Rankin wins Headland Pro-Am amid high-quality field

WINNER: Brett Rankin claimed honours at Headland.
WINNER: Brett Rankin claimed honours at Headland. Contributed

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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