GOLF: Happy Holly snatches top Australian title in thrilling style

Holly Clyburn - secured top title in Australia
Holly Clyburn - secured top title in Australia

Woodhall Spa professional Holly Clyburn held her nerve and holed a three foot par putt to win a top title in Australia.

Clyburn fired rounds of 69,66 and 70 to seal a thrilling victory in the Bing Lee Fujitsu Women’s NSW Open at Oatlands Golf Club in Sydney.

Her 11-under-par total left her one shot clear of NSW’s Rebecca Artis, Austrian Christine Wolf, Scotland’s Vikki Laing and Switzerland’s Fabienne In-Albon.

It was the 24-year-old’s third professional title after wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

It also came just a week after Clyburn was forced to pull out of the New Zealand Women’s Open with a hip injury.

She told the LET website: “It means a lot. I have been knocking on the door for a few months now,

“I have been working hard and did not have any expectations this week after last week, so yeah, it has just been great and a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

“I am very happy, I can’t wait to see my parents and celebrate with them.”

Clyburn’s name had been on the leaderboards in a number of the major Australian Tour tournaments over the past month.

She finished in a tie for second at the Oates Victorian Open early February, before being in contention at the RACV Ladies Masters, were she eventually finished in a share of 16th position.

Clyburn rested for six days after that hip injury and thanked a physiotherapist for his efforts.

She said: “I wouldn’t have gotten through this week without him,” she said after her win.

The NSW Open is renowned for exciting finishes and at one stage mid-way through the back nine, five players shared the lead at 10-under-par.

It was a birdie on the par four 14th hole which proved crucial. Clyburn hit her three wood off the tee, then her wedge into the green. She left herself with a nine foot birdie putt which she calmly rolled in to break away from the group of players at 10-under-par.

Any family celebrations won’t be for another three weeks as Clyburn has flown to China this week for the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills Resort Haikou.

She is representing England in the team event for 18 pairs alongside last year’s Italian Open winner Florentyna Parker.