Pampling topples Fraser in Australian Masters playoff |
Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Rod Pampling needed three extra holes Sunday to defeat countryman Marcus Fraser and win the Australian Masters.
Fraser got into the clubhouse first after posting a stellar seven-under 65. Pampling carded a five-under 67 as the two finished regulation at 12-under-par 276.
On the first playoff hole, both players two-putted for par from long range. Back on the 18th, Fraser looked to be in trouble as his second found a greenside bunker
After Pampling pitched his third to a foot, Fraser sank a 10-foot, par-saving putt. Pampling tapped his in for par and it was back to the 18th for a third playoff hole.
Fraser again made a mess of the 18th. He missed the green long with his approach, then putted past the hole. Fraser two-putted for bogey, opening the way for Pampling.
Pampling holed a three-foot par putt to secure his first European Tour win.
"I played great today and I hit a lot of quality shots and that's all I kept telling myself everytime we got back to the 18th tee was, 'hit a shot, hit a shot'," stated Pampling. "There was no stress at any stage."
Robert Allenby, who shared the third-round lead with Michael Sim, managed a one-over 73. That left him alone in third at nine-under-par 279.
Second-round leader Tim Clark fired a five-under 67 to end in a share of fourth at minus-eight. He was joined there by Nathan Green (70) and Alexander Noren (68).
Fraser played five groups ahead of Pampling and flew up the leaderboard early. Fraser birdied five of the first six holes to jump to 10-under, where he joined Allenby in the lead.
The 30-year-old Fraser birdied the eighth to take the lead at 11-under. He gave that shot back with a bogey on the 11th.
Pampling opened with birdies on one and four, but he dropped a shot at the fifth at Huntingdale Golf Club. He came right back with a birdie on the sixth and then he eagled the par-five seventh to move into the lead at 11-under.
Fraser birdied the 12th to join Pampling at 11-under. Pampling then birdied the 10th and Fraser followed with a birdie at 14 to again forge a tie at minus-12.
After his birdie at 14, Fraser parred the final four holes to get in at 12- under.
"The last two days is the best golf I've played by a country mile. I feel like I'm back to the way I should be playing," Fraser said. "I reckon I'm going to get my hands on that trophy one day."
Pampling stumbled to a bogey on the 13th, but he atoned for that mistake with a birdie at the 15th. He parred the final three to force the playoff.
David McKenzie ended alone in seventh at seven-under-par 281 after carding a four-under 68 on Sunday. Martin Erlandsson, Marc Leishman and Anthony Summers shared eighth at minus-six.
Sim struggled to a five-over 77 that dropped him into a share of 11th at minus-five.