Calderon takes 2018 Sunshine Tour Eye of Africa Championship

Published: 12-Feb-2018      Updated: 13-Jun-2018
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2018 Sunshine Tour - Eye of Africa PGA Championship 

Chilean Matias Calderon has won the 2018 Sunshine Tour Eye of Africa PGA Championship in Johannesburg. Calderon hit a 40-ft putt birdie in his final round, wrapping it up with 7-under-par 65 and winning his first Sunshine Tour title on Sunday.

"I had already made one long putt for par on number 13 or 14 if I'm not wrong," he said of his last hole.

"And, for some reason when I looked at it, I was like 'if I give this the proper pace, it's going to go in', so I just focused on pace and I don't know, for some reason I thought it had a chance."

He was up against Combrinck Smit from Kenya, who had led the tournament from the beginning. Smit was six shots ahead when they began the final round. Calderon's eagle on his par 5 second hole meant he was right in the game. Two birdies followed soon after, then three more on the back nine.  He closed with 17-under, a shot ahead of Smit.

This is Calderon's fourth professional win, the other three being on the Tour de Pacifico, but this win is "The biggest I've had in my short career so it means a lot to me," he said.

The Greg Norman designed Eye of Africa Signature golf course is one of the longest in the country, at 6934 metres. It can be seen in the video below.

 

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