SYDNEY — The loudest cheers were for Tiger Woods.
The Australian Open at The Lakes belonged to Greg Chalmers.
Chalmers won his national championship for the second time Sunday, closing with a 3-under-par 69 to hold off a late charge by Woods and a 50-foot birdie putt by John Senden that nearly forced a playoff.
Chalmers finished at 13-under 275. Senden shot 72.
Woods closed with 67 and finished alone in third.
“It was great to be out there,” Woods said. “I had a chance. Unfortunately, I didn’t post the number I wanted to post.”
It was his highest finish since a playoff loss last December to Graeme McDowell at the Chevron World Challenge, and his best result against a full field since his last win in Melbourne two years ago.
“I felt great,” Woods said. “It’s nice to finally be healthy again.”
LPGA TOUR: In Guadalajara, Mexico, Catriona Matthew won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her fourth career LPGA Tour title, closing with 1-under-par 71 for a four-stroke victory in the 36-player event.
Matthew, the 42-year-old Scot whose last LPGA Tour victory came in the 2009 Women’s British Open, had 12-under 276 total at Guadalajara Country Club.
Anna Nordqvist and 2010 winner I.K. Kim tied for second. They each shot 71.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Singapore, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the rain-delayed Singapore Open on Monday, beating Juvic Pagunsan, of the Philippines, with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
After tying at 14-under 199 Sunday after the third and final round, Pagunsan and Fernandez-Castano waited until Monday for the playoff.