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2023: Nick Bachem
The 2023 edition of this Johannesburg event turned out to be a tournament to remember for 23-year-old German pro Nick Bachem. Heading to South Africa without a DP World Tour win to his name, Bachem broke his duck at just the 12th time of asking to hold off the challenge of local hopes Hennie Du Plessis and Zander Lombard.
A four-shot victory may suggest a comfortable afternoon's work, but for much of the final round, the result looked to be in the balance. Bachem and playing partner Gavin Green exploded into life early with three birdies apiece over the first four holes to move to the top of the leaderboard. They were however soon joined by overnight leader Alexander Knappe following his birdie at the fifth, whilst Hennie Du Plessis joined the party to make it a four-way tie heading into the meat of the round.
Whilst the competition stalled, Bachem maintained his pace with birdies at 10 and 11 to move two clear with the finishing line in sight. Pressure may have been expected to come, but both Green and Knappe posted a double bogey at 11, with Du Plessis following suit at 13. All of a sudden Bachem’s birdie at 14 was good for a five-shot lead with only four to play. From there, the German was in cruise control, finishing birdie, par on 17 and 18 for a closing round of 64 to end on 24 under par for the tournament. Du Plessis and Lombard finished four shots back in a share of second place.
A landmark success for Bachem, who picked up €235,543 in prize money and jumped 191 spots in the World Rankings to 273. Elsewhere at the event, Ockie Strydom’s effort in fourth was enough to see him move up to fourth in the Race to Dubai, whilst Joakim Lageren’s 63 on Saturday was the best round of the week.