Aussie pro golfer Tim Hart learned the hard way on Sunday that golf can be really cruel.
The 26-year-old world No. 918 player had a magical, life-changing round going in the final day of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship. He needed a par at the last to shoot 58 and win.
That didn't happen.
Instead, Hart's drive on the 18th hole at the Toowoomba City Golf Club went out of bounds. His reload went to the right and into the trees. From there, Hart did well to make a triple bogey, shoot 61 and still get into a playoff with David Klein. Hart lost on the first playoff hole in search of his first PGA Tour of Australasia win.
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“It was a rollercoaster ... after hitting the driver so well I put the worst swing of the week on it right there,” Hart said afterward.
Hart said he thought he had to remain aggressive. After starting the day in 20th place, he had no idea he has surged three ahead on the final hole.
“I just wanted to stay aggressive because I hadn’t seen a leaderboard and wanted to keep pushing," Hart said, according to the Courier Mail. “If I’d known I was three or four shots in front maybe the two iron comes out.”
While Hart has to be upset that neither did he win nor did he break 60, he had a good perspective on the P-2 result.
“Mate, it’s easy to be disappointed," he said, "but if someone had said I’d be in a play-off for the title when starting the day 20th I would have grabbed it."