Golf: Crafter's long shot denies Davies

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Jane Crafter kept her nerve to sink an eagle putt from 42 feet on the 18th green to seal a nail-biting victory over Britain's Laura Davies in the Australian Women's Masters Championship on the Gold Coast.

Davies missed her chance of forcing a play-off when she pushed her 16- foot eagle putt wide of the cup at the same hole. "It was a bad putt," she said. "But Crafty showed loads of nerve to hole her putt."

The veteran Australian had a five-under-par final round of 68 to finish with a 19-under-par 273, a stroke ahead of Davies and American Jane Geddes.

"You dream of making putts like that to win a tournament," Crafter said. "It was a dead-straight putt. I just wanted to make sure it got there." Crafter, 41 next month, was recording her first tournament victory since she won this event in 1992.

Chris Gray gave away a six-shot lead to slump into joint fourth place after a nightmarish final round of 78 in the Australian PGA Championships in Sydney. The winner was the New Zealander Phillip Tataurangi, who had been eight shots off the lead but kept his cool to win by one stroke from the Australians Rodger Davies and Peter Lonard.

Tataurangi fired a five-under-par 67 for an aggregate of 279, while Davis appeared to be heading for the title until an error in club selection saw him drop a shot at the par three 17th hole. Gray finished on 282.

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki won the 100th tournament of his career, coasting to a three-shot triumph over his younger brother Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki and the veteran American Tom Watson at the Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan.

Despite a closing two-over-par 73, Ozaki was never really challenged in the final round and finished at 7-under 277, scoring his third consecutive victory in Japan's richest event.

"I won my first tournament on this course 25 years ago and to win my 100th here is like a dream come true," Ozaki said.

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