New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison has claimed victory at the 2012 Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship after an eventful final round of golf at Forest Resort Creswick,.
Heading into the fourth round with a three shot lead Paddison had a roller-coaster day shooting four birdies, four bogeys and a triple bogey to be three over par for the day posting a tournament total of seven under 277.
“It was a real dog fight in the end to cross the finish line I am just glad that I did it and you know you can put it all down to experience I guess, it was really encouraging sign that I can still finish off a tournament,” Paddison said.
A relieved Paddison walked off the 18th green the victor by a stroke from Victoria’s Leighton Lyle (younger brother of Jarrod).
“Relief would be the only word to describe how I was feeling at the last, just because of how many shots I had dropped and because it really wasn’t a true reflection on how I felt I played, so it was just nice to cross the line.”
“At the end of the day a win is a win, you only need to get there by one shot and so it was very satisfying.”
Second round leader James McLean was the hard luck story of the tournament, being just behind Paddison all day he went on to post a seven on the final hole to finish four under the card and tied seventh.
Finishing tied for third were Marcus Cain, Peter O’Malley, Andre Stolz and David McKenzie on five under the card.
Paddison will travel to Toowoomba next week where he will be defending champion at the 2012 Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.
“It will be nice to defend my title in Toowoomba now that I am also the Vic PGA Champion it will be nice to get up there,” the Kiwi said.