Record-breaker finishes on high at Queensland Open

GREAT FEELING: Isuzu Queensland Open winner Nick Cullen.
GREAT FEELING: Isuzu Queensland Open winner Nick Cullen. Rob Williams

SOUTH Australian Nick Cullen was last night celebrating a Queensland Open title victory, after the successful returning of the event to Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

Firing a three-under 69 in the final round, Cullen claimed the win with a tournament total of nine-under 279.

"I felt really good,'' Cullen said. "I just hung in there, went through my routine shot by shot and tried to stay in the moment - it worked out well.''

Cullen started the day with a one-shot lead thanks to his course record round of 65 on Saturday.

"It was really important yesterday,'' he said. "I would have been a fair way of the pace if I hadn't shot such a good score.''

Opening with a birdie Cullen, extended his lead over the field with just two blemishes on his score card.

"I birdied the first two, it was really great to get off to a good start because around a course like Brookwater if you get off to a bad start it's hard to recover,'' he said.

"This course can really eat you up on every hole so two shots is nothing, honestly until I was 15 feet away on the last I wasn't ready to relax."

The Isuzu Queensland Open is the first victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the 29-year-old.

"I am feeling great, it's been a long time between wins so to finally have another one feels awesome," said Cullen, who won the 2012 Indonesia Open.

"It makes my season a lot easier, it gives me status next year and it will let me look at playing US qualifying school.

"It just takes the pressure off and it's great to know I can win again."

Unable to catch Cullen was three time European Tour winner Peter O'Malley who finished five shots back at four-under the card.

"I just made a few too many mistakes on the back nine,'' O'Malley said.

"Nick played fantastic golf. He went out and just did everything right so full credit to him."

After a four-under 68 in the final round, Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie finished outright third on two-under 286.

The only other player under par for the Queensland Open was New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom who finished outright fourth at one-under 287.

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