Prugh fires 64 for three-shot win in New Zealand|
Queenstown, New Zealand (Sports Network) - Alex Prugh fired an eight-under 64
Sunday to earn his first Nationwide Tour title at the New Zealand Open.
Prugh finished the event at 19-under-par 269. Not only was this his first tour
win, it was just his fourth top-10 finish. His best previous finish was a
share of third last year at the Cox Classic.
Third-round leader Martin Piller carded a four-under 68 to end alone in second
place minus-16. Jim Herman also closed with a 68 to take third place at 14-
Prugh had a slow start to his round, but a hole-out eagle on the par-four
eighth spurred his run to victory. Prior to that, he had birdied the second,
but given that stroke back when he bogeyed the par-three seventh at The Hills
The eagle moved Prugh to 13-under. Around the turn, he collected three birdies
in a four-hole stretch from the 11th to jump to minus-16.
Meanwhile, Piller was flying into contention after some early problems. He
birdied the first, but stumbled to a double-bogey on the second. Piller
dropped another stroke on the fourth.
Piller started his comeback with a birdie on the fifth. He birdied three of
four holes from the seventh to jump to 14-under.
After a pair of pars, Piller birdied 13 and 14 to join Prugh in the lead at
Prugh pulled away from there though. He birdied the par-three 16th then jumped
to 19-under with an eagle on the par-five 17th. Prugh parred the last to
secure the victory.
Piller stumbled to a bogey on 16, but bounced back with a birdie on the 17th
to take second place.
Andrew Bonhomme fired a six-under 66 in the final round to finish at 12-under-
par 276. He shared fourth place with Craig Parry (69), Jeff Gove (70), Peter
Senior (68), Josh Geary (71) and Stephen Dartnall (68).
Richard Johnson closed with a two-under 70 to share 10th place with Adam Bland
and Jason Norris at minus-11. Johnson's round included a hole-in-one on the
short par-four 15th.
03/15 01:52:27 ET