Michael Long Wins 2018 WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie
Veteran New Zealand golfer Michael Long has won the 2018 WA PGA Championship by one shot over Brody Martin. Long's 8-under par 64 final round equals the Kalgoorlie course record and brings his tournament total to 14-under 274. Martin and Simon Hawkes are just behind him on 13- and 12-under respectively. This is the second time that Long has won the WA PGA Championship.
On Sunday morning Martin was leading the final round at Kalgoorlie by two strokes while Long was five off the pace. Long moved ahead fast with three birdies right at the start. His six birdies and two bogies through the front nine were given a turbo boost when he hit consecutive birdies from 12th to the 15th.
Martin would have needed a birdie on his last hole to force a playoff. However his final round 13-under 70 meant he was sole runner-up, with Hawkes in third place on the board.
Born in NZ, Long became a professional at 21 and joined the PGA Tour of Australasia. In 1996 he won the New Zealand Open by four strokes. In 1999 his professional career was seriously challenged when his neck was broken in an accident. Nevertheless he persevered after his recovery. He took out the WA PGA Championship in 2008 and in 2016 he won the Oates Victorian Open. His win at Kalgoorlie is his fifth ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia title.
“Not only is there pride from the win, but I didn’t have a very good start to the season. I missed the cut at the Oates Vic Open, the tournament that I really like playing, and then Perth, and all of a sudden I was behind the eight ball.
“So that was occupying my mind more than anything else coming down the stretch. I needed this, so I just made sure it happened,” Long said.
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