Greg Chalmers triumphs in dramatic PGA playoff
GOLF: Gritty West Australian left-hander Greg Chalmers created history, denying Adam Scott successive Australian PGA Championships at Royal Pines.
But the 41-year-old, who blazed his way to a tournament-low final round of 64 to get into a three-way shootout with Scott and South Australian Wade Ormsby, thought he had blown his chances on the second playoff hole, when he made par with his two rivals staring at birdie putts.
"I started to shake hands with my putter," smiled Chalmers after an epic afternoon.
"I thought we were done."
Five playoff holes later he rolled in a short putt to claim his second PGA Championship after Scott's putting woes continued with a three-putt bogey, completing an ordinary day with his controversial broomstick.
Ironically, Chalmers' first PGA Championship victory at Coolum also came in a three-way playoff against Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser in 2011.
He now boasts a Tiger Woods-like playoff record of 5-1.
His playoff victory, which took seven trips down the resort's 18th hole, is the longest in Australian major golf history.
Chalmers came out swinging yesterday and made two monster 20-metre birdie putts early in his final round to be the first player into the clubhouse on 11 under.
Ormsby then displayed wonderful character after slipping a shot back to squeeze a pressure birdie out of his 72nd hole, triggering a series of emotional fist pumps before Scott - who could have stolen the tournament with a last-hole birdie - missed the 18th green, setting up the dramatic extra holes.
Scott was attempting to become the first player to defend a PGA Championship since Allenby in 2000-2001.
Ormsby, who has been staying at Scott's house on the Gold Coast this week, should have closed the door the second time down the 18th after Chalmers scrambled to make par and Scott missed his birdie.
Scott refused to blame his putting for not getting the job done.
"In a playoff it is a lottery," lamented Scott.
"This one went on and on and on. The story of the week, I didn't make any putts. I had so many looks.
"When you have putts to win the tournament you have to make them. I bet Wade feels exactly the same - he had a five- or six-footer to win the tournament."