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Bogeys doom Wilson as Kingston takes South African Open

12/16/2007 - Golf

PAARL, South Africa -- James Kingston shot a 1-under 71
Sunday to beat Oliver Wilson by one stroke at the South African
Open.

Kingston finished the final round as darkness set in after an
earlier rain delay at the Pearl Valley Golf Estates course. The
South African finished at 4-under 284 overall.

"You dream about this, but I never thought it would ever
happen," Kingston said. "When I saw it was raining I was nervous.
The delays just put everything on hold, and it just made the day
tougher."

Wilson started the day with a one-stroke lead, but the
Englishman bogeyed three holes on the front nine. He had two
birdies on the back to finish with a 73.

Kingston had three birdies on the front nine, but added a bogey
and a double-bogey. His birdie on the 11th made the difference.

"I've come close in this championship before and somehow I
always thought that this would be it but then I lost," Kingston
said. "Today was the same situation, but it turned out differently
and I'm really grateful."

Greg Norman shot a 71 and finished in a tie for seventh, and
ahead of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Angel Cabrera. Els had a 69
to rebound from his second 77 and finish in a tie for 16th with
Goosen, who shot a 75.

Darren Clarke (68) tied for third with Kyron Sullivan (71),
Louis Oosthuizen (71) and Garth Mulroy (73).

Kingston's victory also secured him the Sunshine Tour's Order of
Merit title. Finishing first on the money list earns him a place at
next year's British Open and other tournaments.