Canberra veteran Matthew Millar has taken his second tournament win of the summer, rising to a triple win at the $50,000 Queanbeyan Open.
The 45-year-old, who played a course he knows well, proved too good for his younger rivals as he put down a final round of five under par 65 at the Queanbeyan GC on Friday.
After starting Thursday’s 36-hole tournament with a double bogey, Millar played the remaining 35 holes in 10 under and no-bogey as he took the third event of the NSW Regional Open Series with six tournaments.
“I just found a good groove there and made a few putts when needed,” said an unassuming Millar, who also won the Murray Open in November by three strokes.
“We don’t often play tournaments in Canberra and Queanbeyan, so it’s definitely a bit exciting to have won.”
Brady Watt (67), James Grierson (69), defending champion Deyen Lawson (67) and Jordan Zunic (69) were all tied for second place at five under.
Joint night leader Grierson was visibly nervous early on and really only found his stride in the back nine.
Zunic, who started at four under alongside Grierson, had the best chance of winning early with some quality strikes, but was unable to make another birdie after seventh.
Up front on the track, Lawson made a back-nine attack to get close to inside two of Millar, but he came a cropper on 15th.
Watt also played a fine back-nine, but left his attack too late.
Millar jabbed in from the side of the sixth green for a birdie to hum his round, then nearly hit his tee shot in the short eighth minute to set up another birdie.
A bomb for birdie from the front of the 11th was followed by a great approach from the 13th to establish its winning break and from there it was a masterclass in tee-to-green stability.
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