England’s Andy Sullivan grabbed a well-deserved seven-shot victory at the English Championship on Sunday, while Wilco Nienaber claimed a significant fourth spot after a spectacular final-round 66 at the Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
Sullivan made a slow start to his fourth round but finished in style to cap off a highly-impressive week for him, which saw him claim a fourth European Tour title with a winning score of 27 under par.
But, Nienaber, who was a late entry to the field after America’s John Catlin broke the European Tour’s bio-bubble rules, surprised everyone with the maturity and focus he portrayed throughout the event, especially in the way he finished on Sunday.
The former No 1-ranked amateur in South Africa flew out of the blocks with a fast start – opening with a birdie and an eagle on the first two holes before finishing his front-nine with consecutive birdies.
He then added another on the 12th hole as he continued to climb the leaderboard, which made for quite an interesting finish to the event.
Nienaber would unfortunately finish his week with a bogey on the 18th but it took nothing away from his performance, coming home on 18 under par for the event.
Dean Burmester and Compleat Golfer’s playing editor Brandon Stone also concluded their excellent week with respective rounds of 70, which saw them finish in T6.
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Louis de Jager weighed in with a solid conclusion of his own by going three under for his final round on Sunday to end on 14 under par and in T14.
Justin Harding and Bryce Easton also did well to end on a decent note by both shooting 69 for their final rounds.
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