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GOLD COAST---Greg Chalmers
made par on the seventh hole of
a playoff while Adam Scott three-
putted for bogey to hand the Aus-
tralian lefthander the Australian
Chalmers, who shot an 8-under
64 yesterday at Royal Pines after
trailing the leaders by seven
strokes going into the final round,
and Scott and Wade Ormsby, who
both shot 71, finished with 72-
hole totals of 11-under 277.
Ormsby dropped out of the
playoff when he made par on the
third playoff hole, while Chalmers
and Scott birdied.
Scott missed a 12-foot birdie
putt on the first playoff hole that
would have won it, and did the
same on the second extra hole,
when Ormsby missed from seven
Chalmers finished his round
about an hour before the other
two players in the playoff. He won
the Australian PGA Championship
in 2011, also following a three-
Scott had four opportunities to
win the Joe Kirkwood Cup with
birdie putts during the playoff but
failed to make any. When he
missed a four-foot putt for par
on the seventh playoff hole, it
allowed Chalmers to seal the win
with a near tap-in.
"Just phenomenal, I m worn
out," the 41-year-old Chalmers
said. "I was all over the place ...
really excited and thrilled."
The playoff was the longest for
a top-tier tournament in Australia.
On the third playoff hole,
Ormsby s bid for a second pro win
faded as he went wide on his
"It was nice to get into the play-
off there," Ormsby said. "I didn t
think I was going to get in, but
yeah, a little bit disappointed."
Chalmers putting proved to be
the difference after he made eight
birdies during his fourth round to
post a tournament-low round.
It ended a disappointing three
tournaments in four weeks in Aus-
tralia for Scott, who announced
Friday that he and his wife were
expecting their first child in Feb-
Last year, Scott won the Aus-
tralian PGA and Australian Mas-
ters and lost the Australian Open
--- the third leg of the Australian
Triple Crown and the final Aus-
tralian major of the season ---
when Rory McIlroy birdied the
18th hole on the final day at Royal
This year, Scott failed to defend
his PGA and Masters titles. And
he played two weeks ago in Sydney
when American Jordan Spieth shot
a final-round 63 to win by eight
strokes at the Australian Open.
Scott was nine strokes behind at
The Australian and was tied for
Scott said yesterday that his
short irons weren t good enough.
"I didn t hit it close enough
today to the hole," Scott said. "It
wasn t like I missed 10 footers
today all day long. When you hit
it outside 25 feet, there is almost
the same chance you are going to
three-putt as two-putt on tour.
You have to hit it closer." (AP)
Australia's Greg Chalmers plays off wood chips in the rough on the 16th
hole during the final round of the Australian Open golf championship in
Sydney, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chalmers grabs Gold Coast crown
Westwood won his second Thailand
Golf Championship with a one-
stroke victory over Australian Mar-
cus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of
Germany at the Amata Spring
Country Club yesterday.
The 2011 champion was in a
three-way lead with Fraser and
Kaymer on 8 under with two holes
to go but the German bogeyed the
17th while the Australian missed an
easy par putt on the 18th, giving
Westwood, who was watching in the
clubhouse, the victory.
Westwood came back from two
straight bogeys at the start of his
final round to fire seven birdies for
a 67 and an 8-under 280 total.
"I didn t start well and I knew I
needed to shoot good scores," West-
wood said. "I played some really
good shots and made a couple of
safe putts, hit a lot of fairways.
"This win is more special than in
2011 as then I was having a big lead,"
added Westwood, who has won
eight Asian Tour titles.
Overnight leader Fraser, who
started the day with a two-stroke
cushion, carded five birdies against
two bogeys for a 281 to finish joint-
second along with US Open cham-
The result assures Fraser of an
entry into the British Open as one
of the four leading players at the
Thailand Golf Championship who
had not already qualified.
"That s why I came up here to try
and do - get one of those spots at
the (British) Open at St Andrews
next year so it s great, I m excited.
I played there in 2005, the first major
I ever played, and was jumping out
of my skin on the first tee. But hope-
fully I will be a bit calmer next year,"
said Fraser, who has not won an
Asian Tour title since victory in
Korea four years ago.
Apart from Fraser, Australian Scott
Hend, who finished fifth with a 284,
American Jonathan Moore and
India s Anirban Lahiri, both in joint-
sixth with 285s, took the remaining
Despite finishing at 6 over 294,
American David Lipsky finished the
year as the top player on the Asian
Tour with total prize money of
Lee Westwood of England...made it
second win in Thailand. AP PHOTO
Westwood makes it two in Thailand
MALELANE---Branden Grace held his
nerve on the final day to win the
Alfred Dunhill Championship by seven
shots at Leopard Creek Country Club
The South African started the day
with a one-shot advantage over Lucas
Bjerregaard, but quickly gained breath-
ing space when the Dane had a bogey
on the first and Grace birdied the sec-
ond. Bjerregaard fell away badly there-
after to card a 17-over 89, while Grace
went on to record a four-under 68 and
finish with a 20-under 268 for the
Fellow South African Louis Oost-
huizen ended as Grace s closest chal-
lenger on 13-under, while Trevor Fisher
Junior, Andrew Johnston and Danny
Willett were three shots back in third.
Grace takes Dunhill title by seven shots
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