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Doig sinks play-off birdie to clinch title

By Colin ThompsonIan Doig birdied the first play-off hole to capture a maiden Bacardi Par3 National Championship at Fairmont Southampton yesterday.

The former Canadian Tour player struck form with the putter when it mattered most to upstage defending champion Nick Taylor and pocket the $4,500 winner’s purse.

Doig nailed a 14-foot birdie putt at the 18th to clinch the championship after his tee shot with a wedge landed to the left of the pin.

But first he had to endure some nervous moments as Taylor’s birdie putt from the fringe of the green rolled inches past the right side of the cup.

“When his putt was half-way to the hole I thought it was in actually. He made a great putt,” said Doig.

The Canadian also birdied the last hole in regulation to force the play-off with Taylor after both men completed the tournament at one-over-par.

“I had to make my putt to get into the play-off, and I did,” Doig said. “Nick hit a great golf shot and almost holed it for one and then I made the putt to get into the play-offs.”

As for his clinical shot to the green in the play-off, Doig said: “I just tried to hit a solid golf shot and had the honour to put a little pressure on him.”

The past Bermuda Open and Gosling’s Invitational winner’s back-to-back birdies at the death were only his second and third of the tournament.

“I only made three twos for the whole tournament (first hole, 36th and play-off) so everything else inbetween was just solid golf,” he said. “But I made them (birdies) at the right time.

“I thoroughly enjoy being here and to come back and enjoy more success feels good. I can’t say enough about coming back to Bermuda and winning.

“I like it down here and I am always happy to be in Bermuda.”

Doig came from as many as three shots back to win his first Par3 Championship.

Equally as dramatic was the play-off between Katrin Burnie and Katyna Rabain for the ladies title.

Rabain two-putted for the championship after Burnie’s putt to save par rolled just to the right of the cup.

“I am really excited and my heart is still pumping,” said Rabain.

“I didn’t look nervous, but my heart was pumping out there.

“I just wanted to use the same club (eight iron) I used the first time (at the 18th) and on the putting just try and get it close.”

Elsewhere, Nick Mansell (111) won the amateur division by a comfortable five shots over nearest rival Fraser Hunt (116) to successfully defend his crown.

The Port Royal superintendent carded rounds of 56 and 55 to finish at three-over-par for the tournament.

“I was very pleased especially since I haven’t been playing a whole bunch this year,” Mansell said. “This was only my sixth round of golf and so I am very happy with the way I played.

“The course in great shape and it played well and consistent.”

So far no other golfer other than Mansell has won the amateur division at the Championship.

In the senior division, Hav Trott (122) won by a single shot over Canadian Ross Ballanntyne (123) after carding identical rounds of seven-over-par 61.

Trott came from seven shots back to win the title after day one leader Winston Coe Trott fell off the pace.

Ian Doig

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Published March 26, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 26, 2012 at 9:53 am)

Doig sinks play-off birdie to clinch title

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