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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2007, 10:43 GMT
Haig pips Wilson to Thailand win
Anton Haig
Haig has been tipped by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen as a future star

FINAL LEADERBOARD:
-13 A Haig (SA)*, R Sterne (SA), O Wilson (Eng)
-10 R Goosen (SA)
-9 M Weir (Can)
-8 C Montgomerie (Sco), G Ghei (India), E Els (SA), D Frost (SA)
Selected others:
-7 R Bland (Eng)
-5 G Storm (Eng), A Forsyth (Sco)
(* won at first extra hole)

England's Oliver Wilson lost out in a three-way play-off for the Johnnie Walker Classic as emerging star Anton Haig won his first European Tour event.

The 20-year-old South African held his nerve by sinking a birdie at the 18th while compatriot Richard Sterne and Wilson both missed chances.

He repeated the feat in the play-off with a six-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to claim victory.

All three players finished on 13 under, with Retief Gooosen three shots back.

It was just a matter of time before everything came together

Anton Haig
Three birdies on the back nine put Goosen in contention before a bogey on the last ended his hopes.

Colin Montgomerie was among a group of four players, including Ernie Els, who finished a further shot back, five adrift.

Haig earned his first European Tour title at his 17th attempt and then revealed his long-term goal is to emulate his illustrious compatriots Els and Goosen.

He said: "I'm going to keep on fighting and hopefully, one day, I will be as good as Ernie and Retief.

"I've watched them from a young age and they have really given me a bit of oomph to get to the top.

"I know I can win, I know I'm good enough. It was just a matter of time before everything came together."

I had my chances and didn't take them

Oliver Wilson
Wilson missed a 20-foot putt on the 18th that would have given him victory, as did Sterne with an easier chance from six feet.

Both players then missed their third shots at the 403-yard par four hole - the second hardest on the course - in the play-off.

"I had my chances and didn't take them," Wilson admitted.

"It was easy from the middle of the fairway both in regulation play and in the play-off, and I didn't get the ball within 20 feet. That was disappointing."

Sterne watched as his eight-foot putt agonisingly caught the edge of the hole but stayed out, allowing Haig to land the 208,330 first prize.

Sterne said: "I played my best but it didn't go the way I wanted to go. It's great for Anton. I'm disappointed but I did my best."



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