David Lipsky of Los Angeles made it two victories for Americans in the early portion of the 2018-19 European Tour season.
The 30-year-old Lipsky built a six-stroke lead and then held on for a two-stroke victory over David Drysdale of Scotland in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at http://www.leopardcreek.com in Malelane, South Africa.
Early this month, Kurt Kitayama of Chico and UNLV won the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita.
“It’s indescribable actually,” said Lipsky, who claimed his third pro victory, also winning the 2012 Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic and the 2014 Omega European Masters. “Winning is what we all hope to do, it’s what we practice for, it’s what we all put the time in for–the blood, sweat and tears.”
“My wedge play and my short game were really on this week. It’s definitely one of the strengths of my game, but this week, I definitely beat the odds. I hit so many sand wedges to within 10 feet, and that’s what got me the win.”
The 30-year-old Lipsky, who grew up in La Canada Flintridge and attended La Canada High before winning the 2010 Big 10 Conference Championship at Northwestern, closed with a 4-under-par 68 and posted a winning score of 14-under 274.
Drysdale finished with a 67 that left him two back, while Scott Jamieson of Scotland shot 72 and was one more behind in a tie for third with Zander Lombard of South Africa, who wound up at 69.
Englishmen Ben Evans and Oliver Wilson both totaled 69 and finished six shots back in a tie for fifth.
Home favorite Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who won the South African Open last week, came in at 71 to tie for seventh.
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