11 Feb 19
Simon Lilly recorded a three-shot victory in the 19th staging of the Scottsdale Classic Pro-Am which once again served up an action-packed week in the Arizona desert.
Defending champion Billy Hemstock made a positive start in the 72-hole tournament by opening with a 67 at the exclusive FireRock Country Club, one of Scottsdale's top private clubs.
Breezy conditions at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club's scenic Cholla Course saw Darren Prosser and Paul Nessling pull themselves into contention after battling to a score of 70.
After a disappointing second round, Hemstock fought back with a superb 66 at We-Ko-Pa’s Saguaro course, but there were four other PGA Professionals in the hunt heading into the final round at TPC Scottsdale, home of the PGA Tour Phoenix Open event.
Hemstock, Prosser, Nessling, Adam Hickling and Lilly were all within one shot of each other, but it was the latter who shot one-under-par, which included a birdie a the infamous 16th hole, to claim victory by three shots, with Prosser runner-up and Nessling finished third.
The Pro-Am Team event resulted in victory for Bruce Whipham's team of Ian Bullions, Simon Bullions and James Rock. Kirby Muxloe Professional Whipham has played in all 19 Scottsdale events, and the win was greeted with much celebration.
The Scottsdale Classic Pro-Am is just one of The American Golf Holiday’s Pro-Am Tour events, others include The California Classic, The Arizona Classic, The Pinehurst Classic, The Sawgrass Classic (following The PGA Tour's PLAYERS Championship) and The Pro-Am Tour at Pebble Beach.
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