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Australian PGA Championship
Round 4 - Nathan Holman wins in a playoff

December 6, 2015

Australian Nathan Holman parred the first hole of a three-way playoff with American Harold Varner III and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli to win the Australian PGA championship on Sunday.

Holman, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, and Frittelli and Varner, who each had 75s, finished with even-par totals of 288 on a tough, wind-swept Royal Pines resort course.

Holman led by two strokes but bogeyed his final two holes. Varner's birdie attempt on 18 that would have given him the win in regulation slid just wide of the cup.

The Australian was the only one on the fairway in the playoff and hit to the middle of the green, while Frittelli and Varner were off the green after hitting their second shots from the rough.

The 24-year-old Holman ended the playoff with a one-foot par putt after Frittelli and Varner bogeyed. The victory earned him an exemption this season and next on the European Tour, which co-sanctioned the Australian PGA this year.

Zander Lombard of South Africa, who was tied for the third-round lead with Frittelli and Varner, shot 76 and finished fourth, one stroke behind the leading trio.

''It was pretty annoying to almost lose it at the end,'' Holman said of his bogey-bogey finish in regulation.

Holman also finished first in the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, which qualifies him for the British Open and the World Golf Championships.

''It's huge, I didn't realize what was on the line,'' said Holman, who began the day two strokes off the lead.

''It's probably a good thing, to be honest. I did think I'd get to those events in the future. I didn't think it would be this quickly. To do it off the back of a victory is probably going to be better - I've deserved it. It's stuff you dream of playing golf as a kid.''

It was the second straight year that the tournament was decided in a playoff: Greg Chalmers won a marathon seven-hole playoff with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in 2014.

Holman's win continues years of Australian dominance at the PGA, which hasn't been won by an international player since New Zealand's Greg Turner in 1999.

Varner's 66 had pulled him into the third-round lead, but he was nine strokes worse on Sunday.

''That's just the way it goes sometimes,'' Varner said. ''I'll be all right. I'm going to go have a great Christmas and get back to it. Just got to keep working and good things will happen. My time will come eventually.''

The newly designed back nine at Royal Pines by former Australian golfer Graham Marsh had six of the toughest nine holes on the course.

Organizers had a million-dollar ''party hole'' on the par-3 16th on Sunday, set up with bars and entertainment similar to a hole at the Phoenix Open. The closest anyone came to winning a 1 million Australian dollars ($734,000) bonus was Australian Matt Griffin, whose tee shot landed only six inches away from the hole.

Round 3 - Trio share lead in to final round

December 4, 2015

Harold Varner made six birdies in a flawless round of 66 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship on Saturday.

The American shot the lowest round of the day at a windy Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast to join the South African pair of Dylan Frittelli and Zander Lombard in a three-way tie for the lead at three-under par.

Frittelli and Lombard both shot rounds of 71 while Australia's Nathan Holman, the only other player under par for the tournament, carded a 70 to move to outright fourth place at one-under.

Sweden's David Lingmerth, the overnight leader, dropped back to even par, level with Australia's Matthew Millar, after a round of 75 on a heavily-congested leaderboard with 20 players within six strokes of the lead.

The big-hitting Varner, who recently graduated to the U.S. PGA Tour, climbed 27 places to grab his share of the lead in the event, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.

He birdied the third, seventh and eighth holes to move to level par then reeled off three birdies in a row from the 14th despite struggling in the blustery conditions.

"I haven't played in that much wind in a long time," he said.

"When bad things happen, you've just got to shake it off and go onto the next one and today I did that really well."

Round 2 - David Lingmerth leads at halfway

December 4, 2015

David Lingmerth reeled off six birdies in his first 12 holes to snatch a one-shot lead after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship on Friday, while pre-tournament favourite Brandt Snedeker missed the cut by a whopping nine shots.

Swede Lingmerth shot a 68 in tricky conditions at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast to reach the halfway stage as the outright leader at three-under-par.

Five players - England's Mark Foster, South Africa's Zander Lombard, Spain's Pablo Martin Benavides, Australia's Matthew Miller and American Peter Uihlein - were tied for second a shot further back.

Rhein Gibson, who fired a world record 16-under-par 55 at a National Pro Tour event in the United States three years ago, shot a course-record 64 on Friday to join a group of six players at one-under.

After a first round 79, Gibson slipped to nine-over after two holes on Friday but stormed up the leaderboard with five birdies and two eagles in his last 10 holes.

"To be able to do that on a Friday to make the cut and get back in contention, it's probably better than a 55," he said.

American Snedeker, who has seven wins on the elite U.S. PGA Tour, carded a 75, nine better than his first round but still leaving him languishing way back at 15 over par.

"I definitely feel embarrassed about my play the last two days," Snedeker said. "I'm going to need to come back down here and redeem myself."

Round 1 - Brandt Snedeker slumps with opening 84

December 3, 2015

Tournament favourite and headline act Brandt Snedeker endured a nightmare start to the Australian PGA Championship on Thursday after crashing to a 12-over-par 84 at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

American Snedeker has won seven times on the elite U.S. PGA Tour but looked more like a weekend hacker when he crashed to seven over after just four holes.

Starting his round at the 10th, he had back-to-back bogeys before a double on the par-five 12th followed by a triple-bogey seven on the 13th.

The world number 38 steadied his round with a couple of pars on 14 and 15 but dropped further shots on the 16th and 18th to sit last on the leaderboard at the turn, a yawning 11 strokes behind the early pacesetters.

His misery continued on his second nine with dropped shots on the second, third, seventh and ninth holes, with the only bright spot of the day coming with a birdie on the sixth.

At the completion of his round, he was tied for 128th at third-bottom of the field, with only Queensland's Aaron Wilkin (13-over) and South African Lean Boezaart (16-over) behind him.

South Africa's Dylan Frittelli was the clubhouse leader at two under par, with former Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen and England's Mark Foster on the same score out on the course.

Scores

1 (P) Nathan Holman Australia Australia Par 77 68 70 73 288
2 Dylan Fritteli South Africa South Africa Par 70 72 71 75 288
2 Harold Varner III USA USA Par 74 73 66 75 288
4 Zander Lombard (am) South Africa South Africa +1 67 75 71 76 289
5 Cameron Smith Australia Australia +2 78 69 70 73 290
6 Richard Green Australia Australia +3 73 74 70 74 291
6 Matthew Millar Australia Australia +3 72 70 74 75 291
6 Dimi Papadatos Australia Australia +3 75 71 71 74 291
9 Peter Lonard Australia Australia +4 76 72 73 71 292
9 Anthony Brown Australia Australia +4 73 71 75 73 292
9 Nino Bertasio Italy Italy +4 75 72 72 73 292
9 Mathew Goggin Australia Australia +4 76 73 72 71 292
9 Rory Bourke Australia Australia +4 74 76 68 74 292
9 David Lingmerth Sweden Sweden +4 73 68 75 76 292
9 Jordan Zunic Australia Australia +4 73 72 75 72 292
9 Matthew Griffin Australia Australia +4 76 72 71 73 292
9 Adam Stephens Australia Australia +4 71 76 75 70 292
18 Michael Wright Australia Australia +5 76 70 71 76 293
18 Stuart Manley Wales Wales +5 77 69 76 71 293
18 Daniel Nisbet Australia Australia +5 75 75 67 76 293
21 Aron Price Australia Australia +6 75 74 72 73 294
21 Borja Virto Spain Spain +6 72 77 72 73 294
21 Colin Nel South Africa South Africa +6 78 71 75 70 294
21 Josh Geary New Zealand New Zealand +6 77 73 70 74 294
21 Aaron Pike Australia Australia +6 72 73 76 73 294
21 Mark Foster England England +6 69 73 77 75 294
21 Jarrod Lyle Australia Australia +6 77 73 72 72 294
28 Ryan Fox New Zealand New Zealand +7 74 70 78 73 295
28 Tom Lewis England England +7 72 71 77 75 295
28 Todd Sinnott Australia Australia +7 71 72 75 77 295
28 Pablo Martin Benavides Spain Spain +7 75 67 77 76 295
28 Jason Scrivener Australia Australia +7 72 71 79 73 295
28 Ashley Hall Australia Australia +7 70 73 77 75 295
28 Maxwell McCardle Australia Australia +7 74 74 72 75 295
35 Anthony Summers Australia Australia +8 80 70 73 73 296
35 Nathan Green Australia Australia +8 76 74 73 73 296
35 David Klein New Zealand New Zealand +8 77 71 76 72 296
38 Scott Fernandez +9 74 72 79 72 297
38 Ben Eccles Australia Australia +9 74 72 78 73 297
38 Peter Uihlein USA USA +9 75 67 79 76 297
38 Nick Cullen Australia Australia +9 72 74 73 78 297
38 Craig Parry Australia Australia +9 77 71 76 73 297
38 Erik Van Rooyen South Africa South Africa +9 76 71 75 75 297
44 Josh Younger Australia Australia +10 75 73 74 76 298
44 Jamie Hook Australia Australia +10 76 74 77 71 298
44 Paul Dunne Ireland Ireland +10 72 75 75 76 298
44 Rhein Gibson Australia Australia +10 79 64 79 76 298
48 John Senden Australia Australia +11 73 77 76 73 299
48 Peter Cooke South Africa South Africa +11 79 71 75 74 299
48 David McKenzie Australia Australia +11 74 76 77 72 299
48 Rourke Van Der Spuy South Africa South Africa +11 76 73 75 75 299
48 Marcus Fraser Australia Australia +11 76 73 74 76 299
53 James Nitties Australia Australia +12 76 72 78 74 300
53 Brett Rankin Australia Australia +12 76 73 77 74 300
53 Neven Basic Australia Australia +12 74 73 77 76 300
53 Tyrone Mordt South Africa South Africa +12 79 71 76 74 300
53 Laurie Canter England England +12 79 70 73 78 300
53 Ben Wharton Australia Australia +12 76 70 78 76 300
59 Daniel Fox Australia Australia +13 75 74 76 76 301
59 Darryn Lloyd South Africa South Africa +13 78 72 75 76 301
61 Hyo-won Park South Korea South Korea +14 80 67 79 76 302
62 Jack Wilson Australia Australia +15 73 73 71 86 303
62 Brett Rumford Australia Australia +15 74 72 75 82 303
62 Bjorn Akesson Sweden Sweden +15 74 74 75 80 303
65 Harry Bateman New Zealand New Zealand +16 76 74 75 79 304
65 JC Ritchie South Africa South Africa +16 76 72 80 76 304
65 Nicolo Ravano Italy Italy +16 73 76 82 73 304
65 Deyen Lawson Australia Australia +16 75 70 79 80 304
69 Andrew Curlewis South Africa South Africa +17 76 72 77 80 305
70 Divan Van den Heever South Africa South Africa +18 76 74 80 76 306
71 Corey Hale Australia Australia +21 78 72 82 77 309





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