Victorian Zach Murray has blitzed the field to win the Blitz Golf event played at Glenelg Golf Club today.
It continues a successful few months for the young Victorian who turned professional after winning the WA Open on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and earning his Asian Tour card via Qualifying School.
“It’s really nice to get the win today and I think I won overall after the two Blitz events as well so that is a massive bonus,” said Murray who also made the final four at Curlewis Golf Club on Friday which was won by Matt Millar, who bowed out in the first round at Glenelg today.
Murray enjoyed the Blitz Golf format; touted as golf’s version of T20 cricket, it sees 40 players start the day, separated into two groups of 20 and playing just 9 holes in the first blitz.
The top-12 players from each group then advanced to a six hole blitz before the field was reduced again.
Just the top-6 players from each group advanced to the three hole blitz before the final blitz, consisting of Murray, and West Australians Michael Sim, Jarryd Felton and Braden Becker, played the 18th hole sudden death until one emerged victorious.
“I love the Blitz format. But it’s pretty nerve wracking; I had a few butterflies rolling around that six hole stretch, I had to birdie one of my last couple to get through. I made a good up and down in the three hole stretch as well,” added Murray.
“I know everything counts in a normal 72 hole tournament but it feels like it counts more when you only have three holes to produce something special.
“Every shot you have to weigh up your options, whether you’re aggressive or whether you play conservatively to keep yourself in it.”
With the pressure on in the final, Murray produced a birdied to claim his second win on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series.
“On the playoff hole I just thought I would have a crack and it obviously paid off,” added Murray.
“Felts (Jarryd Felton), Simmy (Michael Sim) and Braden (Becker), they are three great players and I thought I would have to make a birdie to win, so that is why I hit driver and it worked out pretty well.”
2019 looms large for Murray, who will now focus his attention on the Asian Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“I just got my card in Asia so I will play all the Aussie tournaments and a little bit in Asia,” added Murray.
“But I might put the sticks away for a bit, I haven’t really had a break over Christmas or anything so the body is feeling a little tired. But it should be a good year, I am pretty excited.”
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