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Greg Chalmers wins in epic playoff

December 14, 2014

Australia's Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship following a dramatic seven-hole playoff against world No.3 Adam Scott on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

Scott had four opportunities to successfully defend his title with birdie putts during the marathon playoff at Royal Pines but failed to convert them.

When he then missed a four-foot putt for par on the seventh playoff hole, it allowed Dallas-based Chalmers to seal the win with a near tap-in.

"Just phenomenal, I'm worn out," two-time Australian Open champion Chalmers said.

"I was all over the place... really excited and thrilled."

The playoff, the longest in history for a tier one tournament in Australia, started with three players after Scott, Chalmers and another Australian Wade Ormsby finished level on 11-under.

Left-hander Chalmers won his first Australian PGA Championship in 2011, also following a three-way playoff.

Ormsby forced his way into the sudden death shoot-out with a long putt on the 18th hole to complete a one-under 71 fourth round.

He had a brilliant chance to win the title on the second playoff hole but missed a putt of just four and a half feet.

On the third playoff hole, Ormsby's brave bid for a second professional win faded as he went wide on his approach and his rivals both made birdie.

Chalmers's putting proved the difference after he had nailed eight birdies during his final round to post a tournament low eight-under-par 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Scott regularly failed to sink birdie putts and was made to pay for his profligacy. But he said it was his approach shots to the green that weren't good enough.

"I didn't hit it close enough today to the hole," he 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," he added.

Adam Scott joins leaders

December 13, 2014

Defending champion Adam Scott and fellow Australians Scott Strange and Wade Ormsby were tied for the lead after three rounds at the Australian PGA championship, with American Boo Weekley one stroke behind.

Scott shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday while Strange and overnight leader Ormsby had 71s for 54-hole totals of 10-under 206 on the Royal Pines resort course.

Weekley, playing in Australia for the third time in four weeks, also shot 69 and was tied for fourth with Australian Jason Scrivener, who shot 68. Weekley provided one of the shots of the day when he chipped in for an eagle on the par-5 12th.

American Scott Stallings shot 68 and was tied for seventh, four strokes behind.

Australian Jarrod Lyle, back playing regularly after recovering from his second bout of leukemia, shot 70 and was in a group tied for ninth at 5-under, five behind.

Strange was ahead by a stroke with two to play but a bogey on the 17th dropped him into a tie with Scott. Ormsby made a long birdie putt on the 18th to join them in the lead.

Scott failed to convert several birdie chances.

''It was tough conditions so on a day like today it's less frustrating to see a few slide by because most people are struggling,'' Scott said. ''Scoring wasn't great today ... I kind of got away with that. If that's the case tomorrow, then I'll probably not win.''

For that reason, Scott said he'll try to get off to a quick start.

''It's the best thing I can do for so many reasons to give myself the advantage,'' Scott said. ''Whether it's a-crowd cheering perspective or just a rhythm of the tournament perspective. Any of these guys can get off to a good start and there's no reason why not.''

Wade Ormsby and Scott Strange share lead

December 12, 2014

Australians Wade Ormsby and Scott Strange upstaged defending champion Adam Scott to lead the Australian PGA Championship after the second round at Royal Pines on Friday.

Ormsby shot a five-under-par 67, highlighted by a six-hole run including an eagle and four birdies on his front nine to storm into contention at the third and final Australian major of the season.

Strange, a two-time European Tour winner, joined Ormsby on nine-under when he birdied the last to complete a six-under 66 in the best round of the day.

The pair head into Saturday's third round two shots clear of world number three Scott, who backed up an opening round 68 with a three-under 69 to be in third on seven under.

Ormsby, who once rented a property from the 2013 US Masters champion Scott during their fledging playing days in Europe, said it would be exciting to take on his mate for the tournament's Joe Kirkwood cup.

"It's good, that's what you dream of growing up," Ormsby said.

"There's plenty of guys, Rory (McIlroy) or the guys in America -- I played university with Matt Kuchar -- you play with them all the time.

"Yes, they are higher-ranked players but you do feel a lot more comfortable in their presence because you know them."

Scott's round featured four birdies and a bogey but he said he was feeling happy with his game.

After slow starts at both the Australian Masters and Australian Open, Scott is hopeful his improving form will carry him to a title before he ends his 2014 campaign.

"It's big for me," he said. "Energy levels are getting low and you can see the end of the line but I'm pushing through.

"I'm doing my usual routines and not cutting any corners, I really want to finish off with a win and hang on to a trophy this year."

Boo Weekley leads Australian PGA

December 11, 2014

Boo Weekley made five birdies and an eagle on his way to a 6-under 66 at the Australian PGA on Thursday and a two-stroke lead over a group that included defending champion Adam Scott.

Weekley and Scott finished their rounds on the Royal Pines layout before lightning caused afternoon play to be suspended. Australian Marc Leishman, at 3-under after nine holes, was the only late-starting player on the leaderboard.

Australians Wade Ormsby, James Marchesani and Craig Hancock and New Zealander David Smail joined Scott with 68s. Jarrod Lyle, back playing regularly after recovering from his second bout of leukemia, shot 69.

Weekley, playing a third Australian tournament in four weeks, says ''I struck the ball solid, kept it in play, hit one bad drive and got away with it.''

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