Pampling wins Australian Masters

Rod Pampling has defeated  Marcus Fraser on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off to win the $1.5 million Sportsbet Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club.

The pair finished tied on 12 under par 276 while tournament favourite Robert Allenby finished in third place on 279.

Allenby battled with his putter all day and didn’t recover from a disastrous late double bogey.

Pampling started the day at seven under, three shots behind overnight leaders Allenby and Michael Sim, and shot a closing 67 which included five birdies and an eagle. Fraser, five shots off the pace after 54 holes, hit the lead with six birdies on the front nine and held it together in the run home for a round of 65.

The play-off was down the par four18th, the toughest hole on the course, and twice they walked off with pars. In the end, it came down to a six-foot putt for par that Fraser missed and a three-footer that Pampling made.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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