Baddeley wins Australian Masters

Aaron Baddeley delighted his home crowd today by winning the MasterCard Masters title after edging out Sweden's Daniel Chopra at the fourth extra play-off hole in Melbourne.

Aaron Baddeley delighted his home crowd today by winning the MasterCard Masters title after edging out Sweden's Daniel Chopra at the fourth extra play-off hole in Melbourne.

The 26-year-old recorded only his second win on the European Tour and although both have come in his native Australia this victory was extra special as it was achieved in his home city on the Huntingdale Golf Club course he learned the game.

Baddeley, whose maiden victory came in the Greg Norman Holden International in Sydney six years ago, escaped from heavy rough on the 18th to par the fourth extra hole.

Chopra had a five-foot putt to continue the sudden death shoot-out but his effort slid past.

"In the play-off I felt like I was swinging the club really well. I just kept hitting the same shots and felt that I'd wear him down," said Baddeley.

"Every play-off hole I had the chance to win and it was Dan who was saving it to keep it going but I really had to scrap to win that final play-off hole.

"It really feels great to win at home. It's fantastic."

Baddeley and Chopra finished tied on 13 under in the tournament, co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Chopra was the overnight leader by one from Baddeley but the Swede shot a one-under 71 to his rival's 70.

It could have been a three-way tie as Stuart Appleby, another Australian, was leading heading up the last only to double-bogey the 18th for a three-under 69 which dropped him to third on 11 under.

Five players had shared the lead as last pair Chopra reached the turn but Appleby looked to be in control after crucially holing a 30-foot par putt on the 15th.

However, Chopra chipped in from the edge of that same green to go back into a share of the lead and then a superb approach for birdie at the next put him ahead.

Baddeley birdied the 17th and parred the last and then saw Chopra two-putted for bogey on the penultimate hole to drop back into a tie.

England's Dave Horsey produced a best-of-the-day 65 to rocket into a share of fifth - some achievement considering he opened with a five-over 77.

Ireland's Rory McIlroy finished tied for eighth on 16 under par, with Damien McGrane shooting a closing 72 to finish tied for 20th on four under.

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