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Chalmers holds off resurgent Woods in Australia

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Chris White

Greg Chalmers won his second Australian Open title

Local boy Greg Chalmers survived a final round fight back from Tiger Woods to win his second Australian Open title, 13 years after his first, finishing 13-under par.

Chalmers hit a three-under par 69 in his final round to hold off the challenges of compatriot John Senden, who finished on 12-under, and Woods, who recovered from a disastrous third round to finish on 11-under, just two shots away from victory.

Woods hit an eagle and five birdies in his final round, and could have won the title had it not been for a 3-over par 75, putting him six shots off the lead. However, his resurgence on the final round had the crowd routing for the 14-time major winner, as opposed to the two home favourites battling it out alongside him, anticipating his first win in nearly two years.

Chalmers, ranked 215th in the world, said afterwards that he was aware of how Woods was doing, and almost hoped he would beat him, but he was obviously thrilled to win his home competition.

John Senden made a disastrous start to his final round, leading going into the final day, starting with four bogeys in his first seven holes, and hopes of a second Australian Open title of his own faded out, finishing with a 72.

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