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Daniel Popovic claims first pro win in Australia

Updated: Sunday, 16 Dec 2012 11:55 | Comments

Daniel Popovic celebrates winning the Australian PGA at the Palmer Coolum Resort
Daniel Popovic celebrates winning the Australian PGA at the Palmer Coolum Resort

Home golfer Daniel Popovic completed his first professional victory after completing a four-shot triumph at the Australian PGA Championship on what was a dramatic final day at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

Popovic began the round two shots ahead and increased his lead after an early birdie before a double bogey on the par three eighth saw him slip a shot behind Rod Pampling.

A birdie on the par five 12th brought him to within a shot of the leader, but Pampling, who began the day with six straight birdies faltered with consecutive bogeys.

A birdie at 17 put Popovic firmly in the driving seat with a two-shot lead and his advantage was increased to four after Pampling double bogeyed after finding the water.

A par at the last confirmed Popovic's victory with the Australian carding a 69 in the final round to finish 16 under par and claim the $225,000 winners cheque.

Pampling finished second on 12 under alongside Anthony Brown, a shot clear of Geoff Ogilvy (69) and Brad Kennedy (70).

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