Holman wins Aussie PGA & European Tour card

Victorian Nathan Holman has won the Australian PGA Championship in a dramatic finish at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Nathan Holman Kirkwood CupThe Woodlands Golf Club member was flying the flag for the Aussie contingent who headed into the final day as the highest placed Australian and well within reach of engraving his name on the Kirkwood Cup.

"It's huge.  I didn't realise what was on the line really.  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 was going to be this quickly." 

After bogeying his final two holes, Holman ended the day tied for the lead with South African Dylan Frittelli and American Harold Varner III on even par 288.

The trio entered a playoff with only one trip down the 18th required to determine the winner.

It was far from a textbook start to the final round for eventual champion Holman, after a double bogey on the first hole for the second consecutive day. He was quick to steady the ship and grinded away in tough scoring conditions picking up birdies on 9,12 and 15 to find himself leading by two.

Two missed greens on 17 and 18 proved costly as the 24-year-old failed to get up and down on both occasions bringing both Frittelli and Varner III back into the tournament.

However the 24-year-old held his nerve during the playoff to emerge victorious securing his first win as a Professional.

This was the seventh time that the Australian PGA Championship has been decided in a playoff.

The Australian PGA Championship is the first tournament on the European Tour schedule for 2016 and with his win, Holman will receive exemption on the European Tour for the remainder of 2016 season followed by 2017. He also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour of Australasia and an invitation to the 2016 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

"For a young Australian guy to be able to go and play those events, play British Opens, it's stuff you dream of playing golf when you're a kid, to get into those events, just to play them.  It's going to be an amazing feeling and to do it off the back of a victory I think is probably going to be better.  I've deserved it, so I can go there knowing that I've done something really good to be here."

The AU$315,000 prize cheque also sees Holman secure the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in which he will receive an invitation to The Open Championship 14-17 July at Royal Troon in Scotland.

Rounding out the Australian PGA Championship's top-10 were, South African Zander Lombard who finished fourth on 1-over 289 taking out the Kel Nagle Plate for the best performing rookie while Queensland's Cameron Smith secured fifth spot on 2-over 290.

In a tie for sixth Dimitrios Papadatos, Richard Green and Matthew Millar ended their week on 3-over 291. While Adam Stephens, Peter Lonard, Mathew Goggin, Jordan Zunic, Anthony Brown, Nino Bertasio, Matthew Griffin, Rory Bourke and David Lingmerth all ended their week on 4-over 292.