Sunday, December 14, 2008

SYDNEY, Australia(AP) South Africa's Tim Clark won the Australian Open on Sunday at Royal Sydney, scrambling for par from a greenside bunker to beat Australia's Mathew Goggin on the first hole of a playoff.

Clark shot a 5-under 67 to match Goggin (69) at 9-under 270. New Zealand's David Smail, the leader at 12 under with four holes to play, finished with a 75 to tie for third with Australians Robert Allenby (71) and Stephen Dartnall (72) at 8 under.

Smail double-bogeyed the par-4 15th and par-5 16th.

``I'm just gutted,'' Smail said.

Clark had given up hope of winning before Smail collapsed.

``I didn't even consider there would be a playoff until about 30 minutes after I finished,'' Clark said. ``I was watching the TV, having a pie and chips, believe it or not, and thought I better get down there and warmup.

``I feel bad for David the way he finished.''

Goggin also finished second last week in the Australian PGA, two strokes behind Australian star Geoff Ogilvy.

``I feel for David, really,'' Goggin said. ``He had the tournament. He was playing well. To have such a horror finish was brutal for him.''

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