The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: De Jonge Shines At Waste Management Phoenix Open

BRENDON de Jonge registered his best finish of the new season when he finished tied in sixth place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Texas on Sunday. De Jonge managed scores of 66, 67, 67 and 66 for an impressive 18-under-par total in a good performance for the Zimbabwean golfer.

He went home US$207,700 richer.

The 2012 Zimbabwe Sports person of the Year was tied with Americans Bill Has and Brendan Steele after the final round.

The player made his fourth successive cut this season in what looks to be a promising season for the Zimbabwean ace.

Last year he had four top 10 finishes and missed the cut only twice out of 30 attempts.

De Jonge gained 92 points in the FedEx Cup points and took his earnings for the year to US$329,136 after four events.

Meanwhile, Nickson Masunga was crowned the 2013 Julius Robinson champion at Wingate at the weekend.

The Wingate player defied all odds, in his backyard, to record his first win in amateur tournaments.

Masunga beat Stewart Krog after a three-hole play-off.

The duo had been tied after the two rounds on two-under-par with Masunga carding a 70 and 72 as Krog shot a 72 and 70.

Pre-tournament favourite and leading amateur, Ben Follet-Smith, finished tied on third place with Christian Mbanga.

The players finished on level par after carding 72 and 72 while Mbanga had 70 and 74.

Tonderai Masunga, playing at his home course, did not disappoint as well as he closed with a 70 and 77 while S. Mazonde finished sixth.

Grant Hudson, Howard Bauti, Gerald Shwabane and Biggy Chibvuri completed the top 10.

Zimbabwe Golf Association vice-president, Boniface Chigorimbo, said the event was highly competitive and entertaining.

"It's good that we are having new winners in every outing, which shows that competition is high.

"The course was in good condition and we managed to finish without any disturbances from the weather.

"As a second event of the season we really enjoyed every moment and the field was a big one with 120 players in attendance," Chigorimbo said.

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