Brown wins NZ PGA as Hall falters

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A shaky finish has cost overnight leader Ashley Hall the NZ PGA Championship at the Clearwater Resort and Golf Club.

A shaky finish has cost overnight leader Ashley Hall of Australia the New Zealand PGA Championship at the Clearwater Resort and Golf Club.

Hall, who led the first three rounds, let slip the chance of victory with a bogey at 18, his closing 1-over 73 and 7-under 281 total tying him on top of the leaderboard with strong-finishing Mitchell Brown, a fellow Australian.

Brown had earlier stormed in with a birdie-birdie-par finish for a vital 68 that later put him into a play-off with Hall which he then went on to win at the first extra hole when Hall’s game continued to unravel.

It was advantage Brown after the pair teed off in the sudden-death play-off, but this transferred to Hall when he found the front of the green and Brown came up short with his approach shot.

The advantage went back to Brown when chipped his third dead and Hall ran his first putt 10 feet past the hole.

Hall missed coming back, leaving Brown to make a simple tap-pin for victory.

In the closing stages, home favourite Grant Moorhead had also climbed into the picture, but he blew himself out of the race when he made bogeys on the last two holes to miss the play off by just the one shot.

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