Guyatt wins PGA on the final hole

Japan Tour professional Matthew Guyatt set a scorching pace and then endured a nervous wait before claiming the NSW PGA title at Wollongong Golf Club yesterday.Surging from four shots back at the start of the day, Guyatt nailed two eagles, five birdies and a bogey to finish eight-under and 13-under for the tournament.Kurt Barnes, Andre Stolz and Peter O'Malley all fell short in their pursuit of Guyatt before former US PGA Tour cardholder James McLean was left with a tricky 8m putt to force a play-off.After a birdie at the 17th put him level with Guyatt, McLean put his approach over the back of the final green and had little room for error, with the pin on a narrow, top tier on the green.His ball dropped away on the lower section of the green and his uphill putt then dropped underneath the hole, sealing Guyatt's triumph.Metres away, Guyatt beamed among the spectators as the joy of victory started to sink in."I had been out to hit some balls, just to get away from it, because it looked for all intents and purposes that it was going to be a play-off," Guyatt said, the NSW PGA trophy by his side."Particularly when James [McLean] made birdie on 17, but mind you, I'd made bogey on the last, so I knew it wasn't playing easy."You don't think anyone is going to bogey a par five, but we both did, thankfully, in the end," Guyatt said.McLean remained upbeat after dropping the shot on the last hole and still hopes to play in this week's Australian Open, entering through the pre-qualifying tournament today."I got stuck in between yardage [with his approach] and tried to hit a little cute one," McLean said. "I pulled it a little bit and from there I was dead, basically."I tried to keep my chip on the top tier and I made a good stroke at the putt, but it wasn't to be."Guyatt revealed he had believed he was a chance when he walked down the ninth fairway and saw he was within three shots."I looked across at the leaderboard behind the fifth green and I saw my name on there," he said."I also saw the leaders hadn't really moved far. A couple of guys had gotten to 11-under."I thought if I can get [a birdie] here and turn four under, I'm at nine and only two back."It was a pretty tough stretch of holes along the beach, but I hung in there and picked up a couple late."One thing I've been working on the last few weeks is patience."I just knew I needed to stay patient and I did that really well. It's paid off."

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