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Hyett holds on to win ALPG Tour Championship

Australia's Tamara Hyett endured the full gamut of emotions during the final round of the ALPG Players Championship at Horizons GC, eventually winning her maiden title at the first extra hole against England's Laura Davies, who set a new course record six under 67.

Hyett carded a final round 76 for an 11 under total to claim the Aus$15,000 winner's cheque.

England's Georgina Simpson battled all the way, leading by three shots with eight holes to play, but fell away at the end and finished in third place after a final round 74.

Another Englishwoman, Trish Johnson closed with a final round five under 68 to tie with Sweden's Maria Hjorth for fourth spot on seven under par, with Johnson recording a hole-in-one at the sixth hole after hitting "a pretty pure" seven iron 150-yards.

Hyett, who began the day at 14 under, three shots clear of Simpson and nine clear of Davies, crumbled early on in her round with bogeys at the fourth, sixth and tenth. Simpson took the lead with three birdies on her front nine and leaving the tenth hole, she was three clear.

But the Yorkshire-woman suffered a double bogey at the 11th and with Hyett making bogey, it opened the door for Davies, whose front nine included an eagle and two birdies.

Hyett and Simpson dropped shots at the par five 12th just as Davies added her second eagle of the round and shortly afterwards birdied the 16th to chase her 65th career title.

Hyett regrouped and also birdied the 16th and when Simpson dropped another shot at the 17th, all three players were level going into the final hole.

Simpson failed in her birdie attempt from 20 feet, but the 25-year-old from Melbourne kept her cool and rolled in from 12 feet, which left Davies having to hole her birdie from four feet to force extra time.

In the playoff, Hyett birdied the 18th for the fourth time this week and Davies' attempt to extend sudden death slipped agonisingly past the hole.

"I battled hard all day long," said Hyett. "I had a slump in the middle but fought back with those two birdies at the end. It was great playing with Laura, she was encouraging all day long - It was a dream for me to be playing alongside her and to win as well, it doesn't get any better than that."

Davies will take encouragement from an amazing final round performance as she heads to the Ladies European Tour's opening event of the season, the ANZ Masters, next week at Royal Pines GC on Queensland's Gold Coast.

"I'm disappointed right now, my record has never been good in playoffs but hats of to Tamara, she did well," said Davies.

"Going into this morning I was playing for third place, so I went one better than that. But I'm happy because I am driving it well, playing some aggressive golf and my confidence is up for the next two weeks."

 

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