VICTORIA’S David Bransdon says he was “shaking like a leaf” after winning the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open in a three hole playoff with New South Welshman Rohan Blizard.
At the end of regulation play Bransdon and Blizard were all tied at the top of the leaderboard on 12-under 276 which was a new scoring record for the tournament at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
The par-4 18th hole was used in a sudden death format to decide the champion with Bransdon emerging victorious with a birdie on the pair’s third trip down the 396 metre hole.
“Pretty excited, I am shaking like a leaf,” Bransdon said after the win.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s been a couple of years since my last win but I am pretty proud of the way I played today and the way I hung in there.”
He had started the final round with a two shot lead and remained patient opening with 11 straight pars while Blizard was being spectacular, including back-to-back eagles on the par-5 8th and par-4 9th holes.
“I said I was trying to stay patient because that’s what my new mantra, stay patient, because it’s not exactly been my forte, so I said, you’re hitting it great, you’re giving yourself chances you will hole one eventually and that’s what I just kept telling myself,” the Victorian said.
Blizard was disappointed after feeling he had come from behind to put himself in a winning position.
“The 8th hole kind of kicked started my round, hitting a really good 3 wood into a par-5 for two into about 8 feet and holed the putt for eagle so that kind of kick started my round and gave me some confidence. Then on 9 I hit a good tee shot, perfect yardage with a lob wedge and somehow it went into the hole, I hit it straight at the flag, one bounce and it went straight in the hole. That’s something that doesn’t happen very often, two eagles in a row so that got me in a good position heading into the back-9.”
The PGA Tour of Australasia will now head to New Caledonia for the South Pacific Open Championship to be played from 30 September to 3 October.
Queensland Open Final Results