First pro win for Popovic

  • Last Updated: December 16 2012, 9:09 GMT

Home golfer Daniel Popovic completed his first professional victory after completing a four-shot triumph at the Australian PGA Championship on what was a dramatic final day at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

Daniel Popovic celebrates his breakthrough win
Daniel Popovic celebrates his breakthrough win

Popovic began the round two shots ahead and increased his lead after an early birdie before a double bogey on the par three eighth saw him slip a shot behind Rod Pampling.

A birdie on the par five 12th brought him to within a shot of the leader, but Pampling, who began the day with six straight birdies faltered with consecutive bogeys.

A birdie at 17 put Popovic firmly in the driving seat with a two-shot lead and his advantage was increased to four after Pampling double bogeyed after finding the water.

A par at the last confirmed Popovic's victory with the Australian carding a 69 in the final round to finish 16 under par and claim the

225,000 winners cheque.

Pampling finished second on 12 under alongside Anthony Brown, a shot clear of Geoff Ogilvy (69) and Brad Kennedy (70).

Collated final round scores & totals in the Australian PGA Tour Australian PGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, Palmer Coolum Resort, Coolum, Australia

(Aus unless stated, par 72):

272 Daniel Popovic 64 70 69 69

276 Rodney Pampling 71 67 69 69, Anthony Brown 73 68 64 71

277 Geoff Ogilvy 67 69 72 69, Brad Kennedy 69 68 70 70

278 Nathan Green 72 71 66 69, Richard Green 71 68 70 69

279 John Senden 73 69 69 68, Steven Bowditch 70 67 74 68, James Nitties 70 72 68 69, Darren Clarke (Nirl) 70 69 72 68, Michael Wright 70 73 66 70, Mathew Goggin 71 66 70 72, Marc Leishman 69 70 73 67, Stephen Dartnall 68 72 68 71, Matthew Griffin 69 67 70 73

280 Matthew Millar 73 66 70 71, Jason Kang (Can) 70 69 71 70, Brendan Jones 73 67 67 73, Adam Crawford 70 71 70 69

281 Greg Chalmers 72 69 68 72, Peter O'Malley 73 68 71 69

282 Kurt Barnes 74 65 71 72, Terry Pilkadaris 70 74 69 69, Do-hoon Kim (Kor) 73 71 68 70, Jason Scriverner 68 75 69 70

283 Xin-jun Zhang (Chn) 67 67 74 75, Leigh Mckechnie 70 69 72 72, Peter Senior 68 70 68 77

284 Robert Allenby 73 67 68 76, Stephen Leaney 69 70 71 74

285 Aaron Townsend 69 74 72 70, Steven Jones 70 74 73 68, Josh Geary (Nzl) 69 72 69 75

286 Nick Gillespie (Nzl) 72 73 72 69, Ryan Haller 68 73 74 71, Michael Hendry (Nzl) 73 72 69 72, Scott Strange 66 73 74 73, Ju-hyuk Park (Kor) 77 67 73 69, Alex Hawley 72 72 72 70, Jamie Arnold 71 68 73 74, Ashley Hall 71 74 73 68

287 Yi Cao (Chn) 73 71 72 71, Brad Shilton (Nzl) 76 67 72 72, Nick Flanagan 70 73 72 72, Bronson La'cassie 69 71 71 76, Peter Fowler 70 70 71 76

288 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 76 68 70 74, Jake Higginbottom 76 69 68 75, David Bransdon 73 71 75 69, Steve Conran 69 70 76 73, Cameron Percy 70 70 70 78, Mark Brown (Nzl) 71 71 70 76, Stuart Appleby 70 75 71 72

289 Jason Norris 74 69 71 75, Alistair Presnell 73 70 74 72

290 Joon woo Choi (Kor) 74 69 78 69

291 Kurt Carlson 76 69 72 74, Paul Sheehan 72 73 73 73

292 Peter Cooke 70 75 77 70, Nick O'Hern 72 70 71 79

293 Hyo-won Park (Kor) 71 73 74 75, Brendan Smith 72 73 71 77, Craig Parry 71 72 74 76, Heath Reed 72 68 77 76

294 Tze-huang Choo (Sin) 67 75 75 77, Gavin Flint 70 75 74 75

295 Chris Campbell 74 71 78 72, Andrew Martin 73 71 73 78

305 Xinyang Li (Chn) 72 73 78 82, Pravee Visalkit (Tha) 74 71 76 84


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