CARLSBAD, Calif. — TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Dawie Van Der Walt, armed with a bag of new equipment including the R1 driver, RBZ Stage 2 metalwoods and RocketBladez Tour irons, earned his first career European Tour win Sunday after a final-round 67 powered him to victory at the inaugural Tshwane Open. Tackling an immensely long layout at Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate – the course played more than 7,700 yards – Van Der Walt (-21) missed only two fairways and one green (17/18 GIR) during his final-round charge, a testament to his confidence and precision with the R1 driver and RocketBladez Tour irons.
A 30-year-old journeyman from South Africa, Van Der Walt entered the week No. 436 in the Official World Golf Rankings; perhaps his most significant gain is that Sunday’s victory has secured him a two-year exemption on the European Tour. Coming off a year in 2012 in which he played primarily on the Web.Com Tour, Van Der Walt most notably earned a third-place finish at the Joburg Open (European Tour) and fell just short as a runner-up at the Cox Classic (Web.Com), where he recorded an incredible final round of 60.
Van Der Walt’s two-shot victory can be largely attributed to his red-hot outward nine during Sunday’s final round, as he eagled the behemoth par-5 fourth hole (685 yards) and followed with birdies at No. 6 and 7, turning in a bogey-free 32. The win marks the first European Tour victory for TaylorMade’s new Lethal golf ball.
TaylorMade was the No. 1 driver and fairway wood brand in play at the inaugural Tshwane Open, including 37 R1 drivers. Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour, TaylorMade Tour Staff professionals Justin Rose, David Lynn and Lucas Glover finished tied 4th at The Honda Classic after posting a three-under total of 277.
In Van Der Walt’s Winning Bag:
R1 Driver (Oban Kiyoshi 75 X)
RBZ Stage 2 Tour 14.5° fairway (Oban Kiyoshi 85 X)
RBZ Stage 2 Tour 18.5° Rescue (Oban Kiyoshi 100 S)
RocketBladez Tour irons (3-PW)
Lethal Golf ball