Nelson Mandela Championship. Dowie Delights South Africa. December 14 2013

Dowie Van Der Walt delights South Africa by winning the Nelson Mandela Championship at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. Dawie Van Der Walt  (Getty Images) Dowie Van Der Walt with the Nelson Mandela Trophy / Getty Images Dowie shot a final round of -4 under par 66, for a tournament total of -15 under par in the Nelson Mandela Championship. The  tournament was shortened to 54 holes mainly due to persistent rain and also the need to complete the tournament before Nelson Mandela's funeral on Sunday. As you can imagine Dowie was over the moon with his tow shot victory; “It’s obviously really special, making you a part of history. Winning The Nelson Mandela at this time, when it’s sad for everyone, everyone is mourning and tomorrow’s the big day, it means a lot and it’s something I can keep close to my heart for ever. I haven’t been in that good form, I’ve been struggling with an injury, so this is almost overwhelming. To win the last event of the year is going to make Christmas a lot more fun. Once I got that birdie on 15, I was pretty comfortable that the tournament was mine to lose. I wasn’t sure what the guys behind me were doing, but I knew that they would have to go for birdies if they were to force a play-off. So I was pretty relaxed coming home, it helped that I had been in that position before.” Tied in second place were Mathew Baldwin and Jorge Campillo, both on -13 under par, two shots adrift of the leader. Romain Wattel was fourth at -12 under par, while Daniel Brooks who held the lead starting the day dropped six shots in his first seven holes which left the title race wide-open and condemned him to tie for 11th place at -8 under par.