South Africa's Gary Player today coasted home to one of the easiest wins in the history of the Australian Open Golf Championship at Royal Melbourne.
South Africa's Gary Player today coasted home to one of the easiest wins in the history of the Australian Open Golf Championship at Royal Melbourne. Player's final round of 68 brought his total to a seven under the card 278. This equalled the aggregate course record set then years ago by Norman Von Nida of Sydney. Second was the International Professional Bruce Devlin of Sydney seven strokes behind Player. Third place went to Kel Nagle of Sydney and Peter Thomson of Victoria, who each returned an aggregate 286. A highlight of today's round was Sydney professional John Davis's approach at the eighth. He sank this from 60-feet with the pin still standing. At the twelfth green, Victoria's Peter Thomson lines up for a successful putt. He went on to return a four under the card of 70.
Gary player towards the tenth. He began his last round four strokes ahead. Davis, his overnight partner in the lead at the twelfth. He crashed badly two holes later with three over par seven.
Bruce Devlin played a good approach shot at the 18th... the gallery saw some classic golf, with plenty of action. Here's Thomson again.
A good approach to the last hole: but at this stage all eyes were on Player. He sank this for a birdie.
Earlier in the day the title seemed likely to develop into a duel between Player and Nagel. Nagel finished his final round with four under par 70. He had five consecutive birdies on the run home but bunkered at the last for a one over par 5. His South African opponent was to turn on a dazzling display throughout the final round of the championship.