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Andrew Dodt returns from injury to win in Sarawak

Dodt wins third Asian Tour title (Photo: Asian Tour )
Newcastle based Queenslander, Andrew Dodt, has won his first tournament in nearly four years and just his fourth as a professional with victory at this week’s Asian Tour’s Sarawak Championship at the Damai Golf and Country Club.

Dodt’s final round of 64 was followed by a playoff victory over Canadian Richard T Lee to secure the 33-year old his first title since the True Thailand Classic in 2015 and this result has come after an enforced break from the game.

Lee had eagled his 72nd hole to join Dodt in a playoff.

Out of action with a bulging disc for the last few months, Dodt was playing his first four-round event since the New Zealand Open in early March, having being forced to withdraw from the Trophee Hassan event soon after injuring himself in the gym in Morocco earlier this year.

Dodt recorded rounds of 64 in both the second and final rounds and earned US$54,000 for his victory.

"I started my career on the Asian Tour," said Dodt. "It’s nice to win on Tour again. It feels very rewarding. I’ve been playing great at home and I transformed that form at home into this week. It’s great to be holding the trophy. I’m over the moon.

"I had a two-month injury layoff in April. It’s probably a good reset, gave myself a break and get the love of the game again. We had our first baby almost 10 months ago, so I got to spend some quality time with her. This means a lot, I’m a proud Aussie and I love my golf. To win is extra special.

"Knowing I had to get in the play-off was hard because I probably didn’t expect Richard to make eagle with a three-wood in regulation, but golf is a funny game and you have to expect the unexpected.

"I will have to sit down and reassess my schedule now but I’m loving my golf, I just want to keep playing. I’m playing well, I feel like my game is in a good place, my head’s in a good place. Just keep the foot down."

Terry Pilkadaris was the next best of the Australians when he finished 6th, his best finish anywhere in nearly eighteen months while Travis Smyth was 16th.

 

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