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Major form reversal as Cory Crawford wins in PNG

Crawford survives a 6 hole playoff for first win (Photo: Bruce Young)
Gold Coast based Cory Crawford has won the SP Brewery PNG Open at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in Port Moresby after defeating Brisbane’s Brett Rankin in a playoff which lasted six holes before Crawford finally broke the deadlock with a par on the par three 18th to record his first PGA Tour of Australasia title.

The former Tasmanian golfer but now Sanctuary Cove based Crawford has been a professional or two years following an impressive amateur career but life in the paid ranks has proven difficult for the 24 year old.

Forced back to the Tour School earlier this year Crawford regained his status but, having missed eight of his last nine cuts in events in which he has teed it up, this represents a huge turnaround of form and a turning point in his career.  

“It definitely means a lot considering I’ve had a really rough couple of years out here so it was good to get it all together in one week and obviously to get the win is fantastic,” said Crawford, who now has full exemption on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2018.

Crawford’s good friend, rookie Anthony Quayle, finished alone in 3rd position two shots behind the playoff.

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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