James Nitties has won the Victorian PGA Championship by one shot from Peter O’Malley in what Nitties described as ‘epic’ golf at the Sandhurst Golf Club in Melbourne.
Nitties and O’Malley played in the final group and only a shot separated the two for most of the day. O’Malley needed a birdie on the final hole to tie for the lead and force a sudden-death playoff but only managed a par.
Nitties lost his PGA Tour card last year and now heads back to the US to try and force his way into a few tournaments via Monday qualifying rounds.
“Obviously it wasn’t the year I wanted last year, but I know its in me,” he said. “A lot of people came up to me at the end of last year and told me ‘bad luck’ and that’s not it at all. It was all me and I just didn’t get it done. So to produce here is such a good feeling.”
“I need to prove myself to myself so this is just one step in getting closer to that.”
It was surprising James Nitties didn’t hold his card last year. He is a golfer who can shot very low scores once he is in the zone and an inspiration to golfers who slice across the country. He is also an inspiration to all ‘players’.
Questioned on radio recently whether he had a girlfriend he responded “I don’t know the meaning of the word”.