Jaco Ahlers carded his fourth successive round in the 60s on Sunday as his final-round of three-under-par 69 saw him finish in a share of third in the Asian Tour’s St Andrews Bay Championship at the Fairmont in St Andrews, Scotland.
After rounds of 66, 67 and 68 in the first three rounds, Ahlers overcame a poor opening nine during which he made a double-bogey and two bogeys in the first six holes. He responded superbly with three consecutive birdies from the seventh to close out the front nine just one-over, and then he made four birdies without dropping a shot on the homeward nine.
He finished the week on 18-under-par, one shot out of the play-off between Eugenio Chacarra of Spain and Australia’s Matt Jones. It was an epic 10-hole play-off that was eventually won by Chacarra, who made a par on the par-five 18th, two-putting from 30 feet, while Jones, 20 years his senior, missed a five-footer for a five. Both players had birdied the final hole in normal time to finish tied on 19-under, with Chacarra carding a five-under-par 67 and Jones a 69.
Behind Ahlers, Dean Burmester overcame his poor opening round of two-over-par 74 and he closed with a four-under 68 to finish in seventh on 16-under-par. Yurav Premlall had a one-under 71 in the final round to finish on 11-under in a share of 23rd, while Ian Snyman and Jbe’ Kruger shared 28th on 10-under after rounds of 70 and 71 respectively. Neil Schietekat climbed to a share of 41st on seven-under with his closing 68.