Tae Koh played the round of his career to claim the biggest trophy of his young career at the NZPGA Championship held at Te Puke Golf Club.
It was a tight tussle all day between Josh Geary, Ryan Fox and Tae Koh and no one was prepared to predict any result as the back nine unfolded. It was all Koh on the front nine, who was five-under for his first nine to be 17-under at the time, leading Fox and Geary heading into the final nine-holes.
Geary made his intentions clear with an eagle on the 10th to sneak into the lead. Fox then made his move with a chip-in birdie on the 11th hole. Koh immediately responded, draining back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 to move one ahead. Geary then grabbed the lead back at 15 and the crowd atmosphere was electric with three holes to play.
In the end, it is was the persistent Koh who, with a birdie, birdie, eagle on the last three holes, put his hands on the 100-year-old NZPGA Championship trophy, signing off for an incredible final round of 11-under.
It’s Koh’s first NZPGA Championship and capped off a brilliant summer for the young gun.
“Bit of a blur the entire day to be honest,” Koh said of his victory. “I hit it awesome, probably the best round of my career (so I’m) super stoked. It’s such a prestigious event – I’m just thrilled.”
Momoka Kobori had another solid day, closing with nine-under to be the leading female in the field and share 11th place in the Championship.