Aron Price has the the NSW Open by four shots at Castle Hill Country Club.
A relieved Aron Price is relishing the start he earned in this week’s Australian Open after claiming a four-stroke victory in the NSW Open.
Playing a tournament he caddied in as a kid 20 years ago, former US PGA Tour player Price fired a closing two-under 70 to finish an impressive 19-under 269 at Castle Hill Country Club as his main challenger Steve Bowditch struggled all day.
WA Open champion Jack Wilson (68), Aaron Townsend (68) and Adam Bland (67) tied for second place while Bowditch (76) faded to tied seventh.
The win earned Price $16,500 and world ranking points and it also meant he does not need to turn up to Monday’s qualifying tournament to battle for a slim chance of playing against Adam Scott and co in the Australian Open at Royal Sydney starting on Thursday.
“It’s just like that song ‘I don’t like Mondays’,” said Price.
“Monday qualifying stinks. It was going to be 80 guys for three spots.
“I was pretty confident that I could play well but you never know in qualifiers.”
Starting the final round tied for the lead with Bowditch, Price opened with a birdie before steady play saw him claim the title comfortably.
While he has won on the secondary tour in the US, it was Price’s first pro tour win on home soil and he was pleased it came in his home state.
“This week I was more relaxed. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t have turned up if I didn’t want to win,” he said.
“I grew up playing in the NSW junior events…I would rather win the NSW Open then the Queensland or West Australian Open.”