A Kiwi with a cool head and a lot of nerve has been able to hold out a mighty charge by a tough Brisbane rival to win the $10,000 in the FKP Peregian Springs Series.
Doug Holloway started this weekend’s two rounds of the Peregian Springs Pro-Am with an eight-shot lead only to see his good work compiled over a week start to dwindle away.
Matt Keegan bounced back in emphatic fashion from wrist and ankle injuries that derailed his professional golf tour last year to shoot a 68 on Saturday.
Holloway hit a 70 to take a six-shot lead going into yesterday’s final round.
“I felt pretty good. But I knew Matt could play good golf and he had been applying pressure on me,” he said.
When he hit a bogey after some steady par golf with about six holes to play, Holloway was worried he might open the door for Keegan to come storming in.
“But I knew he had to shoot a 65 and I though he wasn’t likely to do that,” Holloway said.
In the end he again steadied the ship for a decent round of 71. Keegan was good enough to take out the $9000 Peregian Springs Pro Am with a matching round of 68, but conceded the week series by three shots.
He also picked up a further $2500 for his week’s work on the Sunshine Coast.
Holloway said he had been in solid form on the tour for a while and was keen to take that scoring, and his ability to soak up the pressure, to the US Tour School this year.
The prizemoney will also pay his way and he said Keegan had given him the perfect dress rehearsal for America.
“I had to handle the pressure of Matt breathing down on me for seven rounds, whereas over there you have to play six rounds.
“I was able to see off Matt’s challenge and I know what to expect from being over at the tour school twice before.
“I know it will happen. Last year I bogeyed five of my last six holes to miss out by one shot.”
Keegan, for his part, is looking for a piece of the action via the Asian Tour School.
He has been on the pro tour since 2000 and played in Asia and Europe. But he was badly hobbled after a leg injury meant he could not walk for a couple of months.
He said he was happy enough with the way he played all week, especially with his classy finish at Peregian.
“I think I gave it everything I had. A few of my putts could have dropped, but that’s golf.
“I knew that Doug was a very steady player and that he was not likely to falter in the final round.”
He is off to the Bribie Island Pro Am next before heading to Toowoomba chasing the results and the form that could help him crack the bigger pay days on offer overseas.
The PGA of Australia could not have been happier with the standard of players the series has attracted in the past week and the sort of scoring they were able to achieve.
The series produced a publicity coup with one of the most amazing rounds of golf ever played in Australia.
That came courtesy of Craig Jones at the Horton Park Pro Am, when the Buderim instant wonder shot a mind-boggling 59 to stun the golfing world.
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