Allenby wins Nedbank, beating Stenson in playoff
Australia’s Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday,
beating Sweden’s Henrik Stenson on the third hole of a playoff.
Allenby closed with a 1-under 71 to match Stenson (69) at
11-under 277 on the Gary Player Country Club course. The winner
earned $1.2 million.
The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players
bogeyed in regulation.
They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds
before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first
time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went
through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby
two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.
“I thought we were going to be there all night,” Allenby said.
“But I’m proud to be the first Australian to win this title, and I
knew once Henrik pushed his approach out right (in the third
round), I had a chance if I could hit the green in regulation.”
Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth at 9
under in the 12-man field. Tim Clark (69) and Ross Fisher (70) were
third at 10 under.