Picture perfect conditions greeted the field on the sand greens at the Port Hedland Golf Club for the final round of the 2017 Classic.
Victorian Kris Mueck held the overnight lead by four moving into today’s play but there were plenty biting at his heels through nine holes wanting their name etched on the trophy.
Last year’s champion Peter Cooke was the one to watch turning 4-under through nine to be three back from Mueck’s total yesterday, eventually signing for 65 and low round of the day.
WA’s Jason Chellew was the clubhouse leader after signing for consecutive 67’s for a 10-under par total which was looking like the number with Mueck struggling on course.
Hard luck story of the day came from Englishmen David Andrews who stood on the 18th hole with what turned out to be a one shot lead and unfortunately found the wrong side of the black and white pegs to have to reload again off the tee and record double bogey.
He went on to tie Cooke at 9-under par, still shooting a 3-under 69 on the day after the double bogey on 18.
At the end of day’s play the overnight leader Mueck who had rallied with a late couple of birdies to hold strong shooting a 2-under 70 and a 11-under par total of 133 to take the title.
“I love coming back here and it’s awesome to finally have W on the board. This is one of our favourite stops on the Pro-Am swing, the course, the club and it’s members really turn it on for the week, the hospitality is second to none. I can’t wait to come back next year and hopefully make it two in a row,” commented Mueck.
Mueck collected $5,563 for his win and now hopes to take this form to Broome and lock down the WA/SA Order of Merit with one event left on the swing.
Players will play WS6 Broome with sponsors on Tuesday followed by the Broome Open starting Friday.
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