Video: With “Outrageous Birdie,” Daniel van Tonder Wins Kenya Savannah Classic

Daniel van Tonder
Daniel van Tonder reacts on the 18th green during Day Four of the Kenya Savannah Classic at Karen CC on Mar 26, 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Daniel van Tonder claimed his first European Tour title at the Kenya Savannah Classic, topping Jazz Janewattananond with a birdie on the third sudden-death playoff hole at Karen Country Club.

The 30-year-old South African carded a final-day 7-under par 64, highlighted by “an outrageous birdie” (according to the Euro Tour’s TV commentator) on the 18th to force extra holes.

“I was struggling last week, but this week I found everything and was very happy,” van Tonder said. “I knew if I gave myself some putting chances, I’d make one sooner or later.

“I’ve been working hard. Last year I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour, my stroke average was quite low – then Covid happened and it made everything a bit hard travel-wise and getting in to tournaments. It wasn’t easy. I had to work hard and keep myself motivated. It paid off, so I’m very happy.

“I’m a bit different. I love pressure, if there’s pressure I get more in the zone. For me, I tried to keep it as easy as possible – hit the fairway first, then the second, put the other player under pressure and see what happens from there. I took it shot-by-shot and it worked.”

Daniel van Tonder’s Maiden European Tour Win in Kenya


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