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John Senden wins with record round

John Senden shot a course-record seven-under-par 65 at Royal Sydney to surge up the leaderboard in the final round of the Australian Open and register a one-stroke victory on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Queenslander started the day four shots behind overnight leader Nathan Green in eighth place but stormed home to finish in front with a 72-hole total of eight-under 280.

U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy closed with a 67 to finish one shot behind in outright second after missing a long birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff.

Stuart Appleby (68) and Gavin Coles (70) tied for third at six-under while Green (72) and U.S. PGA Tour Championship winner Adam Scott (68) finished equal fifth, another shot back.

Senden, Ogilvy, Coles and Scott were all locked together at seven-under late in the final round when Senden, who won his first U.S. PGA Tour title at Illinois in July, made his decisive move.

He birdied the par-three 17th when his tee shot landed within half a metre of the hole then birdied the last to take the lead for the first time for victory when his approach came to rest 1.5m from the pin.

"Winning any event in Australia is great, but winning your national open is ... very special," Senden told a news conference.

"I was shaking a little bit on the last putt but it went in. I was happy... it was a dream come true."

Australia's best-known player, five-time champion Greg Norman, signed off with a 74 and a share of 26th place in possibly his last appearance at his national championship.

280 John Senden 76 72 67 65

281 Geoff Ogilvy 72 72 70 67

282 Gavin Coles 73 70 69 70, Stuart Appleby 75 68 71 68

283 Nathan Green 67 71 73 72, Adam Scott 74 70 69 70

284 Brett Rumford 74 70 68 72, Steven Bowditch 72 72 73 67

285 Aaron Baddeley 75 72 69 69

286 Richard Green 69 71 74 72

287 Paul Gow 76 72 69 70, Andrew Dodt 77 70 70 70, Nick O'Hern 73 71 72 71

288 Kevin Stadler (USA) 75 74 70 69, Peter O'Malley 73 73 70 72, Peter Lonard 71 75 70 72

290 Cameron Percy 73 76 69 72, Nick Flanagan 78 72 70 70

291 Ben Bunny 76 77 70 68, Marcus Fraser 76 71 74 70

292 Will MacKenzie (USA) 74 73 72 73, Rodney Pampling 77 74 68 73, Robert Allenby 77 74 74 67

293 Andrew Martin 71 73 77 72, Ashley Hall 75 71 74 73

294 Jarrod Lyle 69 75 75 75, Greg Norman 79 73 68 74, Paul Sheehan 74 78 73 69

295 Paul Marantz 80 73 69 73, Neil Sarkies 73 72 74 76, Mathew Goggin 73 74 74 74, Stephen Dartnell 77 70 74 74, Marcus Cain 77 74 70 74, Peter Senior 79 72 74 70

296 Luke Hickmott 72 74 75 75, Ewan Porter 74 77 76 69, Adam Stephens 77 74 74 71, Bronson LaCassie 77 71 74 74, Stephen Leaney 78 72 73 73

297 Jason Norris 75 74 74 74, Adam Bland 75 78 72 72, Ricky Schmidt 76 75 74 72, Rick Kulacz 80 72 71 74, Ryan Haller 71 75 77 74

298 Mitchell Tasker 73 77 71 77, Terry Price 73 78 71 76, Kurt Barnes 75 76 74 73

299 Aaron Townsend 80 71 75 73, Craig Scott 78 70 71 80, Larry Austin 74 77 75 73

300 Kevin Chun (Nzl) 75 76 74 75, Tony McFadyean 81 72 75 72, Richie Gallichan 76 77 76 71, Michael Brennan 78 75 73 74, Rohan Blizard 79 72 74 75, David Walker (Eng) 79 72 72 77, Aaron Black 75 78 72 75, Danny An 79 73 75 73

301 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 74 74 76 77, Anthony Painter 76 75 75 75

302 Alex Simpson 73 76 73 80, Matthew Ecob 76 77 75 74

303 Robin Hodgetts (Rsa) 80 69 76 78

304 Martin Pettigrew (Nzl) 77 71 76 80, Mitchell Brown 76 74 78 76, Glen Dick 72 79 79 74

306 Tony Christie (Nzl) 76 76 77 77, Michael Raseta 79 73 77 77, Wayne Grady 78 74 76 78

 




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