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ZIMBABWEAN CHINHOI REIGNS SUPREME AT SAFARI TOUR’S SECOND LEG AT ROYAL NAIROBI GOLF CLUB

Posted on Thursday, 15th October 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi wins Safari Golf Tour at royal Nairobi Golf Club.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Former Amateur Golfer of The Year Samuel Njoroge’s dream of clinching his maiden Safari Tour series title went up in flames following a disappointing final round at the par 72 Royal Nairobi Golf Club that saw him return a score of four over par 76 to relinquish the trophy to Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi.

The Railways player who recently turned pro blamed fatigue for his failure to hold on to the lead after closing round three tied top alongside the eventual winner. Njoroge started well, making a birdie at the par five-second, then dropped two shots at the eighth and nine, and twice went into the hazard at the 11th and 12th with a late birdie coming at the 17th.

“I did not have any pressure at all, but I just could not push myself to the limit. All the same, I am happy finishing second for the second week in a row and in my second tournament as a pro,” said Njoroge

Chinhoi, who finished runners up for times in the last qualifier, clinched the leg following a brilliant round of five under par 67 in the closing round for a total of nine -under par 279. For his expolits, the Zimbabwean won Sh150,000 including a bonus for scoring under par in four rounds and 50 points while Njoroge took home Sh70,000 for his runner up position and 48 points in the Road to Magical Kenya Open 2021.
The winner birdied the first nine’s second and seventh holes, then just like in the third round, started his birdie-hunt with a three at the par four- 10th, added three more at the 15th, 17th and the par four-18th. Three putts at the par four-16th denied him a bogey-free round.

“I am excited about winning my first event in the Safari Tour, after finishing second four times. My tee shots were solid, as I made all the fairways though I also missed a number of putts particularly at the first nine where I felt a bit shaken which is normal when you are playing in the
final round and with good players,’’ said Chinhoi who played alongside Njoroge and his elder brother John Wangai in the final round.

“I have not played at Vet Lab, the venue for the next leg in the Safari Tour series. Just like it was my first time here at Royal I will try and keep it on the fairways and see how it goes,’’ added the 29 year old from Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe and who turned professional in 2017.

Round two leader Greg Snow who is now leading the list for the Open on 168.2 points, shot level par 72 in the final round to finish in third place on one over par 289, just a shot better than Golf Park’s Eric Ooko who posted one over par 73 in the closing round.

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SIBLING RIVALRY AS NJOROGE TIES WITH ELDER BROTHER WANJAU AND ZIMBABWE’S CHINHOI AFTER THRID ROUND OF SAFARI TOUR AT ROYAL

Posted on Wednesday, 14th October 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Samuel Njoroge follows his tee shot at Royal Nairobi Club today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

When Railways’ Samuel Njoroge tees off at 8.40 am tomorrow morning at Royal Nairobi, he will be hoping for a round of golf better than the other 24 competitors in the final round of the Safari Tour series’ second leg so as to lift his maiden title in the Tour.

Njoroge, who is barely a month into playing as a professional, returned a score of three under par 69 in the third round to go tied top with a combined score of four under par 212. He leveled the field in the first round and played one under par on the second day to make cut tied second.

“I missed the title in the first leg by one shot but i am hoping to play well in the final round at Royal to maintain first place. I returned a better score in the third round after improving on my putting. I am putting well now, the course is also good and I am happy with my game,”said Njoporoge after the third round.

The 26 year old who won the Golfer of the year amateur title two years ago before turning professional this year, will tee off in the last group alongside his elder brother Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) captain John Wangai and Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi with whom they are tied with in top place.

Chinhoi made four straight birdies at the back nine of the third round, to share the lead with Njoroge, after closing the round on a three under par 69. The Zimbabwean had carried a one over par score from the front nine where he hit three back to back bogeys from the fifth to the seventh holes but a better back nine game saved the day for him.

“I made many wrong decisions in the first nine and it almost cost me a good round. I had started well picking up two birdies at the first and second holes, then pushed my tee-shot to the right at the fifth hole, came out well but missed the par. I hit my eighth iron to the bunker at the par three-sixth, came out with two to drop my second shot,” he said.

He started the back nine with a birdie after a solid driver to about 70m to the green, dropped a shot at the 12th, but made birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th to push himself to the top of the leader-board and share the lead the new-comer Njoroge.

“This course is very easy to make birdies if one makes the right decision and is at the right place all the time. Winning here will give me the confidence I need for the season and particularly after missing the first leg at Limuru” added Chinhoi.
Wangai meanwhile made five birdies but against a similar number of bogeys, to close day three on level par 72 and in third position on level par 216.
Round two leaders Eric Ooko and Greg Snow dropped to joint fourth with Kenya’s leading junior amateur Mutahi Kibugu of Muthaiga Golf Club on one over par 217.

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