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Papadatos salutes again

Dimitrios Papadatos
Dimitrios Papadatos with his WA PGA trophy. (Photo: PGA of Australia)

Dimitrios Papadatos has won the TX Civil and Logistics WA PGA Championship in his first trip to the Kalgoorlie Golf Course.

Firing rounds of 70-68-70-68 for a 12-under-par 276 total, Papadatos won by a stroke from Victorian Rory Bourke, who had an eagle putt on 18 to force a playoff.

It was a tough day with wind gusts in excess of 40km/h, but Papadatos kept his composure as the red dirt swirled.

"It was way tougher in that wind. You have to account for so many more things on every shot," the New South Welshman said.

"On every putt I was allowing for more break and I was trying to work out where the wind was coming from because it was swirling. It was pretty difficult and very draining playing in those conditions.

The pressure came on Papadatos, also the Victorian Open champion in February, when he took double-bogey on the 15th hole.

"I was still leading by a shot, I was still in a good position to win the tournament so there was no reason to throw the toys out of the cot," he said.

"I had to stay patient and finish it off well which thankfully I did.

Papadatos said the promotion of the Kalgoorlie Golf Course among those on tour was his the major attraction to the event.

"It was a bit of hike to get here, but the boys were all saying what a great course it is.

"I was going to go straight the UK and miss this week, but I spoke to my coach, Richard Woodhouse, and he said it was worth playing another event before I go.

"It worked out well. It was a good idea - and Richard is right again."

Celebrating his victory by road tripping back to Perth, the 25-year-old is heading to Europe this week a more experienced player.

"Even though last year I had a terrible time, I am going to go over there more ready for what is to come," said Papadatos, who will tee it up in US Open qualifying at Walton Heath.

"I am definitely a better player than what I was when I went to Europe last year. I learnt a lot from that and I have done a lot of work.

"It’s a matter of getting the opportunities, I am playing well enough."

Bourke finished runner-up to Papdatos on 11 under, two shots clear of Victorian PGA champion Damien Jordan and Matthew Millar.

Rounding out the top five at eight under were Darren Beck and Jack Munro.

Papadatos moved to fourth on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.

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24 May 2018
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