Victorian golfer Nathan Holman will have the chance to realise a childhood dream at the British Open next year after a stunning Australian PGA Championship victory on Sunday.
Holman took home the Kirkwood Cup at the RACV Royal Pines resort on Sunday, edging fellow up-and-comers Harold Varner III from the US and South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli in a nailbiting playoff.
The win handed him full European Tour status for two years courtesy of a new co-sanctioning agreement reached this year.
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But, it wasn’t until the presentations that he realised the trophy came with added bonuses.
The $331,578.95 in prizemoney he pockets means he will win the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, which gets him starts in the British Open and the World Golf Championships.
“It’s huge. I didn’t realise what was on the line, really,” said Holman, who began the day two strokes off the pace. “It’s probably a good thing, to be honest. I did think I’d get to those events in the future. I didn’t think it would be this quickly.”
He continued: “To do it off the back of a victory is probably going to be better – I’ve deserved it. It’s stuff you dream of playing golf as a kid.”
It was a difficult weekend for all of those on the course, with tricky winds and rain, coupled with a difficult remodeled back nine, meaning nobody finished under par for the tournament.
Top-ranked American Brandt Snedeker, missed the cut, finishing a whopping 15 over par for the tournament after two days.
Queensland young gun Cameron Smith (73) made a strong push and at one stage shared the lead with Varner, but came undone with three bogeys on his inward nine.