Big-hitting Tighe wins Morobe Open
Lincoln Tighe has claimed the biggest win of his professional career winning the 2013 Coca Cola Morobe Open at Lae Golf Club, in Papua New Guinea.
Tighe, who started the final round two shots behind defending champion Josh Younger, closed with a 5-under par 66 to finish on 15-under after opening rounds of 68-69-66, a shot clear of Younger.
Lincoln Tighe (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Kurt Carlson finished a further shot behind in third, while Luke Paroz finished in outright fourth on 10-under.
Playing in his rookie professional year, Tighe’s victory on the Queensland Sunshine Tour secured him $17,980 and gives the 23-year-old the added confidence to move forward in the professional ranks.
“It is a big win for me,” said Tighe who played a number of years for Moore Park in the Sydney Major Pennant series after learning the game in the Wollongong region.
“I need to thank my family and friends, and especially my coach Warwick Dews, as this win would certainly not have been achievable without their continued support.”
The final day was to prove challenging and closing in your first professional win is never easy. Tighe was able to battle the nerves and finish strongly on the back nine on Sunday to secure the win.
“It was tough going out there today, especially with the pressure being put on me by both Kurt and Josh over the closing holes,” said Tighe.
“Thankfully, I was able to keep them at bay and walk away with my first win as a professional.”
Tighe, like many emerging professional, is aiming to broaden his game in the US.
“I would like to go over and experience the US scene,” says Tighe who won the NSW Amateur Stroke title in 2009 and the Sydney City Amateur in 2010.
“There are some great mini-tours to get your footing, especially some of the Hooters Tour events. Hopefully, you can make a bit of money. From what I’ve been told it should suit my game, hitting it high and long, target golf and all that sort of stuff.”
Tighe is a massive ball striker and bombs his drives ridiculous distances.
Having just switched a few weeks ago to a Ping G25 driver, the feedback from the tour fitters was that he was the second longest hitter they had ever tested.
“Yeh, I have always been fairly strong off the tee,” says Tighe.
“Now I am getting more consistent with my irons and working on my short game. The work paid off for this win as I was able to keep the score going to snatch the victory.”