VICTORIAN golfer David Bransdon has won the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic in a playoff at the Heritage Golf and Country Club.
Heading into the final round one shot off the lead, Bransdon looked in control of the tournament throughout the final day before being caught by South Australian Max McCardle and 17-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert.
“I played really good early to set myself up in a good position, I had a nice putt on the first and really good iron shots for the next seven holes,” said the 39 year old Bransdon.
“But I made a bit of a mental error on nine and that sort of brought me back to the boys a bit.”
The trio finished tied on 14-under the card where it took just one playoff hole for a relaxed Bransdon to triumph with a birdie.
“I was actually more relaxed in the playoff than I was in regulation playing the 18th – it was just a bizarre thing.”
“I thought I had put myself in a good position to win so I just went out and hit the shots.”
“I had hit good shots all day so I just trusted what I was doing and pulled it off.”
Bransdon, who lead the Victorian event after the first and second rounds, was delighted with the win.
“I am pretty happy right now, obviously it has been eluded to that it’s been a long career and so it’s nice to win again,” added Bransdon who has competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia since 1995.
“Heading into the last round, I wasn’t confident that I could win because I can’t control what anyone else does, but I was confident in my abilities and that I could stay in contention by playing well.”
“I have been doing that the last couple of days and so it’s just nice to have pulled it off with some self belief.”
It was Bransdon’s third tournament win on his home Tour following his victories in the 1993 Tasmanian Open and 2010 Western Australian PGA Championship.
McCardle who parred the playoff hole and Herbert, who bogeyed, tied for second place with New Zealand’s Michael Hendry a shot out of the playoff on 13-under.
Rounding out the top-5 were New South Welshman Matthew Giles and Victorian amateur Nathan Holman with a score of 10-under 278.2013 Heritage Classsic Final Leaderboard