The Aussie summer of golf is underway after a dramatic finish to the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club today.
David Bransdon has won the ISUZU Queensland Open in dramatic fashion, beating fellow New South Welshman Rohan Blizard on the third playoff hole.
From what we can glean from the press release it sounds like a dramatic day with Blizard rattling off two consecutive eagle on the 8th and 9th holes at Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane to shoot into the lead.
Check out Olivia’s McMillan’s piece on the drama that unfolded next when Blizard called a penalty on himself while clearing some sticks on the 12th hole.
Despite a large number of spectators close by all strongly believing the ball didn’t move, Blizard couldn’t be swayed and showing huge amounts of sportsmanship the tournament leader insisted that he apply a one shot penalty and play from that position for his third.
— Jim Tucker (@HulaBulaJim) August 23, 2015
The self-imposed penalty had huge consequences as Blizard would go on to tie Bransdon 12-under par forcing both players to sudden-death playoff to decide the winner.
From the official Isuzu Queensland Open media release:
The par-4 18th hole was used in a sudden death format to decide the champion with Bransdon emerging victorious with a birdie on the pair’s third trip down the 396 metre hole.
It was a long day for Bransdon who had to remain patient has he made 11 straight pars during regulation play.
While the day held far more highlights for Blizard who recorded back-to-back eagles on the par-5 8th and par-4 9th holes.
For his win Bransdon walks away with a winner’s cheque of $16,500, official world golf ranking points plus full status on the PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2017.
— Isuzu Qld Open (@IsuzuQldOpen) August 23, 2015
David Bransdon’s post-tournament winning interview:
And Rohan Blizard’s chat with the media after the dramatic finale: