SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Dawie van der Walt won the Chile Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a birdie for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke victory.
The 32-year-old South African finished at 21-under 263 at Mapocho and earned $108,000. He won two European Tour events in South Africa in 2013.
”It’s very sweet,” van der Walt said. ”It’s been a long time coming. … It was a combination of things. I hit a lot of shots close. Sometimes you hit good shots and they just don’t end up close. I hit my irons really good and a lot of them were close this week.”
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He nearly skipped the tournament after finishing the European Tour’s South African Swing.
”I played pretty decent last week,” van der Walt said. ”I wasn’t thinking I wasn’t going to make the cut, but thought I might play well here. I certainly wasn’t expecting to win.”
Erik Barnes was second after a 66. He birdied the final three holes.
”Dawie played great today,” Barnes said. ”He hit it good. He chipped it good. He putted good. That’s hard to beat.”
Third-round leader Craig Barlow was another stroke back along with Wes Roach. Barlow had a hole a hole-in-one with a 6-iron the 214-yard eighth, but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 in a 69.