KUALA LUMPUR: Zubair Firdaus continued his rich vein of form by holing a seven-metre birdie putt to win a dramatic Queensland Amateur Open on the third extra hole at Bargara Golf Club.
The 16-year-old student at the Hills International School prevailed after a gripping final day which featured a tight battle involving left-hander Elvis Smylie and third-placed Christian Butterworth.
Gold Coaster Smylie forced a play-off when he birdied the 72nd hole to finish tied with Zubair on 13-under 275.
Butterworth had taken a one stroke lead into the final round but Zubair grabbed the outright lead when he birdied the 11th and then made further birdies on the 13th and 14th.
The Malaysian, who carded a closing four-under 68, was never headed thereafter although Smylie, who finished with a five-under 67, forced the play-off at the death.
“I’m just grateful it fell my way after Elvis and Christian put me under a lot of pressure,’’ said Zubair. “I came into this week with a lot of confidence after winning in Indonesia last month.
“The course is not too long and I hit my driver a lot this week while some of the others preferred irons off the tee. Driving is probably the strongest part of my game I pretty much hit driver on every hole.’’
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Continuing a hot run after winning the boys’ division at the Ciputra World Junior Championship in Jakarta last month, his victory at Bargara secures him a start at the Isuzu Queensland Open, which will be contested at the Brisbane Golf Club from November 1-4.
“There are a lot of good things happening and I’m excited about that,’’ added Zubair on making his first appearance in a professional event.
In the girls’ event, Gold Coast’s Isabelle Taylor led from the outset for a convincing 10-stroke victory over Cassie Porter.