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Richard Sterne wins again in a playoff

Richard Sterne claimed his second successive tournament victory on home soil when he edged out Britain’s Gareth Maybin in a playoff to win the South Africa Open on Sunday.

Sterne, who won last week’s Dunhill Championship in Malelane, finished level with Maybin on 14 under par and birdied the first extra hole to become the event’s eighth consecutive home winner.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Sterne after winning his fifth European Tour victory and third of 2008, following success in the Johannesburg Open in January.

“I was pretty confident playing the first again because I’d birdied it twice before so I had a good feeling for it,” Sterne told reporters.

The 26-year-old Sterne became the first player to win the Open and the Dunhill Championship in one season and earned himself a spot in the 2009 Masters at Augusta.

Maybin, 28, was disappointed to have lost when he was so close to his maiden European Tour victory but was proud to have held his own.

“It was fun to play in the last group and play with Lee (Westwood),” he said. “He played really good golf. Obviously it all came up just a little short but, all in all, I’m very happy with myself and the way I held up.”

Overnight leader Westwood knocked himself out of the early running with four bogeys before the turn but the Briton fought back to finish on 13 under for a share of third place.

Also in third were fellow Briton Rory McIlroy (70) and South African Ernie Els who carded a 64 after a 77 on Saturday.


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