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Brad Shilton

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New Zealand’s Brad Shilton is looking for a big season in 2014.
The Waikato pro, who is based in Auckland, enjoyed his finest win two years ago when he claimed the 2012 South Pacific Golf Open Championship by one stroke in New Caledonia.

Shilton had an even par final round, for a tournament total of 13-under par 271, to secure Shilton his breakthrough win on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

“I’m stoked, it’s been a pretty long time coming so to finally get it done is awesome,” said the 33-year-old Shilton.

“I still felt like I was playing ok, I tried to stay controlled and the whole day just really kept my head on.”

“To finish pretty strong at the end making a few birdies coming in, was awesome.”

It is the biggest win of Shilton’s career and his first title since claiming the Wairakei Open on The Charles Tour in 2009. The former NZ Eisenhower rep earned $23,000 (NZD) for his win in Noumea.

“But then I heard it was for bogey so I would have been one in front there, I realised that if I could make birdie on 17 and have two shots it would be huge,” added Shilton, who made the birdie he was after.

Heading to the 18th green with a two shot lead, Shilton gave the strong crowd in attendance a moment of panic when he three putted the last, yet a bogey was enough to secure the win.

“I had been leaving putts short all week, so the first one wasn’t a surprise, I got a look at the leaderboard before I hit the second putt, saw that I was two in front and probably just didn’t really get focused enough on that one.”
Clearly emotional, the win was a long time coming for Shilton who has been playing the PGA Tour of Australasia for seven years.

“Not having played a lot this year I didn’t know where I was going to be standing for the next few events.

“I didn’t really know if I was going to be playing well or not so it’s good to come out and do this.

“It gives me a good start for the order of merit as well, so if I keep playing like this I’ll be alright for next year as well, so it’s all good.”
 
Brad is completing his Bridging Program with the NZ PGA and plays on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
 
Professional WIns:
2012 South Pacific Golf Open Championship
Charles Tour
2009 Wairakei Open

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