New South Welshman Blake Windred has broken through for his maiden professional victory at the Victorian PGA Championship at Moonah Links.
The 24-year-old shot a three-under 69 closing round to finish 12 under and one stroke clear of playing partner Brad Kennedy who posted a 70.
“I’m so pleased with not necessarily how I played, but how I got it done,” said European Challenge Tour player Windred, who collected $24,750.
“It is one goal that I’ve had on my mirror for the last couple of years. I just haven’t been able to tick off the first professional win.
“To be honest, I was thinking about it with three holes to go. I was trying to stay in the moment but it’s very hard not to think about such a big thing.”
Windred began thinking about victory because of a chip-in eagle on the par-4 14th followed by a birdie on the par-5 15th which put him two shots ahead of Kennedy.
Despite a positive attitude, it appeared that Windred might let victory slip away on the closing two holes.
He had to save par twice to win – first with a monster two-putt on the par-3 17th and then with an up-and-down after scrambling from a fairway bunker on the par-5 18th.
“I’ve had a lot of help from my mind coach John Novak over the years. He’s always told me that whenever the ball is in a poor position or in a bad lie that it’s an opportunity to make something great happen,” he said.
Queenslander Cory Crawford and Victorian Cameron John both shot seven-under par rounds of 65 to surge into a share of third place.