Power Horan beats weather to win Gippsland Super 6
While New South Wales and Queensland were battling heat and flames, Tom Power Horan has overcome torrential downpours and flooded greens to come out on top at the inaugural Gippsland Super 6.
Power Horan grinded his way to a rain-shortened 54-hole victory at the Yallourn Golf Club in country Victoria over a determined Brady Watt.
Tom Power Horan (Credit: PGA Australia)
“I’m really relieved [about the 17th hole birdie]. It was a 25-footer and I just hit it and it went in so it was really nice to have a two-shot cushion on the last which proved critical, but it was really great to hole it,” said Power Horan.
“I really didn’t think we were going to get it done today. I didn’t think we were going to play at all but we did and everything was managed really well to finish in the end.”
The 26-year-old didn’t make it easy for himself. After firing a superb four birdies on the front nine, Power Horan started to feel the pressure and dropped two shots at the 11th and 13th holes before getting back on track with two further birdies at the 15th and 17th holes.
By then Power Horan had opened a two shot lead, which with a bogey at the par 4 18th hole, was enough for a one shot win.
Power Horan came into this week ranked 2066th in the world and without a Tour to play but leaves the Yallourn Golf Club in 892nd place and most importantly has secured a Australasian PGA Tour card through to the end of 2020 and entry into the top events this summer including the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championships.
“I was planning on pre-qualifying for the rest of the tournaments this year. I was literally just hoping to finish top-10 so I could get a start at the next event so it’s a bit different now,” he said.
“It’s really good and unexpected. I entered these two tournaments, this and the Vic PGA, trying to see how I’d go and I did not expect this at all so it’s nice.”
New Zealand’s Ryan Chisnall finished in outright third place on 8-under par with James Marchesani taking out 4th place at 7-under.
Queensland’s Taylor Macdonald rounded out the top 5 at 6-under with a stunning final round 7-under 65.
Next on the Australasian PGA Tour calendar is the NSW Open at Twin Creeks in western Sydney, which kicks off on November 28th.