Hannah Green and Dimi Papadatos – photo Golf Australia
Dimi Papadatos and Hannah Green have won their respective Vic Open Championships at 13th Beach today.
Papadatos won by a narrow one shot over New Zealander, Ben Campbell, after a tense battle over the closing stages of the final round on the Bellarine Peninsula, while Green had a much more comfortable time when winning by six shots over the Gold Coast’s Karis Davidson and her fellow West Australian Whitney Hillier..
For Papadatos the win is his 5th in his professional career, his 4th PGA Tour of Australasia title and his second Vic Open win after first winning in 2017.
For Green it was her first win at home in the paid ranks, but her third overall in addition to her two LPGA Tour victories, one of those a major title.
In addition to his win and the $74,000 first place cheque, Papadatos, along with Campbell and Victorian Matthew Griffin, have played their way into the field for the Open Championship later this year, the leading three players in this week’s men’s field earning a start at St Andrews in July.
“The Open is an added bonus,” said Papadatos. “I was just trying to get the win today so that was definitely the highlight. I’ll worry about The Open when it comes. To win this is outstanding.
“I’ve played the Dunhill Links about four times. I haven’t had much luck over there. I struggle in the cold and the wind so I’ve got a bit of work to do. But I’m just looking forward to it. It’s going to be awesome.
“I played Royal Portrush when I finished second at the Australian Open in 2019 and that was pretty cool. So I know what that’s all about now.”
“It’s been such a long time since my last win in Portugal in 2018 so I wasn’t sure I still had it in me,” added Papdatos jokingly
Campbell gave it his best but came up just one short although a start at The Open Championship in July is quite a consolation. “It’s always nice to finish second if you have a bonus like that,” said Campbell on securing his place at St Andrews, where he will make his debut appearance in a major championship.
“I shot six under to finish today and it’s going to be nice heading to St Andrews. I’ve played there quite a bit, a lot as an amateur. It should be awesome.”
Papadatos plays the Challenge Tour in Europe, frustratingly missing out on full European Tour status over the last few years but this win will go some way to earning one of the three DP World (European Tour) cards available to the leading three on the PGA Tour of Australasia money list at the end of the 2022 season.
Papadatos will likely move inside the top five following his win.
Campbell has won only once in a career plagued by injury and health issues but the former runner-up at both the Australian and New Zealand Amateur Championships is a significant talent and today gave Papadatos all he could handle as he kept the outcome alive until the final hole.
Green is Australia’s second highest ranked female after her fellow West Australian Minjee Lee and her class showed as she fought off LPGA Tour rookie in 2022, Davidson and yet another West Australian Ladies European Tour player, Whitney Hillier.
This was Green’s first start in 2022 ahead of another LPGA Tour campaign which begins in Singapore on March 3rd.
She took control of the event from Hillier following her third round of 68 and despite a slow start to her final round she never gave the others a chance as she powered home in 33 for her comfortable win.
Papadatos, Campbell and Griffin on their way to St Andrews – photo Golf Australia