Jordan Gumberg clinched his first career title

Jordan Gumberg clinched his first career title on the DP World Tour with rounds of 68, 69, 71, and 68

by Andrea Gussoni
Jordan Gumberg clinched his first career title
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Jordan Gumberg clinched his first career title on the DP World Tour with rounds of 68, 69, 71, and 68. The American triumphed in South Africa by edging out Robin Williams with a birdie on the second hole of the playoff, denying Williams the chance to celebrate a home victory at the SDC Championship.

Both players finished the regulation 72 holes with a total of 276 (-12) strokes, but it was Gumberg's feat on the 29-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that made the difference in the playoff.

Jordan Gumberg, results

At the St.

Francis Links course (par 72) designed by Jack Nicklaus in Saint Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, Frenchman David Ravetto secured third place with a score of 278 (-10). Francesco Laporta, finishing 16th with 283 (68 71 71 73, -5) and the top Italian in the competition, narrowly missed out on the Top 10.

Despite starting eighth after the first round and holding ninth place after the second and third rounds, Laporta dropped seven positions in the final round with a score of 73 (+1), his only score above par. Behind him, Matteo Manassero finished 36th with 287 (-1) ahead of Lorenzo Scalise, who finished 47th with 290 (+2).

Gumberg, competing in his 14th event on the DP World Tour, the premier men's continental circuit, celebrated his first victory with a comeback in the final round, climbing from sixth place with a score of 68 (-4). He also earned a prize of €235,904 from a total prize pool of €1,380,000.

The DP World Tour remains in South Africa, preparing to move to Edenvale for the Jonsson Workwear Open scheduled from March 7th to 10th. St. Francis Bay is a picturesque holiday destination situated in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality within South Africa's Eastern Cape province, approximately an hour's drive from Gqeberha.

The town faced a significant setback on November 11, 2012, when a fire ravaged 76 homes, predominantly with thatched roofs, leaving widespread destruction in its wake. St. Francis Bay boasts a distinctive architectural charm, characterized by white-painted houses adorned with black roofs, predominantly thatched, lining the canals or overlooking the golf course.

In Santareme and Port St. Francis, a Mediterranean style of architecture prevails. The scenic Kromme River, navigable for 14 kilometers upstream, is intricately linked to the St. Francis canal system. The bay is frequented by whales from May to late October, while dolphins grace its waters daily as they journey between the bays of Cape St.

Francis and Jeffrey’s Bay. The Cape clawless otter is a common sight, playful among the waves and rock pools near Port St. Francis and Otters Landing. Bird enthusiasts will delight in the rich avian diversity, with over 200 species recorded, including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle.

Port St. Francis serves as both a commercial and recreational harbor, catering to the squid industry's freezing vessels and offering a quaint harbor resort village. Its sheltered location provides secure mooring for boats, pleasure craft, and ocean-faring yachts.

Nearby, St. Francis Field offers an airpark facility for aviation enthusiasts. Adjacent to St. Francis Bay lies Cape St. Francis, a charming fishing village renowned for surfing at Seal Point, its pristine beaches, and the historic 1878 lighthouse.

Scenic walking trails wind along the rocky coastline, through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve, and around Cape St. Francis point, connecting it to St. Francis Bay. Cape St. Francis is situated 8 kilometers from Thyspunt, previously earmarked as the preferred site for South Africa's next nuclear power station. Nearby, the township of Sea Vista is home to a predominantly black and colored population.

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