Sunday, 13 November 2016
Ricardo Gouveia   (Getty Images)
Ricardo Gouveia (Getty Images)

Ricardo Gouveia was delighted after a strong finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player saw him book his place in next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Gouveia, who topped the Challenge Tour Rankings last season, posted a five-under-par 67 on Sunday to finish in a tie for third place on seven under.

The 25 year old secured his spot in this week's field with a strong performance at the Turkish Airlines Open last weekend and Gouveia is thrilled to have repeated the trick this week.

He said: "It's massive for me to make it to Dubai. 

"Going into the last regular-season event in Portugal, I had to play well to get into Turkey and then I had to play well in Turkey to get in this week, and again, I had to play well this week to get in Dubai.

"So I'm just really happy."

Gouveia began his final round nine shots behind overnight leader Jeunghun Wang after producing rounds of 74, 68 and 72 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively.

And he started brightly on day four, firing back-to-back birdies at the second and third holes to get to four under.

After dropping his first shot of the day at the fifth, Gouveia made a gain at the ninth to reach the turn in 34.

Gouveia picked up further shots at the tenth and 11th before carding a second bogey at the 13th.

It's massive for me to make it to Dubai - Ricardo Gouveia

And birdies at the 15th and 17th saw him move to seven under.

"It was a great week," added Gouveia. "I didn't start very well but I knew my game was good. I just stayed patient. 

"I'm very satisfied to shoot a five-under round on the last day."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOREN, AlexSWE18-14
2WANG, JeunghunKOR18-8
T3CAÑIZARES, AlejandroESP18-7
T3GOUVEIA, RicardoPOR18-7
T3GRACE, BrandenRSA18-7

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