Date: August 26, 2013
Author: Golf Queensland

Cullen strolls to victory at Isuzu Queensland Open

h Australian Nick Cullen has claimed the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

Firing a 6-under 69 in the final round, Golf Australia Rookie Squad member Nick Cullen claimed victory with a tournament total of 9-under 279.

"I felt really good, I had been playing well and my swing feels good. I just hung in there, went through my routine shot by shot and tried to stay in the moment – it worked out well," said Cullen.

Cullen started the day with a one shot lead thanks to his course record round on Saturday.

"It was really important yesterday, I would have been a fair way of the pace if I hadn't shot such a good score."

"To get myself in front and in a good position was vital, it made it a lot easier today."

Opening with a birdie Cullen extended his lead over the field with just two blemishes on his score card.

"I birdied the first two, it was really great to get off to a good start because around a course like Brookwater if you get off to a bad start it's hard to recover."

"The whole time I was weary that Pom was really close, he was only two, three, even one shot behind me for a lot of the day."

"This course can really eat you up every hole so two shots is nothing, honestly until I was 15 feet away on the last I wasn't ready to relax."

The Isuzu Queensland Open is the first victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the 29-year-old South Australian.

"I am feeling great, it's been a long time between wins so to finally have another one feels awesome," said Cullen, who won the 2012 Indonesia Open.

"It makes my season a lot easier, it gives me status next year and it will let me look at playing US qualifying school."

"It just takes the pressure off and it's great to know I can win again."

Unable to catch Cullen was three time European Tour winner Peter O'Malley who finished five shots back at 4-under the card.

"I just made a few too many mistakes on the back nine; I made all my birdies on the front nine this week but it was great to be in contention and back playing golf," said O'Malley.

"Nick played fantastic golf, he went out and just did everything right so full credit to him."

After a 4-under 68 in the final round Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie finished outright third on 2-under 286.

The only other player under par for the Isuzu Queensland Open was New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom who finished outright fourth at 1-under 287.

A further shot back at even par and tied fifth were Victorian Scott Laycock, West Australian Jason Scrivener and New Zealander Ryan Fox.

Finishing the Isuzu Queensland Open as the leading amateur was 15 year old Victorian Ryan Ruffels with a tournament total of 5-over 293.

The PGA Tour of Australasia will now take a three week break before travelling across the Pacific to New Caledonia for the South Pacific Golf Open Championship to be played from 18 – 21 September 2013.