Local-born Greg Chalmers shot a three-under-par 69 to win his second Australian Open by one stroke on Sunday as Tiger Woods came up just short in his quest to end his two-year title drought.
Chalmers was made to sweat in the clubhouse as his compatriot John Senden went close with a 35-foot birdie putt at the 18th that would have forced a playoff but ultimately his total of 13-under was enough to secure the Stonehaven Cup.
A day shy of the second anniversary of his 95th and last title win at the 2009 Australian Masters, Woods came from six shots back overnight to hit an eagle and five birdies for a 67 and third place on 11-under.
“I fought real hard all day but it looks as though I’ve come up just short. I’m just going to keep plugging along,” said Woods.
An emotional Chalmers, who first won the title in 1998, fought back tears after beating a field including eight of the world’s top 20, who had travelled to Australia to prepare for next week’s Presidents Cup in Melbourne.