Lawson defies nerves to win WA Open
Victorian Deyen Lawson has won the WA Open by two-shots but also nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the process.
Lawson led by as many as nine shots on the front nine before two back-nine bogeys and a double bogey left the door ajar for Queensland Michael Sim four shots back just three holes from the finish.
Sim (18 under) birdied the last to narrow the lead to two but Lawson (20 under) went onto to par to hang on to a nervy win.
18-year-old Queenslander Chris Wood finished third at 16 under while Sydney Amateur Jeffrey Guan finished fourth at 14 under.
Lawson who is a four time runner up on the PGA Tour of Australasia said winning was never easy.
"Sometimes if you're that far in front... you try not to have thoughts creep in but I just kept pushing and pushing.
"Through nine I might have got nine shots ahead and then thought, Now just hang on. Which was not the right thing to do.
"In future I know that if I've ever got a good lead I need to just keep pushing until I finish. Really keep firing."
In the WA Open All Abilities Championship the winner was New South Welshman Cameron Pollard.
IMAGE: PGA Tour of Australasia