Story courtesy PGA Tour of Australia
Queensland, Australia- Starting the day seven shots off the lead Chalmers fired a final round 8-under 64 to end regulation play tied for the lead with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby on 11-under 277.
"It was an epic day, I honestly didn't think I'd be sitting here at this point today with the quality of the guys leading the tournament and doing well," said Chalmers.
The trio headed down the 18th hole three times before South Australian Ormsby dropped out of the race.
It took another four holes before Chalmers emerged victorious with a par over
Scott who made bogey. "I just wasn't sure Scotty was ever going to hit a loose
shot," said Chalmers. "I was trying to drive it in the fairway; I kept driving it in
every bunker. I thought if I'm going to lose this, I want to lose to a birdie. It's a
shame sometimes that that doesn't work out that way, that someone makes birdie
and makes something spectacular but I'm very pleased to be the champion again."
The key for Chalmers in the playoff today was not to panic.
"My style of golf is never going to be an Adam Scott style of golf," added Chalmers.
"I hit it off line, I don't panic. I'm going to hit it off line, I did it all week and I did
it sometimes today, but I have a short game that I hold in pretty decent regard."
"I thought just keep making someone win it and today it turns out that a mistake
was made and I'm on the trophy."
With his win Chalmers also sealed the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit earning
him starts in the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship, Nedbank Golf
Challenge and The Open Championship, which he was already exempt into.
The timing couldn't be better with Chalmers having only conditional status on the
PGA TOUR for 2015.
"I lost my status in the States this year, I don't have full status next year so I think
this, winning the Order of Merit in Australia helps me," added Chalmers.
"I like to come back because I love Australia and I'm conscious of the idea that every
career has a pathway. My pathway started right here. So I think it's somewhat, not an
obligation but just something, I think it's the right thing to do."
Adam Scott was disappointed to have finished the year without a win on home soil
acknowledging his failure to capitalise on his opportunities today. "I just didn't hit
good enough shots in the play-offs and it's frustrating to not win when I hit so many
good drives and had so many wedges and only made one birdie," said Scott. "I'm
ready for a break. I'm certainly going to enjoy this one. Unfortunately not exactly
how I wanted to end the year, but you know, hopefully onto bigger and better things
The least experienced of the playoff trio, Ormsby looked at the positives in his round
including a brilliant chip in birdie on the last regulation hole to earn a place in the playoff.
"It was nice to get in the play-off there. I didn't think I was going to get in and I got
myself in it but yeah, a little bit disappointed," said Ormsby.
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