Apr 26th, 2021
Higgo wins in Gran Canaria
South African claims second European Tour title
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The South African had carded the lowest round of his European Tour career with a 63 on day three to put himself in the driving seat and he had extended his lead to four shots by the turn.
Kieffer - fresh off a play-off defeat last week in Austria - came home in 30 to sign for a 62 and pile on the pressure but Higgo kept his cool and registered another 63 to get twenty-five-under-par and seal a three shot victory.
"It’s unreal. Jeez, I can’t put it into words, it feels amazing. It’s quite a relief finishing now," said Higgo.
"Probably the birdies on nine or ten. It was big for me in terms of my confidence but I mean it wasn’t over until the last hole really, I knew anything could happen, especially with the wind coming up. It was a bit stressful."
Dane Jeff Winther picked up four shots in his last three holes to sign for a 64 and get to 21 under, two shots clear of England's Sam Horsfield.
Higgo's maiden victory at last season's Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos came in just his seventh event and this triumph at Meloneras Golf arrives in his 24th.
That makes him the fastest South African to two wins in European Tour history not including Major Championships, and the victory could also move the 21-year-old up to a career-best 65th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Higgo’s victory secured a South African double, with Brandon Stone having won the Limpopo Championship on the European Challenge Tour earlier in the day, and his birdie on 18 meant he also claimed the 500th win by a former Challenge Tour player on the European Tour.