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Ariel Canete gains maiden European Tour win

Argentina's Ariel Canete completed the final round with just one bogey to win the inaugural Joburg Open by two strokes on Sunday.

Canete, who led by one stroke going into the fourth round, bogeyed the par-three second hole but then picked up two birdies on the front nine and three coming in to finish on 19-under-par, a shot clear of South African Andrew McLardy.

Canete fired a four-under-par 67 on the East course to edge out McLardy, who bogeyed the first and 10th holes but also had five birdies in a three-under-par 68.

Another South African, Hennie Otto, was alone in third place on 16-under-par after shooting a 67.

Compatriot Alex Haindl briefly threatened the leaders, before bogeys on the 14th and 17th saw him finish on 13-under, along with countryman Mark Murless.

Canete sealed his victory with a brilliant up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 18th.

Canete, celebrating his maiden European Tour win, said: "I hit a good shot from the bunker and then I looked at the putt and thought 'I have to make this, just one more putt'.

"I hit it perfect and it went straight in."

Canete, 31, the first Argentine to win in South Africa, only entered the tournament after a friend at home insisted he should.

"I was not even practising and my friend phoned to say I must go and play because I would have a good chance because the field was not the best. He thought maybe I could make the top five."



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