just reward for playing quality golf throughout the year.

  “Consistency has become my thing,” Sefatsa said.

  “And overall I’m chuffed with my performance.

  “I’m going to try and better this with some results on the main tour.

  “It hasn’t hit me yet, I’m still out there on the course right now.

  “I guess that when I get home it will sink in, but for now I’m still surprised.” 

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