Daniel Van Tonder Wins Maiden European Tour Title In Kenya

The South African birdied the last and then beat Jazz Janewattananond in a playoff

The South African birdied the last and then beat Jazz Janewattananond in a playoff

Daniel Van Tonder Wins Maiden European Tour Title In Kenya

Golf fans were treated to a rare Friday final round on the European Tour and it turned out to be a stormer at the Kenya Savannah Classic.

South Africa's Daniel Van Tonder came out on top at Karen Country Club in Nairobi after a birdie-filled day where the top six on the leaderboard were a combined 39 under par on Friday.

He eventually won in a playoff, defeating Jazz Janewattananond with a birdie on the third extra hole.

Van Tonder is a serial winner, having collected seven titles on the Sunshine Tour in his homeland.

However, this is his biggest win to date and his first on the European Tour.

He gains full European Tour playing rights and is set to climb inside the world's top 100 for the first time.

The 30-year-old reached eight under par for the day after 13 holes, having made five consecutive birdies and seven in the space of just eight holes.

He dropped shots at the 14th and 15th to fall back out of the lead but closed his 64 off in style with a birdie on 18 to get into the clubhouse at 21 under.

Jazz Janewattananond matched Van Tonder's 64 and was also eight under after 13 before playing the final five in one over just like his playoff opponent.

The Thai star, who has six wins on the Asian Tour amongst 10 pro titles, was left to rue a bogey at the par-3 16th.

Overnight leader Justin Harding was unable to win back-to-back tournaments on the European Tour, having triumphed in the Kenya Open on the same course just five days ago.

With Van Tonder’s victory, TSi drivers have now been in the winner’s bags on the European Tour for three consecutive events, and four of the last five (not including WGC-Concession). Van Tonder played a TSi3 8.0 with Tensei White AV Raw 75 TX.

Last week’s winner Justin Harding (Magical Kenya Open), Antoine Rozner (Qatar Master), and the Dubai Desert Classic champion also played a TSI3 model.

WHAT’S IN DANIE VAN TONDERS’S BAG?:

  • Titleist Pro V1x
  • NEW TSi3 8.0 driver
  • NEW TSi3 13.5 & 16.5 fairways
  • 718 CB (3-P) irons
  • Vokey Design SM8 52.08F, 62.08M wedges

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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