Ruan Korb picked up a first Sunshine Tour title on Friday when he edged to a one-stroke victory at the Time Square Casino Challenge.
Korb made a crucial birdie on the final hole of the Wingate Park Golf Club to narrowly get ahead of Anton Haig, who made a valiant push right till the very end.
The winning score of 15 under par was enough for Korb to reign supreme and also get an exemption for all three of the upcoming co-sanctioned events with the European Tour, which gets under way on 19 November with the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club.
‘I’m so happy to have pulled it off,’ said the delighted Korb after his victory.
‘I was on the 17th when I saw the leaderboard and that Anton had made par at the last, so I knew I had to make birdie on 18 to win. It was a six-footer, but there were so many thoughts going through my head.
‘It feels so good. I am very grateful. I’m so glad that my days of pre-qualifying for tournaments are over.
‘I’m just glad I was able to do it. I don’t think I played my best golf today, but I managed to pull it through. I almost cried on the 18th when I made the putt. I haven’t felt like that in a very long time. It’s such a great feeling.’
Korb held the overnight lead and was under a bit of pressure during the final round to hold his own but in the end his display of 70 was enough for victory.