Rod Pampling Bags PGA Win: His First Ever In a Decade
Rod Pampling bagged his first PGA tour win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nevada winning by two shots.
The 47- year old who was not among the 132 players entered in the Open, played due to a clerical error. Originally, only 132 players were supposed to be entered in the Shriners Open, instead 144 players were entered.
The organizers of the event told Las Vega Review-Journal that they realized the mistake, but by the time they did, it was too late and nothing could be done about it.
The Shriners Open is usually held in October, but this year, the event was moved to November. Because of this change, the organizers requested that the number of players be reduced to ensure that the first and second rounds were finished on time because there are less daylight hours during this time of year. Both the organizers and the Tour agreed to this change, but this information may not have been entered into their systems.
The Golf Channel reported that Palming, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Kevin Tway and Seamus Power who were among the 12 players who were not supposed to play in the event, ended up playing due to the error.
For Pampling, the small error turned out to be a blessing because not only did he take home the Shriners Open title, he also bagged a handsome prize fund of $1.2million.
Pampling won his first PGA tour at the International in 2004. His second win was in 2006 at the Bay Hill Invitational, a win that propelled him to join the ranks of the best top 50 golf players in the world according to the Official World Golf Rankings.
The Aussie player’s tenacity on the last day saw him seal the final round with a 6-under par 65, winning by two shots. This was his first PGA win since 2006.
“It’s extremely rewarding,” said a delighted Pampling.“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”
Luca Glover who finished third with a 69 had some good things to say about Rod and the game as a whole.
“The quality of golf in that last group was good,” said Glover. “Rod putted unbelievable after missing a short putt on 12, so kudos to him for regrouping and making the putts he made. He played great … we just had fun. We actually did. We had a good time and a lot of chatter and laughing and good golf.”
Brooks Koepka who finished second with a 67 may not have had as much determination as Pampling.
“I didn’t putt very well on the weekend,” Koepka said. “My ball striking was poor and that kinda cost me.”
Glover applauded Pampling saying:
“He may not have the length or the strength of some of his younger foes, but Pampling had enough game this week to get the job done on the PGA Tour.”
Pampling who was the oldest participant at the Shriner’s Open showed the younger players that age is just a number and anyone, despite the age, can be a winner.
“It’s nice that at 47 you still can win out here.” “The young guys win enough. I’m glad I could put my hand up.”
Pampling has joined the ranks of countrymen Jason Day, Greg Chalmers, Aaron Baddeley and Adam Scott being the fifth Australian to win a PGA event in 2016.
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