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Allenby retains Australian PGA title

Defending champion Robert Allenby has won the Australian PGA Championship by one stroke in a dramatic finish at the par-72 Royal Queensland course in Brisbane.

Allenby took a two-shot lead over playing partner and fellow Australian Geoff Ogilvy into the final hole and made par after missing the green with his approach while Ogilvy had a birdie to almost force a playoff.

Allenby, 30, the world number 26, had a four-round total of 15-under par 273 (65-69-70-69) while Ogilvy, 24, had 14-under par 274 (71-66-68-69) in the A$1million (US$520,000) tournament.

Allenby, a winner twice on the U.S. Tour in 2000 and 2001, became the first player to win consecutive Australian PGA Championships since former world number one Greg Norman in 1984-85.

New Zealand's Gareth Paddison, making his professional debut, and Australia's Craig Parry were equal third on 11-under 277.

Matthew Goggin (66-71-70-71) was outright fifth on 10-under 278 while 46-year-old Norman (68-73-72-66) created some excitement earlier in the day with a final round of six-under par to surge up the leaders' board, eventually finishing outright sixth on nine-under 279.

Allenby had held a one-stroke lead after each round of the tournament and showed a steady hand on the par-four 18th to hole a seven-foot putt for par after Ogilvy had sent a hard-hit birdie attempt from 35 feet into the back of the cup.



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