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Problem Tour, Akesson wins in South Africa

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Luca Cianchetti completed in seventeenth place with 207 (66 68 73, -9) strokes on the NMB Championship, the final of 4 consecutive occasions organized by the Problem Tour in collaboration with the Sunshine Tour, which opened the season in South Africa.

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On the Humewood Golf Membership (par 72) in Port Elizabeth, in a event lowered from 72 to 54 holes as a consequence of unhealthy climate, Swedish participant Bjorn Akesson prevailed with 198 (63 67 68, -18) strokes, narrowly defeating Englishman Lee Slattery, who completed second with 199 (-17).

Australian Hayden Hopewell secured third place with 200 (-16), adopted by Frenchman Martin Couvra in fourth with 201 (-15), Northern Irishman Jonathan Caldwell in fifth with 202 (-14), and South African Jaco Prinsloo and Frenchman Romain Wattel tied for sixth with 203 (-13).

South African Keenan Davidse, who had began the ultimate spherical within the lead, completed solely eighth with 204 (-12), the identical rating as his compatriots Anthony Michael and Martin Vorster. 35-year-old Bjorn Akesson from Malmoe claimed his first title in his 104th look on the Problem Tour, which additionally counts in the direction of the South African circuit.

After not attaining good outcomes, he had determined to retire in 2017, however he resumed enjoying within the Nordic Golf League in 2021, the place he had first gained in 2010. Three victories in 2023 satisfied him to proceed. Within the closing spherical, he carded a 68 (-4) with eight birdies and 4 bogeys, which proved sufficient to win and earn a prize purse of €51,241 out of a complete of roughly €323,000 (formally $350,000).

Cianchetti began in seventeenth place, climbed to tenth within the second spherical, after which dropped again to seventeenth with a closing 73 (+1, three birdies, 4 bogeys). Gregorio De Leo missed the lower, ending 62nd with 141 (68 73, -3), whereas Aron Zemmer positioned 74th with 142 (70 72, -2).

The Problem Tour will now pause earlier than resuming in three weeks with two occasions in India, the Delhi Problem (March 14-17) and the Kolkata Problem (March 21-24).

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