Scotland’s Jane Turner is the 2020 Standard Bank South Africa Women’s Masters champion at San Lameer Country Club after beating South Africa’s Cara Gorlei in a playoff on Friday.
Turner went into the final round three strokes ahead but had a difficult day out on the course with a one-over-par 73, which included two bogeys and a double-bogey.
At the same time Gorlei was putting herself in contention by shooting a round of two under par as both of them finished the competition on one under par.
It led to three trips down the 18th hole as Turner and Gorlei fought it out in the playoff but in the end it was the Scotswoman, who kept her nerve the best to come out on top with a par on the final attempt, which was enough to seal the win.
Speaking after claiming the big prize, Turner was elated to be crowned champion in such dramatic fashion.
“I had to hole a long putt to get into the playoff, which was a fantastic feeling. That was the hole we played in the playoff. Every single tee shot I hit in the playoff, there was only a three-yard difference to what I had left in for my approaches. So I had the approach dialled in by the end of the playoff,’ Turner said.
She admits, though, that she felt some pressure when Gorlei was making a move up the leaderboard, while she was dropping.
‘Cara was three under par at one point during her round, and I made a double-bogey on the 11th – but after that I got stuck in. I knew I could still make the birdies, I just had to stay patient and calm.
‘My score doesn’t reflect that I was very calm heading into the round today. I wasn’t overly nervous, and just stuck to my gameplan.
‘I am hugely honoured to win the Standard Bank SA Women’s Masters. A number of really great golfers have won this title in the past, and I’m so thrilled to add my name to the winners’ list,’ said Turner.