Rankin reigns supreme at Royal Pines – PGA of Australia

Brett Rankin went straight and won his seventh title of the season by taking on the Signature Tours Gold Coast teams challenge at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

A four-time winner at the two-day Ray White Yamba Pro-Am on Sunday, Rankin had to come from behind to claim his seventh victory of the adidas PGA Pro-Am Series season at Queensland’s final swing event.

Two shots behind Blake Proverbs at the start of the third and final round, Rankin was the only player to break 70 on Wednesday and he did it in style.

Three birdies in his first four holes provided the perfect springboard, a stellar iron game providing birdie opportunities that he was able to convert.

A 30-foot eagle on the par-5 15th further cemented his advantage and, despite a bogey at 17, birdied his penultimate hole to complete a three-shot victory with a closing round of five-under 67 and eight pennies in total.

“Keeping a close eye on the leaderboard as I started behind, I hit a bunch of close after starting the day on the third hole,” Rankin said.

“I holeshot 30 feet for the Eagle on the 15th hole and also birdied my penultimate hole.

“The course was tough and there were some tough pins. It was a good challenge and a great feeling to have the scores I had hitting my irons as strong as I was.

Backing up his round of 67 on Tuesday, Proverbs started his round by landing another shot at par-4 first.

Bogeys followed at two and six, but he managed to keep the heat on Rankin with birdies at nine, 10 and 14.

But the pace would prove too hot up front, a bogey at the par-4 18th putting Proverbs into second with a final lap of a minus 71.

Only five players completed the 54-under par event, with Deyen Lawson (74) securing third place at two under with Michael Sim (74) and Michael Wright (71) tied for fourth at one under .

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Michael C. Ford