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03.12.2017 - EuropeanTour: Australian PGA Championshi, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Australia Cameron Smith delights home fans with play-off victory

Cameron Smith overcame Jordan Zunic on the second play-off hole after a dramatic final round to claim his first European Tour title at the Australian PGA Championship. The Queensland native entered the final day three shots off the lead held by fellow Australian Zunic and he still trailed by one at the turn on a tense day at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
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Cameron Smith overcame Jordan Zunic on the second play-off hole after a dramatic final round. © Getty Images

For Cameron Smith, victory comes in just his 11th European Tour event and hands Australia a clean sweep in the early stages of the 2018 Race to Dubai following Wade Ormsby's win at the UBS Hong Kong Open last week. A Zunic bogey on the tenth handed Smith a share of the lead and he led on his own after a birdie on the 17th but missed a five-foot putt on the last regulation hole to send them back to the 18th tee. Smith went up-and-down from over the back of the first extra green to stay in the contest, and with Zunic bogeying the last at the second time of asking, the 24 year old went up-and-down again for his maiden European Tour victory.

Adam Bland finished just a shot outside the play-off at 17 under, three clear of two more Australians in World Number 13 Marc Leishman and David Bransdon. Meanwhile. defending champion Harold Varner III was six shots off the lead at 12 under, with American Sean Crocker and Australian Lucas Herbert finishing the week at 11 under, one shot clear of Ormsby and Englishman Nathan Kimsey.  Masters Champion Sergio Garcia signed for a final round of 74 to finish tied 24 overall.