Michael Hendry has finished agonisingly close to capturing the Australian PGA Championship, finishing runner-up to world number 18 and local hero, Adam Scott.

Hendry fired rounds of 70, 68, 70, and 69 to fall two-shots short of his fourth Australasian Tour title at RACV Royal Pines Resort after going head-to-head with the sweet-swinging Scott for much of the last round.

Scott started the day with the lead but was caught by Hendry after just nine holes of the final round. The Australian made the turn in one-under par with Hendry making up the two-shot difference starting the day with a three-under opening nine.

Hendry then hit the front with a birdie at the 10th. He’d pick up a further shot at the 16th but faltered late in the round with bogeys at 17 and 18 to help Scott pick up his second Australian PGA Championship.

Other notable Kiwi performances came from the in-form Denzel Ieremia who adds another impressive result to his growing resume in his fist year as a professional. He finished in a tie for tenth at seven-under; his fourth top 10 finish in a row.

Josh Geary and Ryan Fox finished a further four shots back at three-under and in a tie for 27th place. Daniel Hillier and Harry Bateman were two shots further back at one-under par and in a tie for 36th.

Other Kiwi’s that made the cut were Mark Brown (even), Ryan Chisnall (+1), Nick Voke (+1), Daniel Pearce (+2), James Anstiss (+5), and Fraser MacLachlan (+16).



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