Popic making a name for himself with PGA win

HE was an unknown before the tournament began but Daniel Popovic could yet become a household name after taking out the Australian PGA Championship on a dramatic final day at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

The Victorian, 26, held off a stiff challenge from veteran Queensland Rod Pampling to win the event by four shots on -16under, after a final-round 69.

Anthony Brown, who shot 71, finished tied for second on -12under with Pampling, who fired a 69.

At one stage it looked as if Pampling, who started his final round with six straight birdies, might be the winner when Popovic's double-bogey at the par-three 8th gifted him the lead.

He bounced back with a birdie on the par-five 12th to close within a shot of Pampling.

The veteran Queenslander looked in control of the tournament with three holes to play but consecutive Pampling bogeys and a superb Popovic birdie at the par-four 17th allowed the rookie take a two-shot lead on to the 18th tee.

His advantage swelled to four shots when Pampling found the water with his second shot en route to a double bogey.

Popovic kept his emotions in check to par the last for a closing 69 to finish at 16-under par and claim his first professional victory.


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