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Craig Hancock wins in Port Headland

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Tasmanian Craig Hancock has won the BHP Billiton Port Hedland Classic after a playoff with Victorian Andrew Martin at the Headland Golf Course in Western Australia

Hancock recorded three very impressive rounds of 65,63,62 on the par 72 layout for a total of 190 (-26). After round two Hancock said his goal was to keep improving each round and he did just that firing a final round 63. His 63 in the final round included a bogey from a lost ball on the 14th hole, but he managed to limit the damage by making birdie with his second ball.

"It was clearly a great week to score, these sand greens were very consistent and if you were able to control your distances coming into them it felt like birdie was achievable on just about every hole."

Not to be out done Andrew Martin (VIC) led from the front after starting the day on -17. "It's not every day that you begin the day leading, shoot 63 and don't win," said the former Australian Amateur Champion. "It's been a fantastic event and we all knew the scoring was going to be red hot, congratulations must go to Craig today, 62 to win is impressive no matter where you are."

The BHP Billiton Pro-Am in Port Headland has been contested since 1996 and has had some very classy winners in Lyndsay Stephen, Nick O'Hern, Scott Strange and Adam Bland across the years.

Hancock is very happy to be adding his name to this list as his year is now looking to pick up. "I've been playing some mediocre golf so far in 2014 and was looking to ignite something in WA to get me going. This is exactly what I needed to get some confidence and momentum for the rest of the year. My plans, are to head back out to the Asian tour later this year where I have a full card and see if I can keep shooting some low numbers."

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