WATCHING Aussie golfers such as Rod Pampling chip away on the international golf tours year after year it’s great to see them finally break through for career affirming wins.
Forty seven year old Pampling has had to struggle through the secondary Web.Com Tour for the past couple of years to regain his US PGA TOUR card and his inspiring win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on the weekend brought a 10 year drought on the main tour to an end.
“It’s extremely rewarding,” said an elated Pampling, who will play the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship in the coming few weeks.
“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event [at Bay Hill in 2006] is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”
The Queenslander was in superb touch in Nevada, opening with a course record tying 11-under 60 in the first round then holing a 32 foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to beat Americans Lucas Glover and Brooks Koepka and win by two-shots.
Pampling became the oldest Australian golfer to win on the TOUR and the oldest player since Davis Love III won his 21st title at the 2015 Wyndham Championship at the age of 51.
Pampling’s last professional win was on the Web.com Tour in 2015 and before that took out the 2008 Australian Masters at Huntingdale.
Whilst Pampling was revelling in the kudos of another TOUR victory the very healthy winner’s check just short of US$1.2 million will also no doubt come in handy.
Some other Aussies also had a good tournament, particularly 2006 US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, who was T4, but also youngster Cameron Smith while Matt Jones, set to defend his Australian Open title next week, was T15.
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