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Holman wins Australian PGA in play-off

AFP logoAFP 06-12-2015
(File picture) This handout photo taken and released by Asian Tour on December 6, 2014 shows Nathan Holman of Australia hitting a shot during the third round at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open 2014 at the the Damai Indah Golf course in Jakarta. The 750,000 USD Asian Tour event will be held from December 4 to December 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Khalid Redza /ASIAN TOUR -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Khalid Redza / ASIAN TOUR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS © Provided by AFP (File picture) This handout photo taken and released by Asian Tour on December 6, 2014 shows Nathan Holman of Australia hitting a shot during the third round at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open 2014 at the the Damai Indah Golf course in Jakarta. The 750,000 USD Asian Tour event will be held from December 4 to December 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Khalid Redza /ASIAN TOUR -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Khalid Redza / ASIAN TOUR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Australian Nathan Holman won the European Tour co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship in a three-way playoff at Royal Pines on Sunday.

Holman won on the first play-off hole with a par from American Harold Varner III and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli.

Holman worked his way into contention for the play-off with a final round one-over 73 in tough playing conditions.

It was the second consecutive year the Gold Coast tournament was decided beyond the regulation 72 holes, but unlike last year's marathon seven-hole playoff between Australians Greg Chalmers, Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby, only one hole was needed.

Holman, 24, held his nerve to make par on the 18th hole -- one of the toughest in the new-look back nine at Royal Pines -- while Varner and Frittelli both made bogeys.

The last international player to win the event was New Zealand's Greg Turner in 1989.

For his victory Holman will receive a full European Tour card for the next two years following a new co-sanctioning agreement with the Australian PGA.

Holman, Varner and Frittelli all finished on even par 288 for the tournament, a reflection of the windy conditions and the uncompromising nature of the remodelled back nine.

Varner only narrowly missed a nine-foot putt at the last, which would have seen him claim outright victory.

Holman looked poised to win it much earlier until nerves set in and he gave up back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes -- the only blemishes on his card aside from a double-bogey on the first.

Zander Lombard, the 20-year-old former South African amateur who was tied for the overnight lead with Varner and Frittelli, finished fourth after a four-over-par 76.

Only six players managed to complete their final rounds below par, with the best score coming from Adam Stephens and South African Colin Nel, who both fired two-under-par 70s.

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