Gritty Woods claims first title Down Under

Gritty Woods claims first title Down Under

I have won in every continent except Antartica, says elated Tiger

Tiger Woods shows off his spoils after winning the Australian Masters golf tournament. AFP

Woods, joint leader overnight with Australia's James Nitties and Greg Chalmers, carded a four-under 68 to finish with a 14-under total of 274 in bright sunshine at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

Chalmers finished second on 276, with American Jason Dufner and France's Francois Delamontagne two shots further back at the A$1.5 million ($1.4 million) co-sanctioned tournament.

"It was a great day today," Woods, wearing the tournament's 'gold jacket', told reporters after a five-birdie one-bogey round that was followed by a large share of the 25,000 spectators at Kingston Heath.

"Now I've won on every continent which is nice, except for Antarctica ... To have won on every playable continent is something I've always wanted to do, and now I've done that."

After wayward driving and putting saw Woods cast a dejected figure on Saturday, the 14-times major champion quickly found his groove during the final round with a birdie on the par-five first after splitting the fairway with his drive.

A pair of sublime iron shots on the fifth and sixth holes -- the first landing within three feet of the pin, the next two feet closer -- put Woods two strokes clear of the field.
However, it was a saved par putt on the ninth that gave Woods, who struggled on the greens on Saturday, an important shot of confidence heading back into the clubhouse.
Chowrasia ends tied 22nd

SSP Chowrasia signed off with a spectacular five-under 65, the best card of the day by an Indian, to join compatriot Jyoti Randhawa at tied 22nd after the final round of the Hong Kong Open golf tournament here on Sunday.

After his previous round of three-over 73, Chowrasia fired 65 to aggregate eight-under 272 to share the 22nd place with seven others, including Randhawa who returned an even-par card. Delhi pro Shiv Kapur (276) finished tied 48th after signing off with four-under 66.

Final round scores (Australian Masters): 274: Tiger Woods (US, 66, 68, 72, 68). 276: Greg Chalmers (Aus, 68, 69, 69, 70). 278: Francois Delamontagne (Fra, 71, 70, 68, 69), Jason Dufner (US, 70, 67, 71, 70). 279: James Nitties (Aus, 66, 71, 69, 73). 280: Cameron Percy (Aus, 67, 72, 69, 72), Adam Scott (Aus, 71, 71, 69, 69). 281: Stuart Appleby (Aus, 69, 70, 71, 71). 282: Alejandro Canizares (ESP, 73, 72, 69, 68), Klas Eriksson (Swe, 71, 73, 66, 72), Craig Scott (Aus, 71, 72, 70, 69). 283: Ashley Hall (Aus, 69, 69, 72, 73), Alistair Presnell (Aus, 72, 73, 66, 72). 284: Rod Pampling (Aus, 71, 70, 70, 73), Michael Sim (Aus, 70, 71, 69, 74), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut, 72, 67, 72, 73).

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