Pampling adds to strong Aussie year with Vegas win

It's been a banner year on the PGA Tour for the men from Down Under.

Led by world No. 1 Jason Day, Australians have combined for eight victories this year on Tour, the latest coming when grizzled veteran Rod Pampling held off a pair of challengers to snag the trophy at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

When we look back on the year that was for the island nation, Day's elite play will stand out, as will Adam Scott returning to the winner's circle twice in successive weeks back in March. But the other three winners from Oz proved that the game goes deeper than just a handful of household names, and that sometimes good things can come to those who wait.

At age 47, Pampling now has his third PGA Tour title but first since the 2006 Arnold PalmerInvitational. That's a span of 220 starts between victories, which seems hefty until compared to the plight of Pampling's countryman Greg Chalmers. Chalmers was 0-for his career until the Barracuda Championship in July, where he earned win No. 1 in his 386th career start.

Just two weeks after Chalmers' breakthrough, Aussie Aaron Baddeley ended a victory drought of his own at the Barbasol Championship, racing around the final green to celebrate his first win in nearly six years.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 07 Nov 2016 12:05:38

 



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