Dwayne Pearman produces podium display at Jamaica Open
Dwayne Pearman rallied on the final day to secure a spot on the podium while competing at the 2021 Jamaica Open Presented by Aquabay Resort.
The experienced professional carded a one-over 73 in the final round to finish the 54-hole championship at 19-over 235.
The late fightback enabled Pearman to secure runners-up honours in the senior division and a share of 33rd overall along with Joseph D'Alfonso, of Canada, and Zachary Allen Ramey, of the United States, among the field of 51 professional and amateur players.
“I enjoyed it and had fun, that’s what I went for,” Pearman, who pocketed $2,000 in prize money, told The Royal Gazette. “I just wanted to have a good time on the golf course.
“Nowadays I don’t stress any more; I just go out there and have fun and see what I can do.
“I like to try and compete against the young boys. But this time the young boys were tough.
“I played good the last day. The first two days I played worse, but the last day I came back strong.”
Pearman, whose final round contained three bogeys and two birdies, felt he could’ve fared even better had he executed with the putter.
“I’m hitting the ball good but I feel my putting is letting me down,” he added.
“‘I have to start scoring again. I’m not scoring like I used to only because of my putting, but I’m striking the ball okay.”
Pearman, who celebrated his 59th birthday this week, was equally as thrilled to have finally fulfilled a dream of playing at the 6,756-yard, par-72 Tryall Golf Club layout in Hanover.
“I heard it was a nice golf course and always wanted to play it from way back in the 90s,” he said. “I finally got an opportunity to play it and I was happy that I did. The golf course is really nice.
“They used to play the Johnnie Walker there in the early 90s. It was like a PGA Tour event, a big tournament.”
Pearman has already set his sights on competing in the championship again next year.
“I can’t wait to go back next year and play it again,” he added. “I’m looking forward to going back next year.
“I really want to play it again next year because I think I can play good on that golf course.
“I’m hitting the ball well. I hit it better than what I scored, so I’m really looking forward to going back next year and playing it again.”
Michael Maguire won the event after beating fellow American Ryan Sullivan in a dramatic sudden-death play-off after both players finished tied at eight-under par 208.
Maguire made a long birdie putt to seal the deal on the first extra hole which his rival, who shot the day’s lowest round of nine-under 65, parred.
Stephen Grant, also of the United States, finished one shot back in third to complete his country’s sweep of the podium.
The championship was held from November 15 -17.