Hansen edges out McLardy

Anders Hansen holds his nerve on the final hole to claim a birdie and win the Joburg Open title from Andrew McLardy.

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JOHANNESBURG // Anders Hansen held his nerve on the final hole of the Joburg Open to claim a birdie and win the title from Andrew McLardy. The Dane, who was playing in the penultimate group at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, was level at 14 under going into the par-five 18th hole, and gave himself a great chance of winning by putting his second shot 25 feet from the hole.

He missed the eagle chance, but made birdie from three feet to finish on 15 under 269 and see off the South African McLardy, who blew several chances to pick up shots over the closing holes. Needing a birdie himself on the last, McLardy made a mess of his tee shot, pulling it into the trees to blow his chance after he led the tournament overnight with Charl Schwartzel and David Drysdale. Drysdale ended his tournament with a 69 - a tournament total 271 - with Danny Willet, Tyrone van Aswegen and Schwartzel ending a further shot back.

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