Braden Becker has survived a titanic tussle with younger beginner Hayden Hopewell to earn his household state WA Open by a single shot, professing a breakthrough Australasian tour title.
A closing 72, with a par on the final hole at Royal Fremantle proved just adequate for Becker to prevent a playoff and declare victory at 19-beneath 269 on Sunday.
But only after defending winner Hopewell, playing on his home system, gave the 29-year-previous Becker the battle of his daily life.
A day following his class record 63, Hopewell erased Becker’s four-shot right away gain with five birdies in 13 holes and they ended up amount when actively playing the final hole following the leader bogeyed the 17th.
Having said that, 20-12 months-aged Hopewell’s magnificent cost arrived undone with a 3-putt bogey on the par-5 18th — which he experienced eagled by chopping the corner with his generate the preceding day.
He had to be information with a remaining spherical four-under 68.
Becker, who works in the professional store at Mandurah Region Club, collected $27,000 and a two-12 months exemption on the Australasian tour for his maiden win.
NSW’s Nathan Barbieri started off the ultimate round as Becker’s closest challenger but experienced to settle for 3rd, a person shot driving Hopewell just after a 70.
Sydney schoolboy Jeff Guan, 17, capped an amazing 7 days by ending tied sixth right after a 73, 1 shot powering NSW’s Josh Armstrong, who matched the program document with a 63 and tied fourth at 15-under with WA’s Oliver Goss (66).