December 14 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Brendon de Jonge took home Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsman of the Year honors in his native Zimbabwe Thursday night.
The 32-year-old native of Harare who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., edged out swimmer Kirsty Coventry and distance runner Cutbert Nyasango, among others, for the awards.
De Jonge enjoyed his best season on the PGA TOUR this year, finishing 41st in the FedExCup standings and earning more than $2 million after four top 10s, including a runner-up at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he also shot his career-best score, a 62 in the opening round.
He also tied for fourth at The McGladrey Classic and the CIMB Classic and climbed to 81st in the Official World Golf Ranking.
De Jonge is the latest golfer from the small African nation to find success on TOUR with Hall-of-Famer Nick Price being its most prominent, along with Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone.