Tshwane Open: Dawie van der Walt ecstatic after maiden Tour triumph
Dawie van der Walt was delighted to claim his first professional Tour title in the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf.
Last Updated: 03/03/13 5:14pm
The 30-year-old held off fellow South African Darren Fichardt by two shots over the Ernie Els-designed course to secure his maiden win on home soil.
Van der Walt closed with a five-under-par 67 before saying: "You can only imagine what it's like to win such a big one.
"I'm just really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and not win.
"You start doubting yourself and at 30-years-old you start to wonder if you're good enough and this shows me that I am.
"I would have liked to win before 30 but I'll definitely take this.
"Golf is a game where you don't get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic."
As for whether he will leave the South African-based Sunshine Tour and join the European version full-time, he added: "I don't know what I'll do yet.
"The purses are a lot bigger on the European Tour, so I'll have to rethink some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important.
"I hit the ball really good and I never really had to chip, which is not my strength.
"If you hit a lot of greens and don't three-putt then you're going to do well.
"Among the turning points was dropping a birdie putt at 12. I was desperate for another birdie to get to five-under and once the ball went into the hole I felt I was in control."