Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Consistency Turns Prospect into Victory

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Consistency Turns Prospect into Victory

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ROBERT Allenby was so good yesterday he turned the 2009 Australian PGA Championship into an anti-climax.

It certainly wasn't the mass shootout we expected at a venue that has had a history of playoffs and clutch shots on the 72nd hole to win the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

At the start of the final round, there were at least 16 realistic chances to claim this year's

title.

Allenby's near-faultless 66 Co he said later he C[pounds sterling]felt totally in control on every shotC[yen] Co made sure most of his nearest rivals did not get a look in, and the challenges from the likes of Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers fizzled away.

John Senden, cheered on by a boisterous group of members from his old club, Keperra, in Brisbane, seemed the man most likely, but he could not nail the putts that mattered on the back nine.

The last time Allenby won at Coolum, in 2005, he did so with a memorable eight-iron to inside a metre at the final hole to set up a birdie to see off Mat Goggin by a stroke.

This victory will not be remembered for any single shot by the champion, unless you count the pants-off blast from the water at the third on Friday.

What will stick in the mind will be how mistake-free his game was and it set up the widest margin of victory Co four shots Co in the eight PGAs held at Coolum.

Ironically, Allenby's winning score both times has been 270, 18-under-par four years ago and 14-under this year on the revamped Hyatt layout.

In 2005 he closed with weekend rounds of 64-67 and in the past two days it was 66-66.

That sort of scoring turns possible wins into actual success.

Han still holds record

ON Thursday, the big story was Korean Min-Kyu Han's brilliant 62, which established a four-shot lead.

Yesterday, he closed with a 78 to end up in a tie for 49th place at four-over-par, 18 shots behind Allenby. …

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