Zimbabwean professional golfer Robson Chinhoi beat Kenya’s Dismas Indiza in a three-hole playoff to claim the seventh leg of the 2021/2022 Safari Tour series at the par 72 Karen Country Club course in Nairobi on Wednesday.
At the end of regulation play, the two leading pros had tied on a total of 12 under par 276.
Indiza, the only player in the tournament to play under par in all the four rounds, missed birdie chances in the first two holes of the play off (10th, 11th and 12th) to level with the Zimbabwean, but missed the putt for a par and lost to Chinhoi with a par.
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The win was a sweet revenge for Chinhoi who lost to Indiza in a playoff at the same venue last year.
Chinhoi becomes the first player to win three events on the Safari Tour this season after winning at Vetlab in October and picking another victory in Limuru a fortnight ago.
The win also enhances his chances of winning this season’s Safari Tour Order of Merit after he finished second to Indiza last season.
Indiza also leads in the “Road to Magical Kenya Open’’ with a total of 324 points, while Chinhoi leads the regional players with 311, with hid compatriot Visitor Mapwanya and Uganda’s Deo Akope in a neck- and-neck battle for the second slot having scored 118 and 116 points.
Action now moves to Muthaiga Golf Club on Sunday where the par 71 course, which is also hosting the Magical Kenya Open, will stage the eighth leg in the series.
The final leader board
Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 69, 67, 67, 73= 276*
Dismas Indiza 70, 68, 68, 70= 276
Simon Ngige 66, 66, 73, 72= 277
Visitor Mapwanya(Zim) 68, 64, 70, 76= 278
Greg Snow 74, 69, 70, 70= 283
Nyasha Muyambo (Zim) 72, 69, 69, 73= 283
Sunday Olapade (Nig) 71, 67, 73, 74- 285
Sydney Wemba(Zam) 68, 70, 70, 77=285