David Lipsky wins Alfred Dunhill Championship


David Lipsky won his second European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa on Sunday

David Lipsky overcame a late wobble to claim the final European Tour event of 2018 by two shots over Scotland's David Drysdale on Sunday during his first visit to Leopard Creek GC. 

The 30-year-old American began the final round a stroke behind Scott Jamieson, but quickly joined the lead with two back-to-back opening birdies. He pushed ahead further when Jamieson dropped three shots on the third and fifth holes, and briefly extended his lead to six shots with an excellent approach shot to the 10th hole. 

Behind him was home favourite Zander Lombard, who managed to cut the lead down to just one shot when Lipsky bogeyed the 12th and dropped two shots on the 15th, but a triple-bogey on 16 ended his shot at the title. 

Up ahead, Drysdale posted the clubhouse target of 67, but Lipsky recovered with a final-hole birdie on the par-five 18th to finish two shots clear of the Scot with a four-under 68. 

For Lipsky, whose victory was his first on the European Tour since 2014, struggled to post just a singular top 10 last season and finished outside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai, the victory was 'indescribable'. 

"It's indescribable actually," he said. "Winning is what we all hope to do, it's what we practise for, it's what we all put the time in for - the blood, sweat and tears.

"This was a tough year for me. I haven't played that well and have really struggled. To cap it off with a win at the end of the year is so special and I'm really looking forward to big things in 2019."