Sentosa, Singapore, May 12: For three days, Brad Kennedy was largely out of the radar at the 101st New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sport.
Even as a 17-year-old Korean whiz kid, Joohyung Kim hogged the spotlight after holding the lead for three rounds, the Australian was already plotting his way back to lifting the New Zealand Open trophy again.
The 45-year-old last held aloft the prized trophy in 2011 and showed that his vast years of experience still counts over his younger rivals even as he contemplates putting aside his golf clubs for good.
The global COVID-19 pandemic may have temporarily disrupted the Asian Tour season, but it does not stop us from revisiting Kennedy’s moment of glory at the Millbrook Resort in March.
By Brad Kennedy
I just ground it out and really tried to play within my game as much as I could. I just let my putter do the talking today and I’m just relieved, and to do this again after nine years is just unbelievable.
I didn’t look at a leader board all day. I actually posted a number in my head last night, 21 was the number, and I didn’t think I would be able to reach it. But I just knew that this course was out there to be had and it was playing unbelievable.
I was gutted after the Queensland PGA and Open last month (February) and I actually didn’t want to play as I was that mentally destroyed by what happened. To do that today under that sort of pressure and overcome that, I’m just really proud of myself.
I have always said 2020 would be my last year. I’ve been playing 25 years on Tour and it was time to get home and spend some more time with my kids and wife. But who knows now? If I can still do it at 45 then I don’t know what’s going to happen.