WEST Australian Jarryd Felton has won his first professional title in just his fifth start with a two stroke victory at the NSW PGA Championship.
The 20 year old fired a final round 4-under 68 to claim the event with a 13-under 275 total at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in north west Sydney.
The win was even more commendable considering Felton had to pre-qualify for the tournament but has now set up his career at home with exemption onto the PGA Tour of Australasia for the next two years.
“I’m over the moon, walking down the last I didn’t really know what the situation was but I saw the leaderboard and it was quite overwhelming,” Felton said of realising on the 18th he had won by 2 over an impressive group who finished joint runners-up on 11-under.
The runners-up included new US PGA Tour player Rhein Gibson, PGA Tour of Australasia player of the Year Matthew Millar, James Nitties, Anthony Summers and Geoff Drakeford.
“I was really impressed with myself; I stuck to what was best for me,” Felton said. “I started with a birdie and normally I kind of get a little ahead of myself and think hear I go, I can win this tournament. But it was definitely too early to think that and I just kept going along making some birdies and some nice par saves. The birdie on 17 made me feel really good, then walking down 18 was great.”
“The highlight was the 20 footer that I holed on 17 for birdie. I knew I had to coast it down to make par to keep in it, not realising what was going on, to hole it was a bonus.”
“It takes a lot of pressure off, a trip to Q-School was on the cards obviously so it’s taken that extra pressure off, I can plan out my year now so we will go from there.”
The championship was the final event on the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and a number of players had a lot on the line.
For the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and the final leaderboard see the links below.NSW PGA Final Scores 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit