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Richard Green winsAustralian Masters in playoff

Richard Green produced a stunning approach shot to win the Australian Masters in a playoff from David McKenzie and Greg Chalmers at Huntingdale golf course on Sunday.

The trio had tied on 17-under-par 271 at the completion of the fourth round.

The 31-year-old Green played a perfect second shot on the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and tapped in for a birdie from one metre.

Western Australia's Chalmers fired a fourth round of seven-under-par 65, while Green had a 67.

Overnight leader McKenzie, from Melbourne, struggled to card an even-par 72 but produced a stunning five-metre putt for birdie on the final hole to force the playoff.

Brad Kennedy (69), Bradley Hughes (71) and Steven Bowditch (68) shared fourth place one stroke behind the playoff trio on 16-under-par 272.

With Chalmers and Green in the clubhouse on 17-under-par, Hughes was on 18-under-par and closing in on his third Australian Masters title.

However, he had a double-bogey six on the 18th. After driving into long grass and taking a drop, he watched helplessly as his five-metre bogey putt, which would have put him in the playoff, lipped out.

American Corey Pavin was seventh with a 67 to finish on 15-under-par 273.

Sydney's Peter Lonard, who won the Australian Open and Australian PGA in the previous two weeks, had a round of even-par 72 to tie for eighth with Peter Senior and Nick O'Hern.

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