With this win - Hennie Otto

11/27/2011 2:58:38 PM
Hennie Otto  (Getty Images)
Hennie Otto (Getty Images)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2011 – SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

• Gains his second European Tour International Schedule victory in his 222nd European Tour event.

• Moves to €523,232 in The Race to Dubai and would move into the top 60 from 80th.

• This victory is his first on The European Tour since the 2008 Italian Open, a gap of three years and 201 days.

• In that time he played 87 European Tour events between European Tour victories.

• This victory beats his previous best 2011 European Tour performances of tied seventh in the Alstom Open de France and Alfred Dunhill Championship (Nov 2011).

• The second consecutive South African victory on The European Tour, following Garth Mulroy at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

• Continues South Africa’s wonderful run of success in the South African Open Championship. This would be the country’s tenth triumph from the last 11 stagings of the event. He follows: Tim Clark (2002, 2005), Trevor Immelman (2003-2004), Retief Goosen (2006), Ernie Els 2007, 2011 (Dec 2010), James Kingston (2008) and Richard Sterne (2009).

OTHER FACTS

• Wins the South African Open Championship in his 16th appearance in the event.

• This victory beats his previous best performances in the event of fifth in 1999 and 2001.

• Becomes the seventh South African victory of the 2011 season. They are: Ernie Els (South African Open Championship – Dec 2010), Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open), Charl Schwartzel (Joburg Open and Masters Tournament), Thomas Aiken (Open de España), Garth Mulroy (Alfred Dunhill Championship – Nov 2011) ) and Hennie Otto (South African Open Championship – Nov 2011).

• South Africa’s 101st win in European Tour history.

• Gained a European Tour exemption until the end of 2012.

• His 14th professional victory.

• His third victory in 2011, following the Dimension Data Pro-Am and Platinum Classic on the Sunshine Tour.