The Australian PG Championship finals saw Harold Varner in his first European Tour title win, thereby putting the heartbreak of last season’s play-off behind him, with a closing round of 65.
12 months ago, Varner had entered in the final rounds in a share of the lead. He however, finished level par at the RACV Royal Pines Resort with a closing 75, thus losing out to Nathan Holman on the first play-off hole.
Varner was well prepared this time around as he teed off to shots on the Gold Coast, behind Andrew Dodt, the longtime leader.
The duo finally went toe-to-toe down the stretch in a thrilling battle, which saw Varner with a second 65 of the week, thus pushing him further to win by two shots on 19 under par.
He thus sets a new record, as the first non-Australian to lift the title, since Greg Turner of New Zealand last lifted it in 1999.
“I’m just super excited. After last year, it feels good to come back and finish it off,” said Varner.
“It’s been a blast for me, between the volunteers, the people, I can’t wait to come back.
“Yesterday when I got on the first tee and they said ‘Adam Scott’. Well, actually, they went over all accolades, ‘former number 1, Masters Champion’ I was like, ‘well I’d pull for that guy too”.
Varner had earlier cut the lead to one shot, after putting through a stunning approach which soon saw him with a share of the top spot.
He also put his approach to 15feet on the seventh, and came off with the birdie putt.
At seven under, was Ryan Fox, Challenge tour Graduate, who stayed a shot ahead of Tom Lewis, Stephen Gallacher, RomainLangasque, Prom Meesawat and Scott Hend.