Australia’s summer of golf is well and truly underway with little known South Australian Nick Cullen taking out last week’s Australian Masters at Metropolitan Golf Club.
The 30 year old was ranked 539 in the world before the start of the week and played rock solid golf across the four days before producing the shot of his life from a green-side bunker on the 72nd hole. The resulting tap in putt for his par meant he finished the tournament at -9, 279 to hold off a fast finishing Adam Scott by one shot.
Scott had been looking to make this year’s championship his third Masters title in a row, but an uncharacteristically slow start saw him needing to play catch up golf over the weekend.
And catch up he very nearly did, with a 60 foot putt at the last on Sunday lipping out, which would have put him in a tie for 1st with Cullen. Scott had to settle for a 68 and tied for second with two other Australians, James Nitties and Josh Younger.
In 2011 Cullen had seriously contemplated giving golf away, but victory in the 2012 Indonesian Open and 2013 Queensland Open saw him reignite his passion for the game before his form once again began to fade earlier this year.
Victory in the Australian Masters however has ensured him starts in upcoming events and a five year exemption on the Australasian Tour and as any struggling tour professional would understand, the $180,000 prize money will be invaluable.
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