5 March 2013

Zimbabwe: De Jonge, Ryan Cairns Make Cut

ZIMBABWEAN golfers, Brendon de Jonge and Ryan Cairns, managed to make the cut in the US PGA and Sunshine Tour at the weekend. De Jonge was playing in his seventh event of the season at The Honda Classic whose field included Tiger Woods and Rory McIIroy.

The Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year finished tied on 29th position.

McIIroy, the world number one, didn't even finish the distance by opting out in controversial circumstances after a poor show.

The Northern Irishman withdrew during his second round on Friday, claiming he was struggling due to pain from a sore wisdom tooth.

He had endured a poor back nine, his opening nine holes of the round, and hit his approach at the 18th into water.

He then walked off the course and quickly departed the grounds with his coach and caddie.

"I sincerely apologise to The Honda Classic and PGA Tour for my sudden withdrawal," McIlroy later said.

"I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future."

Woods has warned McIIroy to think about the sport in future.

It was the first time in his career that McIlroy has withdrawn from a tournament and comes at a time the 23-year-old has struggled for form after switching to Nike equipment this season.

The US$6 million tournament was held at The Champion Course at the National Resort and Spa Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States.

De Jonge, who missed the cut in last week's Northern Trust, returned to make one in the Honda Classic, with a three over-par after the four rounds.

For his efforts De Jonge went home US$36,525 richer.

The Zimbabwean started on two-over-par 72 on the first day but shot an impressive two-under-par 68 on the second day.

Meanwhile, in the Tswane Open, Cairns strung together rounds of 70, 71, 70 and 68 to finish tied on position 49.

The Zimbabwean entered his fourth event of the season and pocketed R103 545 for his efforts.

The Tswane Open saw the Zimbabwean making it after missing the cut in last month's Africa Open.

The Tswane Open was played at The Els Club and Dawie Van der Walt of South Africa won the event.

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