Sheffield’s Danny Willett picked up the second European Tour title of his career after carding a final-round six-under-par 66 to convincingly win the Nedbank Golf challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
The 27-year-old holed six birdies yesterday to finish 18 under for the tournament and seal a four-shot victory, beating fellow countrymen Ross Fisher and Luke Donald to the prize.
Donald came into the final day leading by a shot on 13 under, but could only close with a one-over 73. He finished two shots behind Fisher, who registered seven birdies and three bogeys in a final-round 68.
Marcel Siem finished three shots further back on nine under after shooting a 68, while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was fifth on seven under.
Willett’s only other victory came at the BMW International Open in 2012 and he put this win down to an aggressive approach.
“My caddie John and I spoke at the start of the week and came up with a good game plan, to be aggressive off the tee on this golf course,” he said.
“It’s visually very intimidating, but I’ve been driving the ball really well and we wanted to give ourselves a lot more wedges and nine irons into holes, whereas some guys are just laying back.
“We put a new Callaway driver in the bag a few weeks ago and it’s been tremendous.
“It was just one of those weeks where the swing felt good and it came off. South Africa is a place that’s suited me in the past and I’ve played well golf down here.
“I love the place, love the people - everything about it is great. It’s been a truly fun test of golf.”
Despite not finishing on top Fisher was pleased with his performance and felt there was little else that he or Donald could have done to prevent Willett’s win.
“I felt like I played great all week, and I finally started to hole a few putts today which was nice, but unfortunately for me and Luke, Danny was too good.”