Bransdon wins 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open in playoff

David Bransdon Qld 2015

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.

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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