Dimitrios Papadatos wins the New Zealand Open at The Hills down on the South Island.
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Dimi looked solid throughout the final round firing a -6 under par 66 to finish with a tournament total of 18-under par, and lift the trophy. This was his maiden Tour victory and it took some concentration to keep it in sight;
“I just wanted to concentrate and not get too overwhelmed with what was happening. It’s awesome, great bunch of guys and they’re very supportive. We all try and beat each other but at the end of the week, there’s no hard feelings. I kept believing in myself and telling myself I could do it, the whole way round. But there’s always that thing, deep down wondering if you really can.”
“I didn’t really think at the start of the week I would have had my name on the trophy, but as the week started to progress, I thought there was a good chance so I’m pretty happy. Obviously some great players have won this event, it’s a massive honour. I wouldn’t have told you at the start of the week I was capable of this. I’m really happy.”
Leading Kiwi was Mark Brown, who finished in second place, shooting a final round -3 under par 69, but at -14 under par was way off the pace;
“It was just frustrating that I didn’t have the A-game today like I played a couple of the other days. The chances I did give myself I didn’t convert and it was only really towards the end that I made a couple of birdies so Dimi played great. He holed the putts when he needed to. It’s all about winning and particularly this tournament, so I take no solace in finishing second at all. It wasn’t what I wanted so it’s just really disappointing.”
“The young guys now have got no fear. They all putt great, their short games are great so when they do make a mistake off tee to green they’ll save it and not only that, they’ll hole putts.”
Another Kiwi, David Klein was in third place at -13 under par, he shot a last round -5 under par 67.
New Zealand amateur Jordan Bakermans finished the tournament as the leading amateur to claim the Bledisloe Cup. Unfortunately this was after Southland No.1 Vaughan McCall was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Jordan emphasized what an honor this was for him;
“It is a huge honour to win this trophy. It was my goal at the start of the week and while I would have loved to make the cut this is a pretty cool honor to take home from this tournament.”