Final round costly for Sheehan

Paul Sheehan
Paul Sheehan

A HORROR final round by Coffs Harbour's number one golfing export Paul Sheehan brought undone three days of good work.

Sheehan, 34, had moved to four-under after Saturday's third round at the Australian Open and was in a tie for 15th position.

Unfortunately, a last-round 79 sent him plummeting down the leader board.

Playing alongside Fred Couples, Sheehan bogeyed four of the opening 10 holes on Sunday to drop out of contention.

After a birdie on the par-five 14th hole, Sheehan then dropped another four shots on the closing four holes.

At the top of the leader board the consistency of eventual winner Greg Chalmers was too much even for Tiger Woods.

The former world number one was unable to bounce back from his third-round 75.

Chalmers hit a fourth-round 69 to secure his second Australian Open title.

Maintaining his composure, Chalmers avoided a play-off with John Senden after the Queenslander missed his putt on the final green.

Chalmers was emotional after the win, thanking his family and caddy of 22 years Mal Baker.