Through-out the day, it seemed certain that a play-off would decide the winner at the Metropolitan Open. It was the par 3, 153 metre 18th hole that caused all the drama. With a front pin position the hole only yielded three birdies for the day!
By virtue of the shotgun start, and two holes to play, Elton James teed up on the par 3,18th with a one shot lead from Chris Wicks and Deon Germishuys.
Due to the strong westerly wind the hole was playing almost 180m, James put his tee shot out of bounds, and after playing his third from the tee, sank a 30ft putt to drop just only one shot with one hole to play.
Now there were three players tied at 1-under-par.
It was Wicks’s turn on the 18th – he found the green with ease and had what seemed like a certain par. He birdie putt was too strong and missed the return par putt.
James now had his one shot lead back again, and had one hole to play.
Still in contention was Deon Germishuys until his tee shot on the 18th rattled the windows of the halfway house and he had to sign for a triple bogey, 6 which ended his chances of a play-off.
James's tee shot on the 1st (his last hole) found the fairway bunker; he had no shot and had to hack it out and missed his longish par putt.
Returning to the clubhouse thinking that he had now dropped into second spot, he was bemused to find himself in a play-off thanks to the three-putt from Wicks on the 18th.
A par, which couldn't be bought in regulation play, at the ‘infamous’ par 3 18th was in the end enough to ensure a victory for James.