Brandon Stone Claims Maiden European Tour Win at SA Open

Brandon Stone Claims Maiden European Tour Win at SA Open

Brandon Stone of South Africa poses with the South African Open trophy following his victory in the BMW SA Open at Glendower Golf Club on Jan. 10, 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) Brandon Stone won the South African Open on Sunday for his maiden European Tour win.

The South African finished with a 71 that had seven birdies and also six bogeys, but it was still enough for a two-shot win over Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Stone finished 14 under at Glendower Golf Club in a tournament that was interrupted by stormy weather, forcing the first three rounds to be suspended and carried over to the following day.

At 22, Stone is the youngest winner of the South African Open – the second-oldest national Open after the British Open – since it joined the tour in 1997.

Stone was in tears after completing victory. He held a five-shot lead at one point but had to fight in the end to hold off Bezuidenhout’s charge.

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