Bransdon claims Isuzu QLD Open in playoff
David Bransdon has won the Isuzu Queensland Open in an exciting finale to the championship, with a birdie on the 3rd extra hole against New South Welshman Rohan Blizard.
At the end of regulation play, Bransdon and Blizard were tied at 12-under 276, a new scoring record for the three years the event has been held at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
David Bransdon (Credit: Paul Lakatos)
The pair locked horns on the 18th hole repeatedly in the playoff with Bransdon emerging victorious at his third attempt, curling in a six-metre putt for the winning birdie.
“Pretty excited, I am shaking like a leaf, it’s unbelievable. It’s been a couple of years since my last win but I am pretty proud of the way I played today and the way I hung in there.” said Bransdon, who now resides in Victoria.
“We weren’t exactly stumping it in really close. Rohan hit the closest shot in the last playoff hole and unfortunately missed it but I guess that’s basically how playoffs work really. We were hitting nice drives every time so it was pretty much going to come down to a putt, that’s what I thought anyway.”
New Zealander Mark Brown finished in outright third place at 8-under par, a score that would have won both of the previous Opens held at Brookwater.
Queenslander Jake McLeod finished the leading amateur on 7-under 281 in a tied for 4th with Aaron Townsend and Adam Blyth.
Runner-up Blizard thrilled spectators with rare back-to-back eagles on the par-five 8th and par-four 9th holes, as he completed three consecutive rounds of five-under 67 after an opening 75.
“Obviously disappointed because I thought, I kind of had a feeling that I was going to win today, just after having 5-under the last two days and then when I made two eagles it’s going to be my day today,” he said.
“Disappointed but ah, playing the 18th is a tough hole to birdie, so Dave making birdie is a great score on that hole and unluckily I just missed my putt. I hit it right where I was aiming it just broke more than I thought, that’s just the way it goes.”
For his latest PGA Tour of Australasia victory, Bransdon walked away with a cheque for $16,500, official world golf ranking points and playing status on the PGA Tour of Australasia through the end of 2017.
The PGA Tour of Australasia will break for a month before resuming in New Caledonia for the South Pacific Open Championship, from 30 September – 3 October.