Two weeks after carving out a win the Australian Open, Greg Chalmers visited the winner’s circle for the second week in a row after coming through a play-off with Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser to lift the Australian PGA Championship.
With the three players deadlocked at 12-under par at Coolum, the playoff ended at the first extra hole when Chalmers found the fairway and then the green, and two-putted for par as Fraser effectively killed his chance by finding water off the tee before carding a bogey.
Allenby pushed his tee shot to the right but was within 12-feet of the flag after three stokes. However, he couldn’t make the par putt and Chalmers knocked in his own putt to win on a day that saw the lead change hands several times; overnight leader Kim Kyung-tae, Aaron Baddeley and Matthew Giles all sharing the lead at one point on the final day.
It was a disappointing end for both Allenby and Fraser, who both required and made long putts to force extra time. It was also disappointing for Kim who had taken a four-shot lead into the final round, but was perhaps unsettled by Bubba Watson’s erratic double-bogey-bogey start which dropped the American down the leaderboard.
After four straight pars, the Korean did himself little favours with two unplayable lies at the fifth which resulted in a double-bogey and his lead was gone as Giles and Baddeley both joined the lead. Baddeley then moved in front on his own, moving two clear of the field before a bogey at the 12th halted his progress and he was joined by Chalmers and Allenby.
As Baddeley also dropped away, Chalmers and Allenby were left to fight it out and were joined by Fraser who produced three birdies in his last eight holes to join the leaders before Chalmers came out on top in extra-time.
Pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott will be cursing his wayward opening nine holes on Thursday as he closed with a round of 68 to take a share of fourth place along Baddeley.
Chalmers will now contest the Australian Masters in Melbourne next month; should he win, he’ll emulate the feat of Robert Allenby in 2005 as the holder of all three Australian major events.