Bransdon breaks through in Western Australian PGA
PERTH, Australia – David Bransdon is the new Western Australian PGA champion after a dramatic Sunday at Bunbury Golf Club.
Bransdon finished with a four-round total of 17-under 281, two ahead of Matt Griffin. Brad Kennedy was a further shot back in third.
Stephen Dartnall and Luke Hickmott tied at 13 under for fourth place. Brody Ninyette was presented with the leading-amateur trophy, finishing T-8 at 6 under.
Playing the 18th, Bransdon drained a birdie for a course record-equaling 64 to claim the lead.
“Standing on 18, I knew if I put it close and made birdie I would be in with a huge chance,’’ Bransdon said. He learned moments later that Griffin three-putted the 17th to give him a two-shot advantage.
Playing in the final group, Griffin couldn’t produce a 2 on the last to force a playoff, giving 37-year-old Bransdon his first win on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
“I knew it would take a low final round to win, but I kept saying to myself I am as good as, if not better, than these guys,” Bransdon said.
“My family and (wife) Mel will be over the moon. She has been on a long journey with me ever since I turned professional – and that was 15 years ago.”
Bransdon started the day three strokes behind overnight leader Hickmott, and two back from Griffin and Kennedy. At one point, the four players were tied for the lead at 14 under.
The win was redemption for Bransdon, who earlier this year co-led into the final round of the Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship, only to be beaten by Alistair Presnell, who shot a final-round 60.
“I used that experience today and picked some good shots,” Bransdon said. “I can now change my status on tour and get into the OneAsia events next year.”
Runner-up Griffin said he will now move his attention to next week’s JBWere Masters at Victoria Golf Club, his home course.
“I played great the back nine and got myself into the front, but (Bransdon) was impressive over the last three holes, and there is not much you can do about that,” Griffin said.
“I hit the ball close all week and gave myself chances but missed a couple of shorter shots today, which probably cost me. Overall, I played well, and you cannot dwell on that.”
The PGA Tour of Australasia heads east for the JBWere Masters that features defending champion Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Camilo Villegas and Australians Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy.
PGA Tour of Australasia contributed to this report.