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Australia's Steve Allan shot a two-under 68 in the final round to win the Australian Open on Sunday by one stroke, holding off challenges from American Rich Beem, Craig Parry and Aaron Baddeley.

Allan finished with a 12-under-par total of 198 in the 54-hole, A$1.5 million (US$0.84 million) event at Melbourne's Victoria Golf Club.

U.S. PGA champion Beem and Australian pair Parry and Baddeley shared second place, one shot behind Allan, after rounds of 69, 68 and 65 respectively.

Allan, a former German Open winner, held his nerve in a tense final round as the higher profile trio all made birdies on the closing holes.

Parry, the world number 39, has won on the U.S. Tour this year while Beem is seventh on the U.S. Tour money list and Baddeley, 21, is a two-time Australian Open winner.

Melbourne-born Allan, 29, admitted he had lost concentration midway through his round after carding birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to lead the field by three strokes.

"I hit a few loose shots towards the end there," Allan said.

"I did just enough to hang on. I think my biggest problem was getting ahead of myself a couple of times.

"With the three-putt (for a bogey five on the par-four) on 13, I looked up on the board and I was three in front and I thought 'whoo'.

"After that, that probably helped me keep my focus," added Melbourne-born Allan, who is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Beem, who made four birdies and three bogeys, said he was disappointed he had not taken advantage of his opportunities.

Young American Charles Howell III, who started the day one shot behind joint leaders Beem and Allan, shot an even-par 70 on Sunday to share sixth place on nine-under par 201 with Australia's Adam Crawford, who carded a 66, and former Australian Open champion Robert Allenby, who had a 65.

Australia's Gavin Coles was fifth on 10-under par 200, one stroke ahead of the trio.

The first round was abandoned and all the scores wiped on Thursday afternoon because the rock-hard greens were deemed unplayable, forcing the Australian Golf Union to cut the tournament to 54 holes.

Some of golf's biggest names, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson, are former winners of the Australian Open, first held in 1904.

198 Steve Allan 66 64 68

199 Aaron Baddeley 70 64 65, Craig Parry 66 65 68, Rich Beem (USA) 66 64 69

200 Gavin Coles 68 64 68

201 Robert Allenby 71 65 65, Adam Crawford 67 68 66, Charles Howell III (USA) 65 66 70

202 Adam Scott 69 64 69

203 Geoff Ogilvy 66 70 67

204 Richard Green 71 69 64, Chris Downes 66 71 67

205 Scott Laycock 69 72 64, Phil Tataurangi (Nzl) 73 67 65

206 Richard Moir 72 68 66, Craig Carmichael 70 69 67, James McLean 69 69 68, Peter Lonard 69 68 69, Craig Jones 70 67 69

207 Greg Chalmers 73 69 65, Paul Sheehan 74 66 67, Mathew Goggin 72 67 68, Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 70 68 69, Peter O'Malley 71 65 71, Jason King 70 65 72

208 Jarrod Moseley 74 67 67, Peter Fowler 71 70 67, Alan Patterson 70 70 68, Jens Nilsson (Swe) 67 70 71

209 Scott Hend 70 70 69, John Senden 68 70 71, Rod Pampling 70 67 72, Andrew Tschudin 68 68 73, Stuart Appleby 67 68 74

210 Wayne Riley 72 71 67, Andrew Buckle 70 72 68, Leigh McKechnie 71 71 68, Peter Senior 69 72 69, Nick O'Hern 69 71 70, Steven Alker (Nzl) 69 69 72, Steven Conran 69 69 72, Wayne Grady 67 68 75

211 Michael Long (Nzl) 69 72 70, Stephen Leaney 73 68 70, David McKenzie 69 69 73

212 Nathan Gatehouse 72 71 69, Anthony Painter 70 73 69, Westley Rudel 68 75 69, Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 71 70 71, Tony Carolan 74 67 71, Nick Dougherty (Eng) 70 71 71, Mal Baker 69 69 74

213 Jason Norris 71 72 70, Andrew Webster 70 73 70, Marcus Wheelhouse (Nzl) 74 69 70, Andre Stolz 72 71 70, Tommy De Wit 69 73 71

214 Michael Wright 73 69 72, Bob Shearer 70 70 74

215 Greg Turner (Nzl) 69 74 72, Alastair Sidford (Nzl) 74 69 72, Ernie Rose (Hkg) 72 71 72, Mark Allen 70 68 77

216 Jarrod Lyle 73 68 75, James Nitties 68 70 78

218 Neil Kerry 73 70 75


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