2011 Fabio Rossini

Year of The Cat

After a round of golf at one of the world’s finest golf courses, there was everything still to play for with at least eight players still in contention in what would become one of the closest finishes in Woodpecker history.

Two of the greatest players who will never win a Woodpecker, Flight and Woodley stood atop of the leaderboard followed by two that never want to win it again in former champions Weak and Traill. It was also testament to the strength of the Swans team with three players in the top four.

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Day 2

With the world in a global financial crisis and all his customers losing their money, a beacon of light shined on Ross in Wanaka that was to change his life forever.

Playing in a golf tournament that he created some 13 years prior, Ross came up with his best ever tournament round to surge past overnight leader Mick Fight to a win by the narrowest of margins.

Flights’ combined total of 80 would have won him the title in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 – something that would have given him consolation after finishing bridesmaid for the second year running (after finishing second to Yawn Morsely with a score that would have won him the title in 2004 and a playoff in 2006 and 2007).

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The leading group celebrates with Flight thinking he had won

Tragedy was to befold Flight however when after a superb tee shot he found out from the waiting gallery that Ross had made 46 stableford points and he folded like a deck of cards as he chobbled his way up the fairway and out of the tournament – unbeknownst to him was the fact that all he needed to do was simply get on the green in regulation and 4 putt.

Nevertheless nothing can be taken away from Ross who had shot his best ever round in a Woodpecker and in doing so was a deserved champion.

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