Millar touch retains Murray Open title | Canberra Times

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Matt Millar claimed a three-stroke victory at golf’s Murray Open, proving that precision can still beat strength. Millar, 45, battled southerly winds and a string of strong youths blowing in the Murray Downs on Friday, a day after he set his previous course record on fire with 64. short game. In the first regional qualifier for next year’s Golf Challenge NSW Open, this allowed him to keep out impressive Queenslanders Charlie Dann (-7) and Elvis Smylie (-6), while Wondonga’s Daniel Gill was low amateur, again in six-six. “I’m really happy about it,” Millar said after pocketing $9,000 for his second win of the week after his win at the Cohuna pro-am on the Swan Hill road. “I coached a lot during Covid so it’s great to go out and play well off the blocks.” Remarkably, Millar made just one bogey in the 36-hole event, especially given Friday’s test wind. Dann fought early and fell overnight at number 39 from third place to equal third on the leaderboard. However, Sunshine Coaster caught fire on the back nine and played an eagle on the par-5 12th hole at 31. Young Smylie had the best tour of the day, with a 68 points out of the group taking their fourth top three finish in their last five starts in Australia. Gill’s impressive second-round 70 allowed him to earn one of three places offered — for those yet to qualify — to play at the NSW Open in Concord in March. He will be joined in that field by NSW pair Lohn Lyras and former 2008 champion Aaron Townsend of his home state Open. Australian Associated Press

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