Turner turns tables on Parry

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New Zealand's Greg Turner won the Australian PGA Championship after a matchplay battle with Craig Parry evaporated at the second-last hole at the Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne.

New Zealand's Greg Turner won the Australian PGA Championship after a matchplay battle with Craig Parry evaporated at the second-last hole at the Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne.

Turner finished on 10 under par - 278 - after rounds of 68, 68, 70 and 72, two ahead of Queenslander Shane Tait while Parry tied for third at seven-under 281 with Robert Allenby and Nick O'Hern.

Turner said of the final day's 18 holes: "It was a tough day, I didn't feel particularly comfortable at any stage with my game so when you're in that circumstance it's going to be a battle.

"I actually made some better swings at the end again, as with yesterday and then it sort of fell for me."

Turner began the final round three ahead of Parry but by the fifth hole they were level at eight under.

The New Zealander broke away to a four-shot lead at the 10th and seemed set to cruise home before Parry birdied the 13th and 14th to grab the lead. There was a two-shot swing at the par-four 15th when Turner picked up a shot and Parry dropped one but a double-bogey seven at the 17th sunk the Australian.

Leading final-round scores and totals in the Australian PGA Championship at Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia (Aus unless stated, par 72):

278 G Turner (Nzl) 68 68 70 72280 S Tait 69 71 71 69281 C Parry 71 70 68 72, N O'Hern 71 66 72 72, R Allenby 70 71 71 69282 A Wall (Eng) 73 66 73 70283 B Partridge 69 70 76 68, G Ogilvy 71 67 77 68, D Smail (NZ) 71 69 73 70, G Coles 70 73 67 73284 P Fowler 71 73 75 65, T Christie (NZ) 70 70 71 73285 M Hensby 72 73 70 70, T Mills 69 69 75 72

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