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The Debrief: Nedbank Golf Challenge
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The Debrief: Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tommy Fleetwood beat Marcus Kinhult in a play-off to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Tommy Fleetwood Sun City

Here, we take a look at the highlights of the week at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

Consistency pays off

Three second-place finishes. Ten top tens. And, finally, the win he's deserved - and it came at a Rolex Series event. Fleetwood has been on an incredible run of consistency since his last European Tour victory in January 2018 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, but he had fell agonisingly short of another win. But this week, a sublime closing 65 - containing three eagles - saw the Englishman force a play-off with Kinhult and an excellent up and down for par at the first extra hole was enough to get him back in the winner's circle. "Golf is a funny old game and all we want to do is win," Fleetwood said. "Everybody strives for the same thing week in, week out and unless you do you're never satisfied, even finishing second. Nothing comes close to holding this trophy - this is the most special thing."

And then there were five

Bernd Wiesberger heads into the season's final event at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. Fleetwood is up second following his win, just over 722 points behind the Austrian, while Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick all remain in with a chance of overall victory. Fleetwood - the 2017 winner - said: "It's such a great feeling to be playing with a chance to win the Race to Dubai in the last event. Everybody starts the Tour at the start of the season to get there and to be one of the guys that can actually finish at the top is very special."

Rookie race goes to the wire

Robert MacIntyre

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre leads the rookie rankings after recording back-to-back stunning rounds over the weekend. A 65 on Saturday was followed by a closing 68 which secured a share of eighth place and moved him up two places to 11th in the Race to Dubai. That is one spot - and just 90.6 points - ahead of fellow rookie Kurt Kitayama. Their battle will go to Dubai.

From hospital to the top of the leaderboard

On Wednesday, Louis Oosthuizen was in hospital due to kidney stones and was on his knees at 3.00am before his opening round. But 12 hours later, he had a three shot lead after a brilliant opening 63. "Considering that at 3.00am this morning I didn't think I was going to tee it up, I'm very chuffed with that round," he said. The South African admitted fatigue caught up with him a little bit on Friday but he managed to complete the tournament and finished in a tie for sixth.

Samooja makes history

What are the odds of making a hole-in-one and an albatross in the same season? Pretty high... but that is what Kalle Samooja has managed on the 2019 Race to Dubai. The Finn holed a wedge at the 15th in round one of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and on Thursday he holed a four iron from 235 yards on the tenth to pick up three shots. That was the fifth albatross of the season - the second in the Rolex Series - and he became the first man to do the double in the blue riband events.

Mongoose take over

The Gary Player Country Club is right next door to the Pilanesberg National Park. And these lot decided to get the best seats in the house for the golf - though they did get a little too close to the action.