Originally created 01/14/02

Clark wins South African Open



DURBAN, South Africa -- Tim Clark of South Africa shot a 7-under-par 65 Sunday and held off Steve Webster of England to win the South African Open by two strokes.

Clark, the third-round leader, finished at 269 for his first victory in his home country. He is the first qualifier to win this event.

"It was almost too much pressure with parents and all my friends watching me out there," he said.

Webster closed with a 64 for 271 in the $786,000 tournament. Sharing third at 275 were England's Jonathan Lomas (69) and South Africa's James Kingston (68). Retief Goosen, South Africa's 2001 U.S. Open champion, shot a 70 for a 276.

Clark showed signs of buckling when he three-putted the 11th, but he got back on track with a run of birdies.

"Even those birdies weren't enough to make me feel comfortable," he said.

Also at 276 were David Park of Wales, who closed with a 64, and Alistair Forsyth of Scotland and Simon Dyson of England. Ernie Els of South Africa shot a 69 and finished 10 shots off the pace.

The tournament is sponsored by Bells.