Chalmers snatches PGA success

The trio all ended the fourth round at Royal Pines on Queensland’s Gold Coast on 11-under 277, so they returned to the 18th hole once more.

Defending champion Scott missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole to win the tournament and did the same on the second extra hole – once again the 18th – when Ormsby missed from seven feet.

They continued to play the 18th and Ormsby dropped out the third time around when he could only par the hole.

Neck and neck

Chalmers and Scott battled on until the former prevailed at the seventh time of asking thanks to a par after Scott three-putted for bogey, missing a four-footer for par.

The 41-year-old left-hander was following up his 2011 success in the event and secured his 10th title as a professional.

Chalmers had started the day seven shots behind Scott, Ormsby and Scott Strange, but an eight-under 64 took him into a share of the lead with Scott and Ormsby, who both carded 71s as Strange dropped out of contention with a 76.??????????????????????????

He made eight birdies in a flawless round that featured two monster putts in excess of 50 feet, taking only 26 putts in total and hitting 16 greens in regulation.??????????????????????????

New Zealand’s Michael Hendry closed with a 71 to finish fourth at nine under, one stroke ahead of American Scott Stallings (71) and two clear of Boo Weekly (74) of the United States.

Chalmers said: “I never thought I’d be sitting here today.??I’m very pleased to be the champion. I took some chances and they paid off.

“The key for me today was to keep pushing. Australia has been blessed to have??some of the world’s best players.

“Every career has a pathway and mine started right here.”

Scott added:??”I didn’t hit it close enough today to the hole.??It wasn’t like I missed 10 footers today all day long.

“When you hit it outside 25 feet, there is almost the same chance you are going to three putt as two putt on tour. You have to hit it closer.”??