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Hennie Otto

  • Birthplace: Boksburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Boksburg, South Africa
  • Age: 32
  • Turned Pro: 1997
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

Finally made his European Tour breakthrough in May 2008 when, just a matter of weeks after relinquishing a five-shot lead going into the final day of the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal, he survived a late charge from England's Oliver Wilson to win the Methorios Capital Italian Open by one stroke. One of the latest crop of promising young golfers to emerge from South Africa, Otto learnt his trade playing alongside the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Mark McNulty. Could have represented South Africa's Under-23s Rugby Union side as scrum-half, but the final trial for the top team coincided with a golf tournament - he chose golf. Required a Medical Extension at the end of 2002 following a back operation. Secured his playing rights on The 2004 European Tour with the help of a Top-10 finish in the 132nd Open Golf Championship, his first Major Championship, and a tie for fifth in the Troph?e Lanc?me in 2003. Also a multiple winner in South Africa with victories including the prestigious South African Tour Championship in 2003. One of the first South Africans to work with renowned sports psychologist Jos Vanstiphout.

Career Victories

European Tour
1 - 2008 Methorios Capital Italian Open

South African Tour
2008, Joburg Open 151= 148 +6 0.00, International Final Qualifier 3= 134 -8 0.00, Dimension Data Pro-Am 16= 288 Par 22,140.00, The Africa Open 6= 283 -5 33,330.00, Vodacom Championship 33= 287 -1 18,720.00, Vodacom Swing Order of Merit 1 72 Par 100,000.00, Telkom PGA Championship 2 274 -14 287,500.00, Vodacom Origins Bloemfontein 39= 213 -3 3,124.00, Vodacom Origins - Pretoria CC 25= 215 -1 4,884.00

Other
1999, Pieterburg Classic; Vodacom Series; Kwazulu-Natal (SA), European Challenge Tour Phillips Challenge Xacobeo: 2002 LIMPOPO Industrelek Classic (SA); Nashua Masters (SA): 2003, Tour Championship (SA) , 2005 Vodacom Orgins Of Golf Tour At Erinvale, 2007 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour Gauten

Career Summary

1999 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 3; in money - 2; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.90; money - (Euro)36,759 & ?26,256; best finish -5th, Mercedes-Benz Vodacom South African Open

2000 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.90 (ranked 130th); money - (Euro)92,106 & ?54,778 (ranked 135th); best finish -6th Scottish PGA Championship

2001 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.10 (ranked 149th); money - (Euro)91,298 or ?56,765 (ranked 147th); best finish -T5th Mercedes-Benz South African Open.

2002 Challenge Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 4; best finish -T3rd Austrian Golf Open.

2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - (Euro)29,957 (ranked 37th); best finish -T35th The Compass Group English Open.

2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.44 (ranked 75th); money - (Euro)286,523 or ?199,766 (ranked 73rd); best finish -T5th, Trophee Lancome.

2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.68 (ranked 154th); money - (Euro)90,971 or ?72,924 (ranked 145th); best finish - 2nd, Omega Hong Kong Open.

2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.57 (ranked 68th); money - 120,842 or ?96,870 (ranked 136th); best finish - T3rd , Jazztel Open de Espana en Andalucia.

2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.03 (ranked 127th); money - (Euro)61,004 or ?48,902 (ranked 176th); best finish,T27th, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.14 (ranked 32nd); money - (Euro)165,242 or ?132,461 (ranked 141st); best finish - 3rd, Joburg Open.

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