IN CONTENTION: Rhein Gibson tees off during the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney last month. Gibson finished equal second yesterday in the NSW PGA Championship at Bungool.
IN CONTENTION: Rhein Gibson tees off during the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney last month. Gibson finished equal second yesterday in the NSW PGA Championship at Bungool. DEAN LEWINS

Gibson finishes equal second in PGA at Riverside Oaks

LISMORE golfer Rhein Gibson finished equal second in the NSW PGA Championship at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

He finished 11-under par 60 to tie with four other golfers after the final round yesterday.

West Australian Jarryd Felton won the event at Bungool in the Hawkesbury region by two strokes with a tournament total of 13-under-par 275.

Gibson shot a four-under 68 in the second round and led at the halfway point.

He looked as though he would be the individual leader on 11-under heading into the final round, however a bogey to finish on the 18th meant he shared the honour with Lucas Herbert.

He was the highest ranked player in the tournament and has been back from the United States playing a string of tournaments in Australia in recent weeks.

The Lismore junior this year earned a 2016 US PGA Tour card after his top-10 finish in the second tier Web.com Tour.

"Disappointing finish over the last few holes but the wind was tricky and it was hard to read (during the third round)," Gibson said.

"I'll tell you a low light, I doubled the first. I just hit a shot down there and it leaked into the water.

"But I birdied my next three holes so I was back under par.

"It's cool to have my PGA Tour card and be playing here and be in contention.

"If they (his playing partners) want to learn some stuff from me that's great but at the end of the day I want to win just as much as they do."

Gibson, 29, shot a course record in the Australian PGA at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast last week.



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