EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD amateur Oliver Goss has won the 2012 John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship played at Royal Perth Golf Club.
“It was definitely hot out there, I was glad when it was over after 18 holes and five extra playoff holes, I am pretty knackered to be honest,” said a delighted Goss after defeating fellow amateur Brady Watt in a playoff.
“I guess things were just flowing and I definitely putted better today than I have any other day, I think that’s what made the difference.”
Goss and Watt battled all day and produced some outstanding golf to finish at 16-under in regulation.
“Brady is another solid player, it definitely wasn’t easy, but I guess I may have felt the pressure a bit more if I had been playing with Scott Strange or Brett Rumford,” added Goss.
With an eagle opportunity on the 18th to claim the Championship Goss came up short and with Watt making birdie the pair headed to a playoff.
Goss and Watt played the par 5 463metre 18th twice but after the each birdied it, they moved to the par 4 284 metre 8th hole.
“I was just glad to continue on with some of the holes, I was the underdog a couple of times, I was just glad to get to the next hole and start again,” Goss said.
In total it took five playoff holes until Goss finally emerged the victor.
“I thought I have got to win, I have nothing to lose, so I just pulled out driver the last few times and fortunately it worked out.”
Goss becomes the first amateur since Stephen Leaney in 1991 to win the WA Open Championship and the first since Danny Lee in 2009, to win a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament.
“It feels pretty surreal, it hasn’t really sunk in at the moment but I bet it will tomorrow morning,” he said.
Brett Rumford finished as the leading professional with a 14-under after finally finding form on the back nine.
“A good finish, I don’t know where that was all week,” said Rumford. “It was probably the 9iron into 12, it just had a mechanical click, I was searching for it all week and seemed to find it and finished really strong.”
Rumford was impressed by the young amateurs who topped the leaderboard.
“Certainly for these guys they have tremendous talent, I am really looking forward to seeing what these guys can do in the future,” he said.
Rumford’s final round 7-under 65 at what is his home club set a new course record, a score also matched by Daniel Nisbet, who was playing in his first tournament as a professional. Nisbet finished at 12-under tied for 6th.
Defending champion Rohan Blizard and last year’s runner up Ashley Hall finished tied 4th at 13-under with Nisbet, Nick Cullen and Scott Strange (hole-in-one on 13th) a shot further back.
The 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia now takes a two week break before returning to Kingston Heath in Melbourne for the Australian Masters which will feature Ian Poulter (ENG), Graeme McDowell (NIR) and Adam Scott (AUS).