Greg Chalmers wins Australian Open

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SYDNEY — The loudest cheers were for Tiger Woods.

Greg Chalmers shot 69 at The Lakes course to win the Australian Open by a shot over fellow Australian John Senden. Tiger Woods, with 67, was third.  ROB GRIFFITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ROB GRIFFITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Greg Chalmers shot 69 at The Lakes course to win the Australian Open by a shot over fellow Australian John Senden. Tiger Woods, with 67, was third.

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.


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