Garrick Higgo Shoots Back-to-Back 63s to Win Gran Canaria Lopesan Open

Garrick Higgo Wins Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf Club
Garrick Higgo poses with the trophy after winning the Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf Club on April 25, 2021 in Maspalomas, Spain. (Photo by Warren Little via Getty Images)

Garrick Higgo shot a final-round 7-under 63 to claim his second European Tour title at the 2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

The 21-year old South African entered Sunday at Meloneras Golf course holding a two-shot lead, and following a second straight round of 63, Higgo was hoisting the trophy with a 25-under 255, three clear of Maximilian Kiefer, who took home the silver medal for the second week in a row.

With two wins in just 24 starts, Higgo joined nine-time major winner Gary Player as the only South Africans to win twice in less than 25 starts.

Higgo said he spoke to the golf legend on Saturday night as he slept on his first 54-hole lead.

Garrick Higgo Wins Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf Club
Garrick Higgo celebrates victory with his caddie on the 18th hole during day Four of the Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf Club on April 25, 2021 in Maspalomas, Spain. (Photo by Warren Little via Getty Images)

“I spoke to Gary last night, actually, and he just said there is no such thing as a lead and you should play like you’re two behind,” said Higgo, who will move inside the top 70 in the world rankings.

“That was nice from him. He’s said it to me so many times but I’ve never really had a lead so I’ve never had to worry about that.”

Dane Jeff Winther (64) was alone in third-place on 21 under, two in front of England’s Sam Horsfield (66) who finished 19 under.

Scot Connor Syme (68) and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen rounded out the top-5 finishers in Gran Canaria.

2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open

Final: Top-5 Finishers
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 4)
1. Garrick Higgo -25 (-7)
2. Maximilian Kiefer -22 (-8)
3. Jeff Winther -21 (-6)
4. Sam Horsfield -19 (-4)
5. Thorbjorn Olesen -18 (-4)
5. Connor Syme -18 (-2)

Developing… More to come…


Material, including press releases, from the European Tour Media were used to compile this report.


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