Drewitt creates history with playoff win in China
Rookie NSW professional Brett Drewitt has captured his first professional victory with a birdie at the second playoff hole to win the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open on the PGA Tour China Series.
Drewitt watched on as playing partner Xin Jun Zhang of China three-putted the 72nd hole to send the pair into overtime along with China’s Hao Tong Li, after the trio finished at 8-under 280.
Brett Drewitt (Credit: Anthony Powter)
After all three players parred the first extra hole, the players returned to the 18th tee where Drewitt was the only player to find the fairway with his tee shot.
Li’s approach shot missed the green, while Zhang hit a remarkable approach from a fairway trap to within ten feet of the hole.
With Drewitt eight feet away, Zhang again missed before Drewitt knocked his putt in for the win.
“I’d seen the putt a few times before, so I had a good idea of what it was going to do,” 23-year-old Drewitt said of his winning putt.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I had a good read on it. I knew I didn’t have to hit it too hard because it was downhill, down grain.
“When I saw that it was a foot out,” he continued, “That’s when I realised it was going to go in. There was no way it was going to miss.”
“To see that and have the realisation I had won and have all the emotions flood out, it was unreal. It was the best feeling I think I could ever have.”
The win was significant as Drewitt became the first Australian and foreign-born winner in the fledgling PGA Tour China Series’ history, as well as the winner of its first playoff.
“It’s a great stepping stone to where I want to be. I want to get to the US. This Tour is 12 tournaments that I can play this year that will get me to where I want to be if I play well enough,” he added.
Tied for 4th two strokes out of the playoff were a quartet of players including Australians Scott Barr and David Lutterus, along with Ze Yu He and Anthony Kang, while Chris Campbell was also inside the top-ten in 8th place.