Presnell wins Moonah Classic

Fingal, Australia (Sports Network) - Alistair Presnell birdied the 18th hole and shot a four-under 68 on Sunday to win the Moonah Classic by one stroke.

The 29-year-old Australian claimed his first Nationwide Tour victory at nine- under 279.

Peter O'Malley, who had the lead after 16 holes, bogeyed the 17th and shot a two-under 70 to finish in second place at eight-under 280.

O'Malley's bogey at the 17th -- coupled with Presnell's birdie ahead at the 18th -- flip-flopped the fellow Australians on the leaderboard. Presnell clinched the win when O'Malley was unable to make better than a par on No. 18.

Michael Sim, also an Australian, carded a 70 and took third place at six-under 282.

Two more Aussies -- Terry Pilkadaris (70) and Adam Bland (71) -- shared fourth place with the United States' Skip Kendall (70) and Daniel Summerhays (72) at five-under 283.

On a tough day for scoring at Moonah Links -- indeed, a tough four days -- almost no one had it worse on Sunday than third-round leader Miguel Angel Carballo.

The 29-year-old Argentine, after taking a two-stroke lead into the round, made seven bogeys and shot a six-over 78 to tumble into a tie for 13th place at three-under 285.

Carballo, whose 78 tied for the third-worst score of the day, didn't make a birdie until the 18th hole. He finished six strokes off the winning score.

Richie Gallichan, who held second place behind Carballo after 54 holes, tripped to a 77 and tied for 18th place at two-under 286.

While those players struggled, Presnell thrived.

He birdied his first two holes of the round, then two more at Nos. 6 and 12. He stumbled to a bogey after hitting into two bunkers at the 16th and trailed O'Malley by a stroke, but made up for it with his closing birdie at the 18th, holing a putt from 15 feet.

The 43-year-old O'Malley, playing in the group behind Presnell, three-putted for his bogey at the 17th and then missed a 15-foot birdie putt at 18 with a chance to force a playoff.

"I was trying to die it in from the right side," O'Malley said of his final putt. "I probably hit it a little too hard. Tee to green for the first 12 holes) was pretty good. I really didn't do anything wrong."

Presnell, whose 68 was the best score of the day, was thrilled to have earned full membership on the Nationwide Tour.

"If I couldn't get anything done to make enough for another trip over to the [United States] I might have had to call my old boss and see if I could get my old job back as an air conditioning apprentice," he said.

Presnell said he and two friends traveled the U.S. in a van for one month last year as Presnell tried -- and failed -- to Monday qualify for four Nationwide Tour events.

"I wasn't living the dream, I was chasing it," said Presnell.

That changed Sunday.

03/01 02:57:41 ET

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