Chalmers pips Woods for title

Chalmers pips Woods for title

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.

“It could have been really low today, a couple of drives on the back nine cost me,” the 35-year-old Woods said.

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. Overnight leader Senden made a calamitous start with four bogeys in his first seven holes and his hopes of a second title to go along with his 2006 triumph looked all but gone at the turn.

He stormed back with four birdies over the back nine, and having missed his putt on the final green by inches, finished with a 72 to stand at 12-under for the tournament.

Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy shot the best round of the day with a 65 to take a share of fourth place on nine-under with compatriots Adam Scott (68), Jason Day (74) and Nick O'Hern (72) as well as American Nick Watney (72).