NEW ZEALANDER Gareth Paddison has won the 2014 Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship with a clutch birdie putt on the final hole.
Coming into the final round with a two stroke lead Paddison looked in control throughout the day before an untimely bogey on the 17th had him tied with compatriot Michael Hendry on 15-under the card.
Putting himself in a strong position off the tee, Paddison needed a 3 foot uphill birdie putt on the 18th to claim his second Victorian PGA Championship.
“I was disappointed with my tee shot on the 17th but I couldn’t put the whole tournament down to one shot,” said Paddison who finished with a tournament total of 16-under 272.
“I still had a job to do. Golf is a real mental battle, to birdie the last when you have to, that is what all the practice is about.”
Conditions for the final round at the Heritage Golf and Country Club were challenging.
“The wind was so strong out there all day. It was very tricky. To be able to hold on to my lead and win by one shot was fantastic,” added Paddison who is already looking towards his next victory.
“This is my fifth win on the PGA Tour of Australasia and I feel I am over due to win an event overseas, which is my goal for this year.”
Hendry finished outright second on 15-under 273. A further shot back was Jamie Arnold (NSW) with Kurt Barnes (NSW) and Andrew Martin (VIC) tied fourth on 12-under 276.
The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads to City Golf Club in Toowoomba this week for the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.Victorian PGA Championship Leaderboard