LONG-TIME Melbourne golfer David McKenzie has won his first Australian PGA Tour title with a two stroke victory at the 2013 Victorian PGA Championship.
The 45 year old had a successful career in the US for a number of years but had never won on home soil.
Since turning pro in 1990 McKenzie had two top-10 finishes on the US PGA Tour and 24 top-10 finishes on what is now the Web.com Tour.
His final round 2-under 70 at the Forest Resort Cheswick broke a remarkable home duck.
“It’s been hard work for a while. It’s been a long time coming,” an emotional McKenzie said.
“Words are eluding me now. I actually lost a Victorian PGA by missing a short putt about 20 years ago, so it’s nice to actually win.”
McKenzie finished the 72 hole event on 13 under, with Scott Laycock (68) second on 11-under, midway leader Stephen Dartnall (69) third on 8-underfired and Matt Griffin (72) one stroke further back alone in fourth.
The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads to Heritage Golf and Country Club for the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic to be played this week from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January.