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Windred claims first pro win at Vic PGA

New South Welshman Blake Windred has broken through for his maiden professional victory at the Victorian PGA Championship at Moonah Links.

The 24-year-old shot a three-under 69 closing round to finish 12 under and one stroke clear of playing partner Brad Kennedy who posted a 70.

“I’m so pleased with not necessarily how I played, but how I got it done,” said European Challenge Tour player Windred, who collected $24,750.

“It is one goal that I’ve had on my mirror for the last couple of years. I just haven’t been able to tick off the first professional win.

“To be honest, I was thinking about it with three holes to go. I was trying to stay in the moment but it’s very hard not to think about such a big thing.”

Windred began thinking about victory because of a chip-in eagle on the par-4 14th followed by a birdie on the par-5 15th which put him two shots ahead of Kennedy.

Despite a positive attitude, it appeared that Windred might let victory slip away on the closing two holes.

He had to save par twice to win – first with a monster two-putt on the par-3 17th and then with an up-and-down after scrambling from a fairway bunker on the par-5 18th.

“I’ve had a lot of help from my mind coach John Novak over the years. He’s always told me that whenever the ball is in a poor position or in a bad lie that it’s an opportunity to make something great happen,” he said.

Queenslander Cory Crawford and Victorian Cameron John both shot seven-under par rounds of 65 to surge into a share of third place.

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