Europe Wrap: Hall finishes 22nd on tough Sunday for SA players

Casandra Hall held on well with a final-round two-over-par 74 on Sunday to finish in a share of 22nd on the Ladies European Tour’s Creekhouse Ladies Open in Sweden.

She was the top-performing South African – other than Oliver Bekker – on a Sunday during which Daniel van Tonder crashed and burned in the European Tour’s DS Automobiles Italian Open at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome as he carded a disastrous eight-over-par 79 in the final round there.

Hall made four bogeys and two birdies to finish the tournament on six-over-par, 15 strokes behind the winner Maja Stark of Sweden. Stark’s nine-under for the week won by four shots from countrywoman Linn Grant.

Stacy Bregman closed with a 73 to share 30th, while Nicole Garcia’s good final-round 71 saw her finish on 10-over in a share of 25th. Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland was in 43rd on 11-over after he closing 74.

In Rome, Van Tonder made a bogey early on in his final round, where he was one off the lead heading into Sunday. But it was a horror stretch from the seventh to the 13th, during which time he leaked seven strokes, which must have been especially disappointing. A triple-bogey eight on the ninth was particularly damaging to his cause, and he ended up in a share of 27th on four-under for the tournament.

Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark followed his twin brother Rasmus into the winner’s circle with his maiden European Tour win at 13-under by one shot from Adrian Meronk of Poland and England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

George Coetzee closed with a two-over to share 27th with Van Tonder. Dean Burmester had a 71 on Sunday to finish on three-under in 34th and Darren Fichardt’s two-over 73 saw him finish in a share of 52nd on level-par.

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