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Allenby Wins Australian Golf's 'Triple Crown'


Home-country player Robert Allenby has become the first player to win Australian golf's "Triple Crown," with a sudden death playoff victory over American Bubba Watson at Australian Masters in Melbourne.

After finishing regulation play tied with 17-under-par totals of 271 Sunday, Allenby parred the first playoff hole, while Watson's one-meter putt for the tying par lipped out. Watson finished the day with a five-under-par round of 67, while Allenby ended play Sunday with a four-under 68.

Allenby has now won the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in consecutive weeks and improved his playoff record to 9-0.

Australian Nick O'Hern, who led after the first three rounds, was trying to win his first tournament since 1999. But the left-hander faded on the back nine Sunday, ending the day with 73 to miss the playoff by two shots in third place.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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