Laycock Secures Maiden Title at Victorian


Scott Laycock came from behind on Sunday to post a 7-under-par 65 and grab the first Australasian Tour victory of his career at the Victorian Open.
Finishing with a total score of 18-under 270 over the Cranbourne Golf Club, the hometown boy from Melbourne began his day a stroke off the pace, but ended a full three shots clear of the field. Richard Green finished outright second at 15-under, and James McLean captured solo third, courtesy of a final day 64.
For Laycock, the victory comes following six long years on tour which have seen him come close to winning, but never quite able to close the deal on the final day. Laycock silenced many of his critics Sunday with his 65.
'It's been a long time coming,' he said. 'I've been in this position a lot, so this means a lot. It's unbelievable. What do you say? Everyone says you put in the work and eventually it comes, and it did.'
Recently, the 29 year-old Laycock has indeed been putting in the work. Specifically, he has been diligently practicing his wedge game, and credited fellow Victorian resident and tour player Euan Walters with helping him control his distances.
'He's renowned for his wedge game,' Laycock said of Walters, 'and he just really honed into me how important it is to just practice distances.'
Late birdies at the par-5 16th and par-4 17th holes cinched the day for Laycock, and he was able to stroll down the last knowing that he had finally done it.
'There's no better feeling going down the 18th with a win or a chance of winning,' a teary-eyed Laycock said following his round.
But then, when asked if he would follow in Nick O'Hern's footsteps in buying a new Audi following his recent strong showing at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Laycock laughed and said, 'I might buy a VW! But no, really it's just all about the little trophy. You want your name on the trophy, and money is irrelevant.'