GREG Chalmers has defied the challenges of an elite leaderboard to claim his second Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
Chalmers, the 1998 Australian Open Champion, surged to his second Stonehaven Cup after a final round 69 handed him victory over fellow Australian John Senden and the resurgent Tiger Woods.
Chalmers said beating the likes of Woods, Senden and the rest of the star-studded field made the taste of victory all the more sweeter.
"I've got my name twice on the Stonehaven Cup, that's phenomenal," said Chalmers.
"It's one of the strongest fields we've had in Australian golf in a long time. But to go out there and get that done over the last two days and shoot 8-under on the weekend, that does something to me, that really floats my boat. It's very exciting."
Wearing his emotions on his sleeve at the post round presentation and media conference, Chalmers said he was already focused on future Open success.
"Now I want to win three. That's just the nature of it," he said.
Woods' final day assault was too little too late, but a final round 67 and overall third place position gave hope to golf fans that Woods was finally back to his best.
"I had the lead at Augusta on Sunday (in the 2011 US Masters), that was the last time I've been in that spot," said Woods.
"I had a chance and I kept telling myself I need to post 13, 14 (under) to get it up there and see what happens."
"Unfortunately I didn't post the number I wanted to post."
Reigning Open champion Geoff Ogilvy shot the best round of the day (a 7-under 65) and gave hopes of a back-to-back victory when he stormed to the clubhouse lead.
However, Ogilvy eventually had to settle for a tie for fourth alongside an all star cast including Nick O'Hern, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Nick Watney.
Aaron Baddeley and Ryan Haller rounded out the top ten finishing in equal ninth at 8-under par.
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