Sunday, 14 January 2018
I didn't think I was capable of this - Chris Paisley

Chris Paisley broke his European Tour title duck at the 118th attempt following a three-shot victory at the BMW SA Open Championship Proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.

The 31 year old hit a flawless six under 66 for the final round to finish on 21-under par for the tournament and moved up to the fifth in the Race to Dubai presented by Rolex rankings after a pay cheque worth 166,000 euros.


Victory in Ekurhuleni came in more unusual circumstances with his wife Keri standing in as replacement caddie for the event - the first time she has ever been in the role - as he became the third Englishman to win the tournament in four years following Andy Sullivan's success in 2015 and Graeme Storm last season.

Paisley's last win came on the Challenge Tour in July 2012 when he secured a two-stroke success at the English Challenge and he recorded four more top 10 finishes to rank 12th at the end of the season to earn a European Tour card.

The Hexham-born golfer has had several near-misses since graduating from the Challenge Tour with third place finishes at the 2015 BMW International Open, 2016 Italian Open and Made In Denmark last season, where he ended the year ranked 112th in the Race to Dubai presented by Rolex after  342,685 euros of prize money.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PAISLEY, ChrisENG18-21
2GRACE, BrandenRSA18-18
T4VINCENT, ScottZIM18-14
T4KRUYSWIJK, JacquesRSA18-14
T4BLAAUW, JacquesRSA18-14

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