New South Welshman Lincoln Tighe has won the Nanshan NSW PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.
Starting the day five shots off the lead, Tighe fired an impressive 7-under 64 for a tournament total of 19-under 265 to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Tighe hovered around the lead all day until a birdie on the 17th saw him sit atop the leaderboard with one hole to play.
“I got pretty hot early; I was about 4-under through six. The putter was really good, I had five putts in the first six holes,” said Tighe.
“I was hitting it unreal, stumping everything to inside 10 feet, I let a few slide, but it was good to knock that one in on 17 that was a real turning point.”
A nervous wait ensued as Tighe watched Scott Arnold miss a two metre birdie putt which would have seen the pair in a playoff.
A much relived Tighe was proud to have won on his home soil.
“I was big time nervous; it’s the first time I have been in this situation. I was sweating out there on the range, I had to put some music on to calm me down,” said Tighe.
“We were talking in the first round about how it’s nice to play well on home soil.”
“I am a very proud New South Wales boy and it’s good to win the NSW PGA.”
With this win Tighe earns AUS$16,500, Official World Rankings Points and most importantly his PGA Tour of Australasia card until 2016.
“This is huge for me, I was actually going back to first stage Tour School,” said Tighe.
“I didn’t want to go back for the fourth year in a row, its heart attack central out there.”
“It’s just good that I can have a Christmas at home and not have any worries the next two years.”
Scott Arnold finished outright second on 18-under the card with Kristopher Mueck and leading amateur Troy Moses four shots back tied third.
Rounding out the top-5 on 13-under 271 were Clint Rice and Grant Thomas.