KIWI PRO WATCH: GEARY FINISHES RUNNER-UP AT NSW OPEN

17/11/2014

Mount Maunganui professional Josh Geary has come up just short of claiming his second title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

The 30-year-old finished in a share of the lead with Victorian Anthony Brown at the NSW Open and the Australian claimed the title after a two hole playoff at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

 

Starting the day three shots off the lead, Brown went quietly about his business to shoot 3-under 69 and tie New Zealand's Geary at 14-under 274 at the end of regulation play.

After 15 holes Brown had caught overnight co-leaders Geary and James Nitties at 14-under the card however a bogey on the par-3 16th saw him drop out off the pace.

Heading to the 18th hole, now two shots off the lead, Brown made a clutch birdie to be in the clubhouse at 14-under the card.

He watched on as Nitties made bogey on16 and then Geary on 17, he briefly held the outright lead, but a birdie on 18 from Geary saw them headed to a playoff.

The 18th hole was played sudden death with both players making birdie on their first trip down the stretch.

The second time down 18, Brown made birdie to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

"It was a pretty tough week, it was stinking hot Friday then today with this wind I am just relieved to be done," said Brown.

"I came second in the Australian PGA Championship a few years ago, it's about time I stood up and had a win, it feels great."

The final round was played today in 60km wind gusts but Brown's game plan paid dividends.

"I knew if the wind came up it wouldn't take an unbelievable round, it would just take a good solid round," added Brown.

"I just had to keep on plugging, it was so tough, and it was hard to get the ball to hold on the green let alone hit it close. I tried to stay patient and things seemed to flow."

Brown's Mazda NSW Open campaign got off to a good start when he aced the par-3 6th in the first round but it was the finish that was the real highlight.

"It was a great thrill to have two hole-in-ones in three events, it was pretty special," added Brown who also had one at the ISPS HANDA Perth International. A great start to the week but an ever better finish."

Geary finished second while his overnight co-leader James Nitties finished third on 13-under 275.

US Amateur champion Gunn Yang finished fourth on 12-under the card and leading amateur for the week.

Rounding out the top-5 was Rohan Blizard (NSW), Matthew Giles (NSW) and Michael Long (NZ) on 10-under278.

 

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