Bird has Wentworth Open trophy in the hand

CONSISTENCY helped Jarryd Bird win his first Wentworth Open title on the weekend.

The Bathurst golfer carded rounds of even par 70 on Saturday and one-under 69 yesterday for his 139 total.

He finished two shots ahead of runner-up Robert Payne (68, 73-141).

Bird was happy with his winning performance. 

“It’s been a long time coming,” Bird said.

“Everything is going pretty well. This is my first time carding one-under for a two-day tournament.”

The 20-year-old had three birdies and three bogeys on his way to an even par 70 on Saturday.

Things were a little more interesting yesterday as Bird was in the same playing group as Payne.

“It was a good battle,” Bird said.

“I was two behind on Saturday. It was a bit of a chase today. When (Payne) eagled the first I thought I was in for a hard day. He had a double (bogey) and that brought it back a bit.”

Bird was able to hang on for the win.

Payne set the pace on Saturday with his two-under 68 but was closely followed by fellow Duntryleague golfer Rob Parfett (69), who had won the Orange Ex-Services’ and Blayney opens the previous two weekends.

Bird’s win showed off his good form which helped the two-marker to a top 30 finish at last month’s NSW Country Championships.

He finished tied for 27th after his rounds of 74 and 77 (151) at Muswellbrook Golf Club.

He was also tied for 11th in the handicap standings with his 145 (71, 74).

After winning his first Wentworth Open, Bird was keen to get back to familiar territory.

“It’s been a long month,” he said.

“I haven’t played at home [Bathurst] since the open. I’m looking forward to getting back there.”

The open season might be finished but that doesn’t mean Bird will be taking it easy.

“I’d like to try and get down to scratch or plus by the end of the summer. It’s just something to aim for,” he said.

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