11/23 00:39 CST Cullen wins Aussie Masters, Scott bid falls short
Cullen wins Aussie Masters, Scott bid falls short
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- Australian lefthander Nick Cullen shot a 3-under
69 Sunday to win the Australian Masters by one stroke over Adam Scott, ending
Scott's attempt for a third consecutive victory in the tournament.
Cullen, who had a four-round total of 9-under 279, saved par on the 18th after
hitting his bunker shot to a foot.
Scott, who trailed by four strokes after three rounds, shot 68 Sunday and
finished tied for second with two other Australians. Scott's 60-foot putt for
birdie on the 18th hole curled out and he held the clubhouse lead for about an
hour until Cullen finished his round at Metropolitan Golf Club.
"We had a great read on the final putt, and I couldn't believe it didn't go
in," Scott said. "After all the putts that didn't drop this week, I really
needed that one."
An eagle at the par-5 fourth and back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 helped
Cullen clinch the win.
James Nitties and Josh Younger were tied for second with Scott.
Second-ranked Scott now heads to Sydney for an Australian Open showdown with
world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, the defending champion.