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Gareth Paddison wins Charles Tour's Muriwai Open

Paddison on his way to victory (Photo: NZ Golf)
Gareth Paddison has gone back-to-back at the Autex Muriwai Open after a thrilling three-hole playoff against professional rookie James Anstiss to claim his fifth title on New Zealand's Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

After a long week with no power, the Muriwai Beach Golf Club lit up this afternoon with some spectacular golf, topped off with Paddison sinking a clutch birdie for an exciting and well-deserved finish for the local gallery.

With three playoff holes and three impeccable wedge shots, Paddison couldn’t get the final putt to drop, but it was third time lucky as he secured yet another title.

“This one means a lot in defending my title, there is a lot at stake and a lot of pride on the line, so it was a great day and I couldn’t be happier,” said Paddison.

“James played exceptionally well and made that eagle on the par five and was unlucky to drop a shot on the last, so he was very impressive today. All the young guys were impressive this week and have a big future ahead.”

Paddison will now take this momentum to Japan where he has two qualifying events in a row as he aims to get his Japan Tour card.

Anstiss who carded a memorable final round of five-under par, 67 only had positive thoughts after falling just short of a maiden Jennian Homes Charles Tour title.

“I’m obviously a bit gutted not to win, but it was an awesome week and I’m pretty happy with how everything went and it’s nice to be up there, right in contention and to have that energy running through the body down the stretch,” smiled Anstiss.

“I played really well all day, recovered well and took advantage of some great opportunities with the bonus of that eagle.”

“It’s the great thing about this tour is that if you play well you are going to be up there and to have these feelings will prepare me well with what’s to come in the future.”

Munchin Keh won the women's version of the event.

 

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