BREAKTHROUGH: 2018 AVJennings NSW Open Champion Jake McLeod
Queenslander Jake McLeod broke through for his first professional victory and won the 2018 AVJennings NSW Open.
Starting with the day ahead of four shots, a nervous McLeod watched, disappearing from the front-9 before an eagle on par-5 11de ensured victory.
On the way to the 18th tee with a lead of two shots, McLeod played safe and took a two-putt par & # 39; to win the title with rounds of 67, 68, 62 and 71 for a tournament total 20-under 268.
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& # 39; It was heavy today there. I started pretty average, but hung a bit on those par-5's on the front-9 and that eagle on the 11th hole was huge ", according to McLeod.
"I had a perfect yardage for my 3-wood and hit a great photo up to about 12 feet and put the pit through the hill, I was pretty excited, but I think the pit was just as good at 13. "
While the winning margin seemed comfortable in the end, McLeod had to stop the Victorian Cameron John who had taken the title before he finished back-to-back bogeys in second place.
"I heard in the last few holes that he (John) got the 20-under and I got a bit nervous then, I thought he should have played very well because it was not easy today", McLeod added.
"I was absolutely nervous, but a lot less than I thought I would be, that shot in the last one was pretty scary over the water, but I got away with it.
"I was just happy to get it done in the end."
Speechless after his round, McLeod walks away with the winner's $ 72,000 check, Official World Golf Rankings and full status at the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australia until the end of the 2020 season.
But more importantly, McLeod now has the belief in his ability to close tournaments after he has been around in the past
"I'm pretty stoked, I do not have words at the moment, but it feels pretty good, hopefully I can win a few more," McLeod added.
"I just think that if I'm in the fight more often, I'll be able to come back to this situation knowing that I've done it before and hopefully will be able to do it again, hopefully that will be the coming weeks. in an Aussie Open or PGA.
"It's exhausting, I'm looking forward to the Aussie Open next week, then a week off for the PGA, and I played pretty well both last year and last year."
Victorian rookie professional Cameron John ended his tournament as the second place at 18-under the card after a brave final round where he fired 5-under 67.
New South Welshman Blake Windred demanded low amateur honor after finishing third next to Dylan Perry and Josh Younger at 15-under the card.
A shot further back in a draw for the 6th is David McKenzie (VIC), Jordan Mullaney (NSW) and Douglas Klein (QLD) who has played his way to the Emirates Australian Open.
He also wins a spot in his national open thanks to the ninth place this week, Queenslander Blake Proverbs, who finishes the top-10 at 13-under the card alongside Dimi Papadatos (NSW) and Harrison Endycott (NSW).
After his win today, Jake McLeod has moved to fourth place on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour or Australasia Order of Merit.
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