Michael Sim won the WA Open after a dramatic day of golf at Cottesloe Golf Club.
Sim has saved a miraculous par in the final hole to score a fourth round of 4-under (68) that earned him a one-shot victory for leader of the night Hayden Hopewell.
Hopewell started the day perfectly with a bird on the opening hole that gave him a three-shot buffer over the chasing package of Sim and Rick Kulacz. A birdie for Sim on the third narrowed the gap and he flew level on top of the leaderboard when Hopewell three-putted and bogey on hole seven.
Hopewell seemed to falter after finding the water from the tee at 8, but a miraculous eagle with his second ball made him run away without damaging his score card.
While the large gallery focused their attention on the last group, fireworks were happening further down the road.
Dale Williamson Eagled the par-4 16th and followed it with a birdie at 17 to go to 12-under and share the second.
Aaron Wilkin of Queensland quietly continued his business and recorded a bogey-free round of 4-under (68) that saw him finish T3.
Colleague Queenslander Michael Wright seemed to make a late attack on the title with consecutive birdies on holes 13 to 15. An Eagle on 16 gave him a short lead but a late bogey saw him finish 12-under for the tournament . end up alongside Williamson and Wilkin in a draw for the third.
Daniel Fox underwent a test day until a birdie on 16 was immediately followed with an Eagle on the par-5 17th. Fox ended in a shared third place alongside Wright, Wilkin and Williamson.
Sim first took the lead at 16 and another birdie at 17 gave him a two-shot buffer on the way to the 72nd hole. Sims last tee-shot of the tournament went far to the left and offered no chance on the 18th green. Hopewell placed his second thirty feet off the flag and offered a glimmer of hope to close the lead with two shots. Hopewell lowered the 30 footer and roared from the crowd, putting Sim under pressure to close his last putt for par and a win.
Speaking after his round Sim congratulated Hopewell: “I was surprised that he sank that 30-foot at the end, there was a lot of pressure and he remained calm. He has an incredibly beautiful future ahead of him. "
"It was great to be part of this year's event with the All Abilities Championship and the first woman to make the cut."
Geoffrey Nicholas claimed the inaugural WA Open All Abilities Championship after rounds of 76 and 79. Hayden Hopewell did not run empty handed, he claimed the Terry Gale Cup as the low amateur at the Nexus Risk WA Open.