Scott falls short Down Under

2014-11-23 09:28
Nick Cullen (Getty Images)

Melbourne - Nick Cullen held firm in a tense finish to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne on Sunday and frustrate Adam Scott's bid for a hat-trick of titles.

Starting three strokes adrift at Metropolitan Golf Club, the 30-year-old South Australian carded a three-under-par 69 for a nine-under total of 279, one ahead of world number two Scott (68) and two other compatriots in James Nitties (70) and Josh Younger (69).

Scott was four off the pace at the first tee, and though he pushed hard on the back nine, his hopes of a record third successive win at the A$1 million tournament were thwarted on the last hole, when a monster birdie putt lipped out to the groans of a packed gallery.

"Today was definitely the best I've swung my club, putted and chipped and did everything well today," Scott told reporters.

"It's just hard. Some of the pins were really tough today. I made a couple of errors like probably most everyone did, and probably from where I was I needed to make none."

Leading scores after the final round of the Australian Masters at the Metropolitan course (par-72) in Melbourne on Sunday (Australia unless stated):

279 - Nick Cullen 73-71-66-69

280 - Adam Scott 73-68-71-68, Josh Younger 70-70-71-69, James Nitties 72-71-67-70

281 - Matthew Griffin 71-69-72-69, Aron Price 68-73-71-69, Adam Bland 75-68-69-69, Paul Spargo 70-67-71-73

282 - Rhein Gibson 68-74-75-65, Robert Allenby 70-73-71-68

283 - Anthony Houston 71-68-75-69, Bryden Macpherson 70-71-72-70, Matthew Guyatt 70-69-73-71, Lucas Herbert 75-70-65-73

284 - Boo Weekley (USA) 72-72-70-70, Brett Rumford 74-68-71-71

285 - David McKenzie 72-70-74-69, Todd Sinnott 67-71-77-70, Steven Bowditch 67-75-73-70, Ryan Ruffels 75-68-72-70, Tom Bond 70-72-72-71, Stephen Dartnall 72-73-69-71, Peter Wilson 70-71-72-72, Chris Campbell 72-74-66-73

Selected scores:

286 - Zac Blair (USA) 70-75-69-72

287 - Kyle Stanley (USA) 69-73-73-72

292 - Riley Wheeldon (CAN) 71-70-81-70

Read more on:    adam scott  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who will win the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.