Gardiner wins PGA
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWEED golfer Scott Gardiner captured his first four-round professional victory with a thrilling win at the Queensland PGA Championship which finished at the Emerald Lakes Golf Club on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Gardiner, 29, clinched victory over Queenslander Jason Day on the fourth additional play-off hole after the pair finished equal on 23-under after four rounds of championship action.
A former Kingscliff High School student Gardiner will now fly to Florida today to take his place in the US Tour School.
"It's amazing," Gardiner said of the victory.
"The last thing I was thinking of this week was winning a golf tournament.
"I just wanted to get out there and try and get better control of the ball.
"(But) I felt really good. I have surprised myself."
Gardiner, who missed the cut at last week's PGA Club Pro Championship at Ipswich, found himself in a tense play-off scenario with Day yesterday after squandering a golden opportunity to win on the last hole of regulation play.
Then he had missed a onemetre putt for victory, but he was able to regather and he kept his cool when he two-putted for par on the fourth play-off hole after Day had earlier bogeyed.
Gardiner had started the day's play with a one-shot lead from Brad McIntosh, who shot a course record 59 on Friday.
While McIntosh wasn't so strong in the third round on Saturday shooting a 71, he was right back in the hunt early yesterday after a birdie on the first to draw level with Gardiner. However, the Woolongong talent then self destructed on his way to a 75 to finish tied for 12th.
Day was two off the pace heading into yesterday's action and after a solid opening nine, birdied the 12th, 16th and 18th and eagled the 14th to tie with Gardiner on a total of 261.
Gardiner captured his first professional victory in a fourround championship with rounds of 63, 63, 68 and 67.
He played his junior golf on the Tweed with the CoolangattaTweed Golf Club, where he has also won the club championship.
Having turned professional in 2000, he competed this year on the Nationwide Tour in the US.