Kiwi Michael Hendry is the first NZ Player to win the New Zealand Open for 14 years. He won in a play-off against another Kiwi, Ben Campbell and Australian and Ex NZ Champion Brad Kennedy.
Michael was happy that a Kiwi has finally won the Brodie Breeze Trophy with a par at the first extra hole, after Ben and Brad both found water off the tee.
Michael shot a final round -2 under par 69 to get into play-off against 54 hole leader at -20 under, and starting with a three shot lead Ben Campbell, who carded +1 over par today and Brad Kennedy with an even par 71 last round, all three with ISPS Handa New Zealand Open totals of -19 under par.
“It means the world to me, this is for me, other than winning a major, the biggest tournament that I can win.”
“Just to finally get that monkey off our back with a Kiwi winning. I’ve never been that emotional coming off a golf course before. It was very, very special.”
“My game plan today was hit every green that I could and get every putt to the hole, and I achieved my game plan pretty well.”
Tied in fourth place was Aussie Deyen Lawson at -18 under par, a final round -3 under 69 not quite good enough to get into the play-off.