Yorkshire's Chris Hanson lost count in BMW SA Open after dazzling five-hole spell

Huddersfield's Chris Hanson (Picture: Press Association).
Huddersfield's Chris Hanson (Picture: Press Association).

HUDDERSFIELD'S Chris Hanson has revealed that his pyrotechnics at the end of his second round in the BMW SA Open in Johannesburg left him unaware of his score.

In a scintillating spell of golf at Glendower Golf Club, the Woodsome Hall man played holes 14 to 18 in six under par, with four birdies and an eagle.

The European Tour's Twitter feed acknowledged Chris Hanson's astonishing closing five holes in round two.

The European Tour's Twitter feed acknowledged Chris Hanson's astonishing closing five holes in round two.

"My minus three total (for the first two rounds) was a little unexpected and when I was in the scorer's hut signing my card he said to me '67 Chris?," said Hanson. "I replied that I actually had no idea."

The 30-year-old had stood on the 14th tee on Saturday, as the second round of the event was completed after weather curtailed Friday's play, one shot the wrong side of the projected cut.

He added: "I knew the cut was plus two starting the second round, but after being called off after five holes I felt coming back the next day it may go back to plus one if the weather improved, which it did.

"So my target when I was plus five after 20 holes was plus one."

Unfortunately he was becalmed in the last two rounds, managing just two birdies in 36 holes to finish tied 59th (74 67 76 74), earning €3,100.

But he will take enormous encouragement from the way he dealt with pressure in only his third event as a full member of the European Tour.

"It was so great to get into that position and, of course, I had a disappointing finish in the end," he reflected.

"But I made another cut, put more money on the Order of Merit, and I have something to build on for next week (in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC)."

South Africa's Brandon Stone recovered from surrendering a five-shot lead to win the title.

Stone fired a closing 71 to finish 14 under par, two ahead of compatriot Christian Bezuidenhout, with England's Daniel Brooks a shot behind in third after a bogey on the 18th.

Twenty-two-year-old Stone carded seven birdies, six bogeys and just five pars as he went from five shots ahead to two behind in the space of seven holes, before four birdies in the next five secured his first European Tour title.

After play was disrupted by afternoon thunderstorms for the first three days, Stone completed a third round of 65 on Sunday to take a two-shot lead, which he swiftly extended with birdies on the second and fourth.

However, Stone then carded a hat-trick of bogeys from the fifth - he did well to restrict the damage on the sixth to a single shot after finding water off the tee - before getting away with a wild tee shot on the eighth to birdie the par-5.

Stone, who attended the same American university as world No 1 Jordan Spieth, was lucky to see his approach to the ninth stop on the bank of a water hazard, but after chipping to three feet he missed the par putt before three-putting the 10th.

Brooks had recovered from a bogey on the second to birdie the sixth and eighth and found himself two shots clear when Stone also bogeyed the 11th following another wayward tee shot.

However, the 28-year-old from Basildon promptly three-putted the 10th from long range and, with Stone stopping the rot with a birdie from five feet on the 12th, the pair were tied for the lead.

Bezuidenhout briefly made it a three-way tie with a birdie on the 13th, but playing partner Stone also took advantage of the par-5 to edge back in front.

A two-putt birdie on the 15th momentarily took Stone two clear, only for Bezuidenhout to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the same hole before Brooks holed from close range on the 13th.

Stone extended his lead to two shots with his fourth birdie in five holes on the 16th and crucially holed from six feet on the next for par, where Bezuidenhout three-putted to effectively end his chances.