|Published:||Nov 27, 2011 7:17 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST|
COOLUM, Australia (AP) - Greg Chalmers claimed his second major tournament Down Under in two weeks by winning the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday, making par in a three-man playoff while his rivals found trouble off the tee.
The left-handed Chalmers, who closed with a 5-under 67, added the PGA to the Australian Open title he won at The Lakes in Sydney two weeks previously. He will have a chance to complete the so-called Australian Triple Crown when he competes in the Australian Masters in Melbourne beginning Dec. 15.
Marcus Fraser got into the playoff with a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th in regulation to complete a final round 69, while Robert Allenby had a 68 as the playoff trio finished with 12-under-par totals of 276 on the Hyatt Regency resort course.
Fraser strayed into a pond then a bunker in the playoff while Allenby drove into the rough and after recovering well, missed a par putt of 10 feet.
"I was surprised to see that a par was good enough, but that's how it goes sometime in a playoff," Chalmers said.
Adam Scott shot 68 and Aaron Baddeley, who led before two late bogeys, had a 72 to finish at 10-under, two shots out of the playoff and tied for fourth.
Third-round leader K.T. Kim and American Bubba Watson, who trailed by a stroke after 54 holes, were a combined 9-over in the final group. Kim finished with a 76 and was tied for sixth, three strokes behind. Watson's 77, including a double-bogey on the first, was tied for 12th, six strokes behind the winner.
Fraser got into the playoff with the huge putt on 18.
"It had beautiful speed, I saw a pretty good line," Fraser said. "I thought it sat there for about three hours. In this game, you never know, you never give up."
Scott said he "wasted a few this week."
"But I feel like the second half of this year I have been right in the mix, it's something to work on for next year. I feel like I'm knocking on the door."
American Rickie Fowler, making his professional debut in Australia after winning the world amateur title in 2008 in Adelaide, closed with a 70 and was at 6-under 282, six behind.
Greg Norman had a final-round 74 after a double-bogey 6 on the 18th when his approach went into the pond guarding the entire left side of the hole, finishing eight behind.
Geoff Ogilvy shot a final-round 80, including a 9 on the par-3 11th when he put three balls into the water.
British Open champion Darren Clarke shot 70 Sunday after teeing off at 6:35 a.m. local time in the second group of the day. The early start came after he shot a self-described "brutal" 79 on Saturday, leaving him near the bottom of the 66-man field which made the cut.
Coolum was the first of four consecutive weeks for Clarke, and he's travelling with the claret jug that he won at this year's Open championship at Royal St. George's in July. Clarke plays next week at the Nedback Challenge at Sun City, South Africa, followed by the European Tour's season-ending Race to Dubai, and then an Asian Tour stop in Bangkok the week before Christmas.