Pam­pling ends 10-year US PGA win drought

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

AUS­TRALIA’S Rod Pam­pling won his first US PGA ti­tle in more than a decade, hold­ing off Amer­i­cans Lu­cas Glover and Brooks Koepka to cap­ture the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open yes­ter­day.

Pam­pling sank a 32-foot birdie putt on the last hole to com­plete a fi­nal-round 65, six-un­der, and fin­ish 72 holes on 20-un­der 264.

“It’s a great feel­ing,” Pam­pling said. “It’s amaz­ing.”

The 47-year-old from Bris­bane took his third crown on the US tour, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won the 2004 In­ter­na­tional and in 2006 at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill event.

“It’s ex­tremely re­ward­ing. Win­ning Arnold Palmer’s event in ‘06 is still on top but com­ing back from what we had the last few years is phe­nom­e­nal.”

Pam­pling, ranked 451st in the world, birdied four of the last six holes on the front nine, stum­bled with bo­geys at the 10th and 12th holes at the TPC at Sum­mer­lin, then charged back with three birdies in a row start­ing at the par-5 13th.

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