Kruger holds nerve to win in India

Sun, 19 Feb 12:19:00 2012

Jbe Kruger wrapped up the Avantha Masters title, his first Asian Tour success, with a composed fourth round in New Delhi.

Jbe Kruger wins Avantha Masters 2012 (via Asian Tour) - 0

Kruger, who held the lead going into the final day, shot a three-under-par 69 to win the event at the DLF Golf and Country Club by two strokes.

Spain’s Jorge Campillo made ground on the final day with a 67 to take a share of second place with Germany’s Marcel Siem on 276 while Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Spain’s Manuel Jose Lara closed with matching 277s for a share of fourth.

Kruger, a runner-up on several occasions, said his experience of coming close to titles had stood him in good stead to hold his nerve in the last round in the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event.

“It’s a big relief now that I’ve won but I think I needed all those second–placed finishes to be able to appreciate this. There was no pressure even when I made my only bogey of the day on the 17th,” said Kruger.

“I knew victory was always a possibility from my first shot. Then I felt that victory was inevitable when I got to the 14th hole.”


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