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Woods takes Aussie Masters title

-14 T Woods (US) -12 G Chalmers (Aus) -10 J Dufner (US), F Delamontagne (Fra) -9 J Nitties (Aus) -8 A Scott (Aus), C Percy (Aus)
Selected others: -3 S Benson (Eng) -1 R Bland (Eng)

Tiger Woods
Woods receives the trophy following his two-stroke victory

World number one Tiger Woods fired a final round 68 to win the Australian Masters title in Melbourne.

The American finished two shots clear of local hope Greg Chalmers (70) with a 14 under par total of 274.

"Now I've won on every continent, except for Antarctica," joked Woods, whose appearance at Kingston Heath was his first in Australia for 11 years.

"I just played very consistently. I wasn't trying to be overly aggressive, just trying to plot my way along."

It was the 33-year-old's seventh victory of the year and it made him only the third American to win the Australian Masters title following close friend Mark O'Meara in 1986 and Gene Littler six years earlier.

Jason Dufner (70) and France's Francois Delamontagne (69) shared third place on 10 under.

Woods started the final day in a three-way tie for the lead after struggling with his swing during a third-round 72.

But he began with a four at the par-five opening hole and then produced brilliant approach shots to set up back-to-back birdies at five and six which put him out in front on his own.


A magnificent fairway wood created another birdie opportunity at 12 which Woods did not waste, but his concentration was disturbed by a photographer at the next which cost him his only bogey of the round.

He bounced back with his fifth birdie of the day at the par-three 15th and after Chalmers failed to convert chances at 14 and 16, pars at the final three holes were enough to seal the title.

"I hit some really good iron shots and that was the whole key to the day. I didn't have a lot of long putts to make," he said.

Woods collected a AUS $270,000 (£151,000) cheque, to go with his reported AUS $3m (£1.677m ) appearance fee, and hinted he might be back to defend the title next year.

"All the guys have raved about this golf course and I understand why. I really enjoy playing on sandbelt courses because it brings back shot-making and we don't see enough of that."

He added: "I would certainly love to come back. I haven't looked at next year's tournament schedule yet - I'll do that next month and get an idea of what I need to do for the entire year and I'll come up with a game plan."

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