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Holman holds nerve for win at Capricorn Classic yesterday

Nathan Holman took out the 2014 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic yesterday. Photo Contributed
Nathan Holman took out the 2014 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic yesterday. Photo Contributed Contributed

NATHAN Holman's final-round four-under 68 saw him win the $100,000 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Capricorn Classic.

After starting yesterday's final round one shot behind, Holman knew a good start was what he needed if he was to put pressure on the leader.

But a double bogey on the par three third hole looked to have put his aspirations of winning out of the equation, but Holman showed his fighting spirit and put that mishap behind him.

Holman made the turn in even par to sit three shots behind Clint Rice at 15 under par. Rice got off to a flying start, turning at five under par.

However, Holman made birdies at 12, 15 and 17 and when Rice failed to make birdie at the last, joining Andrew Dodt with the clubhouse lead at 18 under par, Holman had the chance to edge clear.

A beautifully struck drive, followed by an even better fairway wood, set up a 10-metre eagle putt, and more importantly left him with two putts to secure the win. After negotiating the first putt, Holman tapped in for birdie and a one-shot victory.

PAT O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Capricorn Classic

LEADERBOARD

-19Nathan Holman (69, 68, 64, 68)

- 18Clint Rice (68, 66, 69, 67)

- 18Andrew Dodt (67, 65, 70, 68)

- 17Adam Blyth (67, 68, 66, 70)

- 17Kristopher Mueck (63, 72, 65, 71)

- 16Mitchell A. Brown (73, 65, 68, 66)

The win was perfect timing for Holman, who jets off this evening for the first of two European Challenge Tour events starting this week.

"This is a great win leading into the next couple of weeks, and although the win here today has not yet sunk in, I am sure it will over the next 30 hours sitting on planes," he said.

"This is my first trip to the Capricorn Classic and it is no doubt one of the best pro-ams I have played in Australia.

"The facility is second to none, with two great courses and accommodation that creates a wonderful atmosphere throughout the tournament week. I am very happy to have won here today and I look forward to taking this form to Europe over the next few weeks."

Dodt and Rice finished in a tie for second, though both players were somewhat overshadowed by a course record-equalling round by Gavin Flint on the Resort Course.

Flint recorded 11 birdies on his way to an 11-under-par 61 to finish on 14 under par and in a tie for 11th.

Professionals will now make their way to Maryborough for its pro-am, which starts on Friday.