Geelong’s Deyen Lawson hangs on for maiden PGA title
October 23, 2022 / 8:48 pm
It wasn’t as emphatic as hoped, but former Curlewis golfer Deyen Lawson has held on to claim the WA Open and a maiden PGA Tour of Australasia title by two shots from Michael Sim.
The Geelong-born 31-year-old started the final round eight shots clear at 21 under and after 11 holes was 24 under and eyeing the tournament’s greatest-ever victory.
Then the nerves set in.
But not even two bogeys and a double bogey on the run home – he dropped five shots in six holes – and a Sim birdie on the last was enough to derail an otherwise dominant performance.
A one-over round saw Lawson (62, 63, 64, 71) finish 20 under, while Sim’s equal-best round of the day – six-under 64 – earned him outright second at 18-under at The Western Australian Golf Club.
It meant Lawson fell well short of Kel Nagle’s tournament record 11-shot win in 1951, while Ryan Fox’s 23-under winning total in 2014 remains the high-water mark.
“It’s not easy. It never is,” Lawson, a four-time runner-up on the PGA Tour of Australasia said.
“Sometimes if you’re that far in front … you try not to have thoughts creep in but I just kept pushing and pushing.
“Through nine I might have got nine shots ahead and then thought, ‘now just hang on,’ which was not the right thing to do.
“In future I know that if I’ve ever got a good lead I need to just keep pushing until I finish. Really keep firing.”
Queenslander Chris Wood (66) was third at 16 under and Sydney amateur Jeffrey Guan (68) finished fourth, his best finish in a professional event.
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Deyen Lawson has scored a two-shot win in the WA Open at The Western Australian Golf Club. (AP PHOTO)