Date: February 17, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Thrilling win for Kennedy in Qld

Australian Brad Kennedy has stormed past overnight leader Michael Hendry to claim the Queensland PGA Championship by two strokes in a thrilling finish on Sunday afternoon. Trailing Hendry by a stroke heading into the final day, Kennedy&aposs chances of winning the tournament took a major hit as he bogeyed the sixth hole at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba as Hendry posted a birdie on the same hole to extend his lead out to three shots. But Kennedy, the winner of the New Zealand Open in late 2011, stepped up his game and responded with birdies in five of his next eight holes to take the lead. In a tight tussle on the back nine, New Zealander Hendry levelled with Kennedy at 17 under when he birdied the 17th hole and Kennedy could only manage par. But Hendry couldn&apost take that momentum into the last hole and he bogeyed the 18th while Kennedy posted a birdie to claim victory. In a big performance on the final day, Kennedy signed off on a five-under 63 score that took him to 18 under for the tournament as Hendry posted a solid two-under 66. Anthony Summers finished in third on 14 under after posting a three-under 65 on the final day, while amateur Cameron Smith (65) was a further stroke behind. A four-strong group finished in a tie for fifth at 12 under, with Ryan McCarthy (64) enjoying the best score of the day amongst that pack. Rohan Blizzard was also among that group but saw his chances of winning the tournament evaporate as he only managed an even-par 68 on the last day after being just two strokes behind Hendry overnight.