DP World Tour: Matthew Baldwin earns maiden DP World Tour title at SDC Championship | Golf News

England’s Matthew Baldwin began Sunday in a tie for the lead but three birdies in the last four holes of his suspended third round earned him a four-shot advantage going into the final round; he then carded a 68 to close the tournament 18 under, seven clear of Spain’s Adri Arnaus in second

Last Updated: 19/03/23 4:22pm

Englishman Matthew Baldwin celebrates his first DP World Tour title after winning the SDC Championship

England’s Matthew Baldwin celebrated his 200th DP World Tour event by winning a maiden title as he cruised to a seven-shot victory at the SDC Championship in South Africa.

The 37-year-old began the day tied at the top of the leaderboard but made three birdies in the last four holes of his suspended third round early on Sunday morning to take a four-shot advantage into the final 18 holes.

And he kept his foot on the gas in the fourth round, stretching his lead to six strokes at the turn courtesy of three front-nine birdies, before recovering from his first bogey of the day at the 11th with gains on the 13th and 14th to finish the week 18 under par.

Spaniard Adri Arnaus finished alone in second on 11 under after notching seven birdies and two bogeys in his closing 67, while Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson was in a five-way tie for third on 10 under.

Having graduated from the Challenge Tour in 2011, Baldwin has experienced a host of ups and downs on his journey to the winner’s circle. He enjoyed an impressive first three seasons on the DP World Tour before illness forced him to shut down his 2015 campaign in May – and he had two operations over that summer.

He lost his card in 2016 but was back for the 2018 season after coming through qualifying school and would have been back in 2021 via the Challenge Tour but missed out after the categories were frozen due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A 19th-placed finish on last season’s Road to Mallorca now sees him in his seventh full season on the DP World Tour and he can finally call himself a champion.

Reflecting on his journey to this moment at the trophy presentation, Baldwin said: “I’m not 100 per cent sure what’s just happened. It’s been a tough few years, so obviously to get the win means absolutely everything.

“I can’t process it right now but it just means the world to me.

“It’s been windy all week, it’s that sort of golf course. Fortunately for me I’ve grown up playing in Southport at Hesketh and Royal Birkdale, so I’m pretty good in the wind and it’s worked out a treat for me.”

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