Henning beats Clarke in play-off

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Ulsterman Darren Clarke had to be content with second place after South African Nic Henning held off his challenge to win the Vodacom Players Championships at Royal Cape Golf Club in Cape Town today.

Ulsterman Darren Clarke had to be content with second place after South African Nic Henning held off his challenge to win the Vodacom Players Championships at Royal Cape Golf Club in Cape Town today.

The 30-year-old Johannesburg-born Henning, who led for most of the competition, ended tied with Clarke on 12 under par.

He finally won after sinking a putt of just over a metre on the second play-off hole at the 18th.

"After losing my European Tour Card, this is something special and fantastic," said Henning, after his first win as a professional.

Henning, whose father and three uncles were professional golfers, had been struggling with back problems for years, but after major surgery appeared to be swinging as well as ever.

Scottish-born Alan McLean finished third on 11 under.

Tournament favourite Ernie Els finished in fourth place with Jonathon Hobday, David Frost and Tony Johnstone on 10 under par.

Fourth round scores and totals in the Vodacom Players Championships, Royal Cape Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa (SA unless stated):

276 N Henning 67 67 72 70, D Clarke (NIrl) 70 68 70 68 (Henning wins after 2 hole play-off)277 A McLean (Sco) 72 66 70 69278 T Johnstone (Zim) 68 71 71 68, J Hobday 68 71 70 69, D Frost 67 72 69 70, E Els 68 69 70 71280 R Goosen 67 71 71 71281 D van Staden 68 67 75 71, R Sailer (Aut) 68 69 73 71, H Otto 65 70 74 72, T Dodds (Nam) 70 67 71 73282 D Pappas 70 74 71 67, A McLardy 69 70 75 68, W Druian 70 71 73 68, T Immelman 75 65 73 69, T Clark 69 70 72 71, J Hugo 68 71 71 72283 I Hutchings 74 68 74 67, T Moore 72 71 73 67, C Swart 69 71 75 68, M Gortana 71 70 74 68, C Davison 71 68 75 69, D Faught 68 72 73 70, J van de Velde (Fra) 73 67 73 70, J Bele 69 73 71 70, M Green 69 70 71 73, D Crawford (Sco) 68 73 68 74, R Wessels 67 72 68 76

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