Todd Sinnott – after a horror run of injury and illness the former impressive amateur wins again

29-year-old Victorian, Todd Sinnott, has won his second title as a professional with a one shot win over Anthony Quayle and Daniel Gale in the PGA Tour of Australasia’s TPS Victoria event at the Rosebud Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula.

Sinnott began the final round tied in the lead with veteran Richard Green but at one stage actually fell three shots behind the lead which was then held by recent Queensland PGA Champion Anthony Quayle.

Quayle moved to 6 under par through 10 holes of his final round and actually led by three but mistakes from the tee at the 15th and 17th holes along with a missed five foot birdie putt at the last would cost him a chance of back to back wins.

Three birdies in four holes while Quayle was dropping shots took Sinnott to the lead and an impressive two putt from 70 feet or so at the last secured Sinnott his first win since the 2017 Myanmar Open, a victory which also earned him the right to play the Japan Tour as that event was jointly sanctioned between the Asian and Japan Tours.

Injury (back) and issues surrounding Covid have curtailed the progress of the long hitting Sinnott over the last two years but at his best he was one of Australia’s better amateurs before turning professional, and now he appears to be playing injury free, his professional career is building momentum.

Quayle’s share of runner-up place with the man he edged out at the recent Queensland PGA Championship in Brisbane, Daniel Gale, moved him into third place behind Jed Morgan and Andrew Dodt on the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit, the significance of that being that the leading three players at season’s end will secure playing rights to the DP World (European Tour in 2023.

Sinnott was clearly delighted to have survived the demands of the last two years and his return to the winner’s circle which many felt might have come earlier given the encouraging start he made to his professional career

“I’m not going to lie, it was really, really hard,” he said after the win referring to his difficult times over the last two years. “But I have a belief and I practise my butt off. My coach Denis (McDade), I don’t think I’d be here without his help. I honestly don’t believe I’d be here. I think we can go places together.”

Sinnott will improve his world ranking from just outside the top 800 to just outside the top 500.

Welsh golfer Lydia Hall led the women’s event while 17 year old Michael Song won the junior event played in conjunction with the main championship.

Lydia Hall of Wales – won the women’s title – photo PGA of Australia