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Jake McLeod 2018 AVJennings NSW Open Champion

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Jake on McLeod nine after NSW Open win

Jake on McLeod nine after NSW Open win

Popular Queensland golfer Jake McLeod has taken out the AVJennings NSW Open in style after a thrilling final round at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in greater western Sydney.

McLeod, who shot a course record of 10-under-par 62 in the third round, took the title by two shots from Cameron John thanks to a Sunday 71.


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The 24-year-old’s maiden victory comes in his third year as a professional though he has been in contention several times in the past two seasons.

McLeod began the day with a four-shot lead over Queensland’s Blake Proverbs but that margin was cut to two when he dropped a shot at the second where Proverbs made birdie.

But it was late in the round where the real pressure was applied, 19-year-old rookie Cameron John making a charge to get within one shot with two holes to play.

John, a former Australian Junior Champion who is considered a good prospect by many, went to the turn in 4-under with five birdies against a lone bogey and continued the hot scoring on the back.

With McLeod treading water in the group behind, he birdied four holes in a six-hole stretch, including the 16th, and with the leader failing to birdie the par-5 15th just one shot separated the pair.

But he failed to get up and down from the front bunker at the par-3 17th to drop another shot then endured a heartbreaking three putt on the final green.

That dropped him two shots behind McLeod, who had made a bogey of his own at the 17th, and the young Queenslander duly closed out the tournament with a par at the last.

NSW state team member Blake Windred finished low amateur and T3 alongside Dylan Perry, Josh Younger and Jordan Mullaney at 15-under.

Harrison Endycott couldn’t find any momentum in the final round and slumped to a 1-over 73 and a share of 10th.

South Australia’s Max McCardle recorded an albatross two at the par-5 15th to record a 2-under 70 and finish T35 at 7-under.

“I had 240 metres to the flag, 221 to cover the front of the green and I hit a 2-iron that was just perfect,” he said.

“You can’t quite see the hole from back in the fairway and while I thought it would be close I never expected it to be in the hole.

“It’s my first one ever so I was pretty pleased. I put the date on the ball and put it back in the bag straight away and it will be going in a special place on display at home.”

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