Blyth scores second win of the season
GOLF: Adam Blyth's win in the NSW Open makes him the first player since Adam Scott in 2013 to win twice on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia in a season.
The Yeppoon golfer fired a tournament total 23-under 265 at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club to claim the Kel Nagle Trophy by three shots on Sunday.
The win, which follows his victory in the South Pacific Open in September, has Blyth sitting third on the Order of Merit, $89,109 behind leader Matthew Griffin.
Blyth described it as "a magical week”.
"I enjoyed it. I played probably the best golf of my life,” he said. "To share it with my girlfriend and dad is just super special.”
It was a hard-fought victory for Blyth who, after opening with two birdies, went on to drop six shots on the front nine.
After starting with a four-shot lead, Blyth started the back nine tied with four players. He went on to make five birdies including one at the last to secure the $72,000 pay cheque.
"Take away the front nine today and I played beautifully and putted so well,” said Blyth, who steadied the ship with a birdie on the 10th.
"I was thinking I would probably still be in the lead or at least very close. I was thinking it was lucky that I had that four-shot lead overnight.
"Something clicked on the back nine, I just started thinking about slowing things down, and pegging it back one shot at a time. I was able to just stay in the moment and I played beautiful,” said Blyth who also had a close call at the Oates Vic Open. He led by three into the final round before a 78 saw him plummet to tied 19th.
"I thought it was going to be another Vic Open out there... But I was ahead of myself and I just told myself to relax.”
His relaxation paid dividends. Blyth and his father walked up the 18th with a two-shot lead, the player/caddy duo having dreamed about that moment for the past 12 years.
"Dad and I play nine holes every afternoon. He doesn't play, he caddies for me, so we talk about it, we dream about it,” he said.
"He has put so much time, effort and money into my career to make this a reality.
"That walk up the last was just surreal and something I will never forget.”
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will now head to Royal Sydney for the Emirates Australian Open.
Headlined by World No.5 Jordan Spieth and World No.6 Adam Scott, the tournament tees off tomorrow.