Tiger Woods fired a closing round of 68 to win the JBWere Masters in Melbourne Australia by two shots from home player Greg Chalmers.
The World Number 1 began the final round tied for the lead with Chalmers and another Australian James Nitties. But, Woods put a disappointing third round of 72 behind him as he cruised round Kingston Heath in a four-under-par 68 to claim his first ever title in Australia.
"I said yesterday I was thankful I was still in the tournament, but I kept myself in it and it allowed me to go out today and go for the chance to win," he said. "It was going to be tough today. I had to make some birdies early and I was able to do that and was able to keep it."
It was Chalmers who pressed Woods closest but the 36-year-old failed to convert great birdie chances at the 14th and 16th and, ultimately, those were the two shots that separated him from Woods.
Nitties played a disappointing closing round of 73. It allowed Francois Delamontagne and Jason Dufner to overtake the Australian for a share of third.
JBWere Masters Kingston Heath GC, Melbourne, Australia Nov 12-15, purse $1,000,000, par 72
1 Tiger Woods (USA) 66 68 72 68 274 €173,118 2 Greg Chalmers (Aus) 68 69 69 70 276 €98,100 T3 Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 71 70 68 69 278 €55,541 T3 Jason Dufner (USA) 70 67 71 70 278 €55,541 5 James Nitties (Aus) 66 71 69 73 279 €38,470 T6 Cameron Percy (Aus) 67 72 69 72 280 €32,699 T6 Adam Scott (Aus) 71 71 69 69 280 €32,699 8 Stuart Appleby (Aus) 69 70 71 71 281 €27,891 T9 Alejandro Canizares (Esp) 73 72 69 68 282 €23,724 T9 Klas Eriksson (Swe) 71 73 66 72 282 €23,724 T9 Craig Scott (Aus) 71 72 70 69 282 €23,724
Note: Player scores in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only
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