Jordan Loof Emerges Victorious After a Marathon Day of Golf
Jordan Loof showcased his endurance, skill, and mental fortitude as he emerged victorious in the Brian Green Property Group NZ Super 6's, his first Jennian Homes Charles Tour title. Despite playing 35 holes in the shortened Super 6 Sunday shootout format, he managed to beat Jared Edwards in a tense final at Manawatu Golf Club on the fourth playoff hole.
Loof faced a challenging path to the final, as he qualified tenth after 54 holes of stroke play to decide the seeds heading into the medal match play today. He played Jake Meenhorst, Sam An, and Junhyong Lim before meeting Sung Jin Yeo in the semifinals. The pair couldn't be separated after six holes and needed extra holes to decide who would progress to the final against Auckland amateur Jared Edwards. Loof hit an aggressive shot to the short 97-metre playoff hole and rolled in a six-foot birdie putt to book his place in the final.
In the final, Edwards and Loof went shot for shot early until Loof birdied the fifth to lead by one going into the final hole of regular play. However, Edwards produced a magnificent birdie of his own to force extra holes again. The pair made pars the first three times in the sudden-death playoff. Loof took the initiative and went straight at the flag again, hitting his approach to around the same distance he did in the semifinal but from the other side of the hole. He rolled in the winning putt and let out all his emotions as he realized he had won his first Jennian Homes Charles Tour event.
"I can't express how happy I am; I've had a few close calls on Jennian Homes Charles Tour events and I've missed a few key putts when it mattered most," Loof said. "To see a couple of them slide early was a little daunting, but I couldn't be happier to see one of them drop when it mattered."
Loof had been in a playoff before, losing to James Hydes at the Autex Muriwai Open in 2020. He drew on his past experiences to manage his nerves and focus on his game plan. "It's important to acknowledge it's okay to feel like that; it just means you care and that I'm doing all the right things," Loof said. "What I tried to bring this time was some intensity, and I believed that this was my tournament, and I'm going to go out there and win it."
Despite the grueling Super 6 format, Loof kept his focus and managed to make something happen on the fourth playoff hole to secure his victory. "Playoff holes are hard. In the end, I thought one of us has got to seize the moment and try and make something happen. Thankfully, I was the one to do that," he said.