Louis de Jager rounded off a strong week on the DP World Tour on Sunday in the D+D Real Czech Masters with a four-under-par 68 to finish in a share of third place.
The tournament was shortened to 54 holes because of heavy rains after the second round and during the scheduled third day, and De Jager started five shots off the lead. He picked up two birdies in the first four holes, but dropped a shot on the fifth. He reached the turn in one-under 35, and picked up three more shots on his way home, on the 10th, 14th and 16th.
At 14-under, he was two strokes behind the winner, Maximilian Keiffer of Germany. Keiffer edged out Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who had a nine-footer for birdie on the last to force a play-off agonisingly lip out. That was after he had relinquished the lead with a double-bogey on the 14th.
South Africa had three other players inside the top 10 in a successful week, with Zander Lombard signing off with a flourish. He carded a bogey-free eight-under-par 64, the best round of the day by two shots, to move into fifth place on his own at 13-under-par. Wilco Nienaber and Thriston Lawrence were in a share of eighth on 11-under after closing rounds of five-under 67 and four-under 68 respectively.
Hennie du Plessis closed with a level-par 72 to be in a share of 57th on two-under, and Thomas Aiken was on one-over after a closing three-over 75 saw him finish in a share of 63rd.
For De Jager, his projected 116th position in the DP World Tour rankings after this event means he’s a little closer to retaining his card for next season – the provisional point ahead of this tournament above which cards would be retained was 123rd.