27 March 2022
Clement Sordet collected a fifth Challenge Tour win of his career with a thrilling play-off success at the SDC Open in South Africa.
The Frenchman shot a final round of 67 to finish level with South African Ruan Conradie on 21 under par at Zebula Golf Estate & Spa.
Clement birdied the first extra hole to defeat home favourite Conradie, who could only make par, and his victory in victory in South Africa sees the 29-year-old climb 19 places to fourth position on the Road to Mallorca Rankings.
He has made a solid start to the year as he looks to strengthen his DP World Tour status, with a top 10, a share of 18 and a share of 31st in his other tournaments so far this year.
“It feels surreal right now to get the win and it will take time to sink in,” he said. “The last few years have been tough on the DP World Tour and it is nice to return to the Challenge Tour and pick up a victory so early on in the season.
“I’ve played amazing all week and it is nice to finish with a birdie in the play-off to get that fifth win on the Challenge Tour.
“The only thing I could control out there was my game. The leaderboard was packed up the top, but I just had to focus on my score because I knew I was playing well. I was focused on creating birdie chances and I managed to do that pretty well today, so I am very happy.
“In the play-off I knew I could hit it further than the other guy so I believed my strength was going for the green in two. I hit a nice three-iron on the green and managed to two-putt for birdie.”