Nail biting finish at Royal Pines PGA today ...took 7 play offs to decide the winner Greg Chalmers a deserved winner after shooting 64 on his final round finished 11 under with Adam Scott my favourite and Wade Ormsby going head to head in playoffs...took 93 minutes after the 72 hole finish to decide the winner...Scott three putted while Chalmers sank his par putt.
Chalmers survived the first hole when he looked gone with a par but the others missed birdies and Ormsby eliminated further on ...surprising that both Chalmers and Scott hit the same club each time and apart from one hole I think they finished in the same spots as before and kept making the same mistakes...Scott's putter is his problem ......has to change it or put up with the close misses. Giddy Up.
STRANGE DAY INDEED SCOTT CAN’T BUY A PUT T BUT STILL SWEEPS TO LE AD
From page 96 ADAM Scott’s broomstick putter will be obsolete in 13 months but it was already heading for an early trade-in yesterday after the hole shrank to the size of a thimble during his frustrating Australian PGA title chase.
It is a measure of Scott’s pure ball striking, class and calm demeanour in trying conditions that he remained joint leader heading into a thrilling finale as the hottest of favourites to defend the Joe Kirkwood Cup today.
The world No.3 might have had similar fortune using a bent tree branch on the greens because he slid putts past the hole all day, while close buddy Wade Ormsby and West Australian Scott Strange held their nerve to join him as co-leaders.
Sitting at 10 under par, Scott (68-69-69) has run amok on the four par-fives at Royal Pines this week to be a crazy 11 under on those holes alone.
Jaw-dropping shots like his three-iron from the fairway bunker to the ninth green to set up a two-putt birdie got hearts pounding in the gallery but Scott just wants to roll in some routine 4m and 5m birdie putts.
“The winner ends up making putts,” he said.
“So I need to make a few because two-shot swings can happen quickly out there, a bogey to a birdie or an eagle to a par on some of the par-fives.
“Certainly you draw on all previous experience.
“I’ve been in this position a lot.
“It’s worked out a lot of times and it hasn’t others.
“The best thing I can do for so many reasons is a good start to give myself the advantage, whether it’s from a crowd-cheering perspective or just the rhythm of the tournament.’’
Two-time Australian PGA champion- turned- commentator Wayne Grady nicknamed Scott “the captain of near misses” after his 7m eagle putt on the 15th slipped by.
Scott had 33 putts yesterday and has had 93 for the week while both Strange and Ormsby have had just 85 strokes on the greens which feature subtle breaks and varying speeds.
Ormsby (68-67-71) is a house guest of Scott’s just up the road at Sanctuary Cove, where he says the food has been amazing.
He might have a putting tip to pass on to his host after a monster 15m birdie putt on the last which was a beauty to cap several classy par saves.
Unlocking putting secrets is a constant quest.
Strange (69-66-71) has turned his putting around this week by reverting from a left-hand low grip to a conventional grip for the first time in 15 years.
A little advice from Brett Rumford on the wooden floors of his home in Perth a week ago did the trick
Newly minted “guru” Rumford quipped he was now looking to patent the tip.
WA young gun Jason Scrivener (73-66-68) was an impressive mover to equal third.
A chip-in eagle on the 12th from American Boo Weekley kept him alive in the trophy quest beside Scrivener at nine under, so there are five players within a single shot heading into the final round.
Sunday Mail story this morning.