Shootout winner found
- 6 November 2019
- Peter Watson
Paul Tunnicliff won his second Shootout title in three years with a calm and clinical performance under pressure.
The second top qualifier saw off nine other pretenders and survived three chip-offs in the nine-hole sudden death final of the season-long competition on Saturday (Nov 2).
The top 10 qualifiers after 13 rounds battled it out after the usual match of the day competition.
First to bow out was Rob Willems followed by top qualifier Peter Watson in a bizarre eight-man chip-off and then Dean Goodman exited after a poor chip. Kerry Kotua was next to succumb and Steve Russell - after some narrow escapes - joined him soon after. Dave Blake waved goodbye on the 6th hole and Elton Netto was gone on the next hole. Andy Isle lost in a chip-off on the 8th, leaving just Paul and Graham Eggers to battle it out for the major purse and bragging rights.
On the par five 9th across the river Paul hit a decent drive and laid up in the rough on the right but still with a view of the flag, while Graham drove it right and almost put his second in the river, coming up just short in the rough. Paul hit a 9 iron into the green within comfortable two-putt range, but from an awkward lie Graham hit it left into the rough over the green and couldn't get up and down to hand Paul another title to the one he won in 2017.