Aaron Townsend has fired a closing 4-under-par round 66, to win the NSW PGA Championship at Wollongong Golf Club. The three stroke win at 21-under-par over Scott Arnold and overnight leader, Michael Wright, was Townsend's second Australian Tour victory, after winning the 2008 New South Wales Open title.
Starting the final round one behind Wright, it was Townsend's putting which enabled the 28-year-old to make a move on the field, sinking a number of critical putts throughout the day.
"It was probably the best that I've ever putted," said Townsend following his win.
"The greens were rolling well, which enabled you to get a good read on the line. The wind was up early during the round, so putting became critical out there."
Townsend is one of the few touring professionals to hold both the NSW Open and NSW PGA titles in the same season.
"That's certainly something special," remarked Townsend.
"To go into the defence of my NSW Open title after this win certainly gives me plenty of confidence. I feel my game is solid and I played well all week here. So I'm looking forward to it."
Brendan Smith was the low amateur finishing in a tie for 5th at 15-under-par, along with Josh Lane and Michael Hendry. Peter Wilson also had his chances at this tournament, however, a double bogey on the last hole of the tournament after over shooting the green slipped him back to 4th place at 16-under.
Townsend over the last two years has focused on playing the Japan Tour and is scheduled to return to final stage of tour school there after the NSW Open.
"Winning events at home certainly shows that you have the game to do well overseas," says Townsend.
"I really enjoyed myself this week at Wollongong, the course was playing well and it was a great tournament.
It was a fitting finish for Townsend as he was able to keep his game going in the difficult morning conditions where others struggled with the wind.
Wright's closing even par 70 certainly did damage to his chances after a peerless 64 yesterday, whilst Scott Arnold confirmed why he's one of our most promising emerging professionals, firing a final round 66 after a 61 yesterday to move up the leaderboard.
Townsend heads to the Hunter Valley this week with the form and game to seriously press the field at the NSW Open. He could not have asked for any better preparation and he'll certainly be a player to follow at The Vintage.
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