Matthew Millar has fired a final round of 4-under 68 to claim victory at the 2019 Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am.
Having placed runner-up on three previous occasions at Rockhampton Golf Club, Millar played the consistent golf he is known for over four rounds to hold off a fast finishing Andrew Martin.
Millar joined the leading group at the halfway mark of the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am recording rounds of 66, 68, 66 and 68 for a tournament total of 20-under 268 to finish one shot clear of the field.
On a perfect afternoon for scoring, spectators were treated to an exciting final round and a master class in shot making from the lead group of Matthew Millar and Andrew Martin.
Millar held a two-shot lead starting the final round. Playing the more challenging front-9 at the Rockhampton Golf Club he got off to a steady start, level-pegging with fellow professional Andrew Martin, both players making the turn at 2-under 34.
Millar extended his lead out to three shots courtesy of a birdie on the 10th hole where he hit it in close and made the putt.
Martin then applied the pressure with a birdie on the 12th hole, edging within one shot of Millar before stumbling at the 13th hole and recording a bogey five.
The pair made birdies on the 14th hole then Millar hit it into 4 feet on the 17th, making the birdie and snatching a two-shot lead heading down the final hole.
“I played steady golf and just tried to roll with things this week,” said Millar.
“I really like the layout here in Rockhampton, it suits my game and I like that you have to shape the ball around this course and think about where to position yourself.
“I could feel Andrew was making a good run out there for the lead and I figured I needed a two-shot lead standing on the 18th tee because I knew he was a chance of getting close to the par-5, 18th hole in two shots to set up a birdie opportunity for himself.
“It is a great feeling winning the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am here today as I love playing this tournament, the club and sponsors do an amazing job and make us feel so welcome.”
Finishing in second position was Bendigo’s Andrew Martin who recorded a solid performance, firing a final round score of 5-under 67 and a tournament total of 19-under 269.
“I really enjoy the course here in Rockhampton and although it has been three years since I played the event the course is by far the best I have ever seen it,” said Martin.
“I gave myself plenty of opportunities this week and I’m thrilled with the way I played, I thought that 20-under par would be what would be needed to win here.”
The next best placed professional was Tim Hart finishing a further six shots back on 13-under 275.
The next stop on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series schedule is the Emu Park Golf Club Pro-Am where play gets underway at 10.30am on Tuesday 25 June 2019.
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