Chinhoi seals wire to wire win in SeedCo Malawi Open

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Robson Chinhoi

Zimbabwean professional golfer Robson Chinhoi’s remarkable run of good form on the African circuit continues after he was crowned the 2021 champion of the SeedCo Malawi Open at Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday.

The victory comes just one month after he won Safari Series Four held in Kenya.

During the four-day tournament which started in Malawi on Thursday, the Zimbabwean finished with a four day total of eight-under-par 280.

On the first day, Chinhoi carded a brilliant round of 67 before following that up with an equally impressive 69 on the second day.

On the third day, he had a score of 72 before achieving the same on the last day.

Chinhoi showed great character from the first day, having maintained top spot until the last day of the tournament.

In his victory speech, Chinhoi attributed his success to the effort he made in familiarising with the Lilongwe Golf Club layout ahead of the tournament.

“I played to beat the golf course. I studied the golf course very well and I played according to my plans,” the Zimbabwean said.

For winning the tournament, Chinhoi will pocket US$2,500 (about K2 million).

Another Zimbabwean golfer Nyasha Muyambo finished in second position with a score of 287 whereas Zambian golfer Patrick Mwendepole came third with a score of 290.

Malawi’s highly rated golfer Paul Chidale, who won the tournament in 2020, came fourth with a score of 292.

Chidale started the tournament well with a score of 68 on the first day but he had a score of 76 on the second day. On the third day, he had a score of 72 before registering a 76 score on the last day.

Morton Kombai from Zimbabwe and Mathew Mahome from Kenya tied on a score of 296.

Adam Sailesi from Malawi made the cut when he finished on position seven with a score of 298, just one above Tafara Mpofu from Zimbabwe, who finished on position eight.

Sydney Wemba from Zambia finished on position nine with a score of 300 whereas Tatenda Makunde from Zimbabwe was on position 10 with a score of 303.

Seed-Co Malawi organised the golf tournament which attracted 47 professional golfers.

In addition, the company also sponsored other categories including championship and junior category.

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