4 Mar 2013

Hendry in right frame of mind for biggest test

12:43 pm on 4 March 2013

New Zealand's top-ranked golfer Michael Hendry is on his way to Florida for a 10.5 million dollar PGA tour event in the right frame of mind after a successful defence of his New Zealand PGA championship title at the Hills in Arrowtown.

Hendry had spent much of the week trying to iron out one or two problems with his swing, and it all came together on the final day.

He made a flying start to the final round with three straight birdies, but he was taken to a sudden death playoff by the Australian Scott Strange.

The Aucklander won it with a birdie, collecting 99-thousand dollars.

Two more home players Gareth Paddison and Josh Geary tied for third, and Jared Pender and Steven Alker tied for 8th, making it six New Zealanders in the top-10.

In Florida, Hendry will lineup in a select field of just 60, including 49 of the world's top-50 ranked players.

He earned his ticket to the tournament after finishing second on last year's Australasian PGA money list.