CAPE TOWN, S. Africa (April 25, 2012) -- The final day of the Western Province Stroke Play produced some of the finest golf ever seen in this championship and culminated in the first home winner since 2008.
Although the conditions were perfect the course was not as easy as the scores suggest.
Justin Turner played the lowest round in the championship history as he burnt up the Mowbray layout in 10 under 62. Turner made 5 birdies from the 5th to go out in 30 and then he eagled the par 5 10th. Two further birdies on 14 and 17 completed the historic round.
Despite the great round, it was far from over as his playing partner 16 year old Pretoria player, James du Preez shot a nearly as impressive 65 that included three 2s.
The final round looked like a two horse race as Turner reached the turn in 33 but Du Preez went two better with a 31. The lead remained one till the 18th although Turner had to be grateful to his putter to keep him ahead on a few occasions. However on the 18th, Turner pulled his drive and a pushed second meant a bogey and the pair tied on 16 under 272-a championship record.
The sudden death playoff took place on the 18th and after the pair halved with solid pars, Du Preez pulled his tee shot and his second ended in an awkward spot in the bunker he had no real chance to answer Turner's rock solid par.
With the victory Turner became the first WP winner of the Stroke Play since Cameron Johnston in 2008. Turner has now also added this title to the Amateur he won in 2008. Turner clearly loves Mowbray as he also won the WP under 23 here last year.
The match play starts tomorrow.
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