SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2012 - AVANTHA MASTERS
Jbe Kruger (Getty Images)
• Gains his first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 38th European Tour event.
• Moves to €341,485 in The Race to Dubai.
• Moves to around 110th in the Official World Ranking from 159th.
• This victory beats his previous best European Tour performance of third in the 2010 Africa Open.
• This victory beats his previous best 2012 performance of tied ninth in the Joburg Open.
• Becomes the second first-time winner of the 2012 European Tour season, following Branden Grace (Joburg Open).
• This victory continues South Africa’s recent run of success on The European Tour. The country have won six of the last ten European Tour events. They are: Garth Mulroy (2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship), Hennie Otto (2011 SA Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (2012 Africa Open), Branden Grace (2012 Joburg Open and 2012 Volvo Golf Champions) and Jbe Kruger (2012 Avantha Masters).
• This victory beats his previous best finish in the Avantha Masters of tied 16th in 2011.OTHER FACTS
• Becomes the 31st different South African to win on The European Tour.
• The fourth South African victory of 2012 from the seven events so far. They are: Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open), Branden Grace (Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions) and Jbe Kruger (Avantha Masters).
• Becomes the 399th different player to win on The European Tour.
• The second player to make the Avantha Masters their debut European Tour victory following Andrew Dodt (2010).
• Becomes the first player to win the Avantha Masters when leading or sharing the lead going into the final round.
• Victory comes after leading going into the final round. This represents the first time he has led going into the final round of a European Tour event.
• Becomes the first South African to win the Avantha Masters.
• Gains his largest European Tour prize of €300,000.
• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of the 2014 season.
• His third professional victory.