Laycock lands stunning KO at Knockout

Low seed Scott Laycock outpaced 31 other players in match play Jan. 23 to win the Surf Coast Knockout.

Low seed Scott Laycock outpaced 31 other players in match play Jan. 23 to win the Surf Coast Knockout.

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.

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