6th May 2012 | IGT Challenge Tour
McClean wins Orange Crab race to Asia second Leg
John McClean won the second leg of the Orange Crab Race to Asia over 54 holes at the CMR Golf Club on Wednesday.
McClean started the final day two shots ahead of Jaco Prinsloo. His final-round 3-under-par 69 was enough to win by four on 16 under par from Prinsloo, who shot a 1-under 71, and Pieter Kruger, with a 4-under-par 68.
Prinsloo had narrowed the gap to only one shot with nine holes to play but made drops on 10 and 12 to ease the pressure on McClean.
McClean said. “This is a big win for me and hopefully I can take this forward in my career. It was a long time coming and I am just happy at this moment.”
McClean played solid golf for the tree rounds and his score card showed only one drop in round 2 with 13 birdies and 2 eagles for rounds of 65, 66 and 69.
Other notable scores came from Coert Groenewald with rounds of 67, 72 & 67 and Rynardt Combrink, who shot 68, 70 & 68 for tied 4th, both on 10 under par. Jaco Mouton finished in 5th place on 9 under par with rounds of 72, 67 and 68.
The Orange Crab Race to Asia is played over seven events during April and May and ends with the IGT Match Play at the end of May where there is one more place up for grabs.
IGT Tour Players can win one of the five fully paid places and is open to all golfers who have not got a Sunshine Tour card for 2013.
McClean concluded “The Orange Crab race to Asia is a great initiative for development golf in South Africa and players are taking their golf to new heights.”
Albie Hanekom of Orange Crab said “It is exciting to see how serious the players are taking this opportunity and we are just as a excited as the players in seeing tournament golf being played at another level for development golfers.”