Local veteran Millar wins Queanbeyan Open | Daily Central West

Canberra veteran Matthew Millar claimed his second tournament victory of the summer, with a three-stroke victory at the $ 50,000 Queanbeyan Open. Playing on a course he knows well, the 45-year-old proved too good for his younger rivals as he completed a five-under-65 closing round at Queanbeyan GC on Friday. Having started the 36-hole tournament on Thursday with a double bogey, Millar played the remaining 35 holes in 10-under and no-bogey as he won the third event of six NSW Regional Open Series tournaments. “I just found a good groove there and made a few putts when I needed them,” said a modest Millar, who also won the Murray Open by three strokes in November. “We don’t often get to play tournaments in Canberra and Queanbeyan so it’s a little exciting to have won for sure.” Brady Watt (67), James Grierson (69), defending champion Deyen Lawson (67) and Jordan Zunic (69) are all tied for second at five under. Joint overnight leader Grierson was noticeably nervous at first and only really found his rhythm in the last nine. Zunic, who started four under alongside Grierson, looked most likely to win early with quality strikes, but couldn’t birdie again after the seventh. Front on the course, Lawson performed a back nine charge to briefly get closer to Millar’s two, but it came a cropping on 15. Watt also played a good back nine, but let his charge too late. Millar stepped in on the sixth green for a birdie to buzz his round, then nearly hit his tee shot in the short eighth minute later to set up another birdie. A birdie bomb from the 11th front was followed by a nice approach from the 13th to establish his winning break and from there it was a master class in tee-to-green stability. Associated Australian Press

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