Keeble denied by costly three putt

Bobby Keeble

England boy cap Bobby Keeble came within a shot of winning the one-day Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship at Durbanville Golf Club near Cape Town.

In perfect conditions, Nathan Scott held out to win a shootout against Keeble, Scott finishing on 139, one clear despite the Essex youngster firing an afternoon 68, the best round of the day.

The morning lead was shared by Aslam Mallick and Deniz Palanduz on 3 under 69, but the afternoon saw Keeble and Scott blitz the front nine.

Scott made six birdies in the first 11 holes while Keeble was seven under for his first 13 holes. When Scott dropped shots on 12 and 13 it looked like it was Keeble's title, but the 18 year old hit a poor drive to drop a shot on 14.

Both players stood on the tee at the short 17th at six under for the day. Scott hit his tee shot long but got a fortunate break when his ball struck a tree overlooking the green and, with a good bounce, he capitalised and saved his par.

Keeble hit a great tee shot but it ran through the green. He chipped to a metre but disappointingly three-putted.

Although Scott dropped a shot on the 18th, he had done enough to win by the narrowest of margins.

Leading final scores (South African unless stated): 139 N Scott 70 69; 140 B Keeble (Eng) 72 68; 142 R Bougas 72 70; 144 K Ochse 71 73, I Snyman 74 70. Other English score: 146 R Burlison 75 71