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Double Delight for Chalmers Down Under

Aussie wins PGA title to go with Open earlier this month

Posted Nov 30, 2011 by Chris White

Greg Chalmers is now on course for an Australian Triple Crown

Greg Chalmers followed up his victory at the Australian Open by winning this year’s Australian PGA Championship – not a bad month really for the Australian! The victory wasn’t simple, however, as he needed a playoff to beat Marcus Fraser and Robert Allenby.

Overnight leader Kyung-tae Kim slipped out of contention after starting with four pars to go into a four shot lead before suffering with two unplayable lies at the fifth, going on to make a double bogey, falling back to finish tied for sixth on 9-under par.

Chalmers finished with 35 on the back nine, with two birdies and a bogey, while picking up further shots at the 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th as his opponents struggled, but Allenby made three birdies on his way back to the clubhouse, and Fraser also made three in the final eight holes to force the tournament into a playoff. While Chalmers held his nerve to make par, Allenby missed his long-range par attempt, and Fraser found the water off the tee, as good as putting him out of the running, before compiling his misery by finding the bunker at the back of the green.

The Aussie, who now has a chance to emulate Allenby’s heroics of 2005 where he won the ‘Australian Triple Crown’ moves on to the Australian Masters in fine form, but admits that the putt for par on the playoff was “the hardest thing and to have won it now, coupled with the Australian Open makes me ecstatic. I was surprised to see that par was good enough because I thought we would have to birdie this hole, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”

Another home favourite – and the bookie’s tip to win the event – Adam Scott finished with a 68 to end up tied for fourth, just two shots off the leaders, leaving him ruing his disastrous 5-over round on the first day.

Australian PGA Championship final leaderboard:

-12 G Chalmers, M Fraser, R Allenby – Chalmers won playoff at first extra hole

-10 A Scott, A Baddeley

-9 M Leishman, N O’Hern, KT Kim

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