Monday, November 15th, 2010 - PGA of Australia
A fairytale final round of 65 has earned Stuart Appleby his first Australian title in nearly ten years, the 2010 JBWere Masters at Victoria Golf Club.

The 39-year-old shot up the leaderboard with six birdies to chip away at overnight leader Adam Bland who was unable to impose himself on the final day.

Bland finished in 2nd place at nine-under, a shot behind Appleby, while Daniel Gaunt finished in 3rd at eight-under.

Tiger Woods put on a final day spectacular for the thousands of fans at Victoria Golf Club, shooting a round of six-under to finish at seven-under in 4th position.

Chasing his first title at home since the 2001 Australian Open, Appleby started seven shots off the lead but was slow off the mark making his presence felt.

The Victorian carded three pars before making his first birdie on the par-three 4th with another two to follow on the front nine at holes 6 and 7.

From the turn he immediately kept the momentum going with another birdie on the 10th, while the comparatively inexperienced players ahead of him on the leaderboard started to self-destruct with nerves.

By the time Appleby tapped in for birdie on the 18th he was three shots clear of Daniel Gaunt whose title hopes disappeared with a double-bogey on the par-three 16th.

The only player standing in Appleby’s way was second and third round leader Adam Bland who, despite watching his score go in reverse throughout the day, needed an eagle on the 18th to force a playoff.

Chipping in to 8 feet a playoff momentarily looked likely before Bland’s putt rolled just past the hole.

For Appleby, who took home the $270,000 first place cheque, it was a win that will go down as one of the most significant of his career.

“This is very important to me, absolutely.” Appleby said.

“We play around the world for big money and big tournaments and big fancy ratings and everything like that but you can come home to Australia and its for real.”

“I think of the history, I think of Norman, especially at the Masters. I think of Faldo, Lyle. I just think of the history. To think that I have matured from a little pimple faced kid to an old guy now with four kids and I’ve finally got it. It’s a nice feeling.”

See the final 2010 JBWere Masters leaderboard here http://www.pga.org.au/scores

*Player transcripts are available at http://www.australianmasters.com.au/

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