GOLF: Course record holder Brett Rankin won the Headland Pro-Am title with an impressive display yesterday.
The 30-year-old carded a round of six-under par 66 to win the $11,000 event, which resumed after a five-year absence.
Amid a high-quality field, including recent Australian Open runner-up Ashley Hall, Rankin produced a bogey-free display to edge Paul Hayden by one shot.
He clearly thrives at the Buderim-based course, having previously shot a layout record of nine-under 63.
"I really enjoy the layout at Headland, it suits my eye and I always tend to play well every time I tee it up here,” he said in a post-event press release.
Rankin is evidently in good touch, having finished 20th at the Australian Open, along with three top-12 finishes at events in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
"The form has been good in recent weeks, so the win here is again a boost to my confidence,” he said.
Rankin will be among those to tee-off in one of the nation's top events later this week.
"I am looking forward to putting in some hard work over the next few days, which I hope will pay dividends at the Australian PGA (Championship),” he said.
Meanwhile, Hall finished in a tie for third on three-under par, with Sam Daley, Alex Edge and Andrew Martin.
The Vantage Homes QLD/Alex Surf Club Headland Pro-Am is part of the PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing season.
It will culminate at the Wynnum Pro-Am is next month, when the likes of Rod Pampling and Ian Baker-Finch will compete in the $60,000 event.
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