TORQUAY, Australia – Thirty-two players at the inaugural Surf Coast Knockout entered Sunday with a chance to win the new-format Australasia event.
But it was the least among them who finished on top at the Sands Torquay.
Entered as the lowest-seeded player, Scott Laycock defied expectations and first knocked off top-seeded Peter O’Malley.
Laycock, who crept into the final match-play round after surviving a nine-man playoff Saturday, beat five other players and survived four trips to the “knockout hole” before overcoming Andrew Buckle, the second seed, on the sixth and final match-play hole.
“I feel like Keanu Reeves in ‘The Matrix,’ dodging bullets,” Laycock said.
“It’s really cool. I mean, anyone in the final 32 could have won, but I just happened to be the one that pulled it off.”
In a break with tradition for the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Surf Coast Knockout was a hybrid stroke-play/match-play event. The first three rounds were contested under stroke-play conditions, but the final round was decided in 12 six-hole matches played in bracket-style, with tied matches decided by a “knockout” playoff hole.