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Kiwi Tyler Hodge sunk a seven foot par putt on the final hole to win the Australian Boys' Amateur at Bribie Island Golf Club. Hodge finished with rounds of 69-68-71-75 to win at 5 under par, one clear of Queensland's Viraat Badhwar who shot a final round course record 7-under par 65 to finish at 4-under par.
"I'm feeling a fair bit of relief at the moment," Hodge said. "When Viraat was playing the way he was, I just had to focus on my game but it's not that easy when your playing partner is on a run like that," Hodge said. "I was hoping for a top 15 finish and feel like I've been playing well so this is great."
With the win, Hodge earns a place at this year's Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in December.
"That really hasn't sunk in yet. It's miles away the biggest thing to happen in my career so far," Hodge added.
Badhwar's extraordinary round was only blemished by his bogey on the final hole which cost him a play off opportunity with Hodge.
Victorian Lucas Herbert and New South Welshmen Ricky Kato and Mitchell Venables shared third place, one stroke behind Badhwar in a tightly packed leaderboard.
Victorian Ben Eccles finished in outright sixth while Anthony Quayle (NT), Jarryd Felton (WA), Zac Stolz (NSW), Ryan Ruffels (VIC) and Compton Pikari (NZ) all finished in a tie for seventh.
The players have a rest day on Saturday before the Australian Boys' Interstate Teams Matches at Bribie Island Golf Club from 16-19 April.
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