Date: November 13, 2011
Author: Steve Orme at The Lakes, Sportal

Chalmers claims the Cup

Greg Chalmers has held off a fast-finishing John Senden and Tiger Woods to win his second Emirates Australian Open title, taking the Stonehaven Cup on a thrilling final day at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. The veteran left-hander mixed five birdies and two bogeys for a final-round 69 to finish the tournament at 13-under par, one clear of Senden who just missed a 15m putt that would have forced a playoff at the final hole. Woods thrilled the massive galleries that followed his every move with a superb five-under 67 to finish two shots adrift of Chalmers. Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy stormed home with a sizzling 65 to finish in a five-way tie for fourth place, while pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott (68) was among the cluster of players at minus-nine. American Nick Watney (72), Nick O&aposHern (72) and Jason Day (74) equalled Scott&aposs 72-hole total after mediocre final rounds. Aaron Baddeley (69) and Ryan Haller (72) finished a further stroke back in a share of ninth. Chalmers began the day two shots behind overnight leader Senden but rattled off three birdies in his first seven holes to take a two-shot advantage. Day earned a share of the lead with birdies at the eighth and ninth, but it was Woods and Senden who emerged as the main challengers for the Stonehaven Cup. Having made the turn in four-under 32 on the back of four birdies, Woods produced bogeys either side of a birdie at the 12th before igniting his round, and the massive gallery following his every move, with an eagle at the par-five 14th. Wearing his trademark Sunday red, the former world No.1 chipped in from just off the fringe to trail Chalmers and Day by a single shot. He produced a stunning long-iron approach at the par-five 17th but could only manage a birdie to end his chances of earning his first victory in two years. Chalmers restored his two-shot buffer with a brilliant birdie at the par-three 15th after knocking his tee shot to around one metre from the pin. The 38-year-old then held his nerve with pars at the final three holes, including a classy up-and-down from the greenside bunker at the 18th. But there were more nervous moments for the 38-year-old as Senden birdied the penultimate hole and narrowly missed his birdie try at the 18th. It was a superb fightback from Senden, who overcame a horror front-nine that included four bogeys to post four back-nine birdies and finish level with the card on the day. Meanwhile, reigning American amateur champion Kelly Kraft (72) pipped Ryan McCarthy (71) by a shot to finish the top amateur at three-under par.