Queensland PGA title goes to David Klein in playoff
German-born golfer David Klein has bounced back from a frustrating recent injury layoff in perfect style to claim his first PGA Tour of Australasia win at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship in Toowoomba.
The New Zealand resident was victorious in a one-hole playoff against Queensland’s Tim Hart, who shot a blistering final round of nine-under par 61 around the City Golf Club, after the pair had tied at 15-under 265 at the conclusion of regulation play.
David Klein (Credit: PGA Australia)
In the playoff, Klein was flawless after Hart found trees with his tee shot, setting up a perfect line to the pin to set up a winning birdie putt.
“I’m stoked, it’s good to be playing again,” Klein said. “I had a back injury over Christmas and had to pull out of the Vic Open, Vic PGA and Perth, so it’s been really good to be playing again with my swing feeling 100 per cent.”
“I set myself a goal to go 6-under, two on the front and four on the back. I started with a birdie on one and two and then just played pretty solid.”
A stroke out of the playoff on a congested leaderboard in third place were Christopher Wood (QLD), Darren Beck (NSW) and overnight leader Kristopher Mueck (VIC).
A further shot back at 13-under the card were the experienced duo of Michael Sim (WA) and Steven Jeffress (NSW)
With this win, Klein receives $18,750 and Official World Golf Ranking Points, plus full exemption on to the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further two years.
The PGA Tour of Australasia now breaks for a month before heading north to Papua New Guinea for the South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open from March 21-24.