Monday, November 7

Rod Pampling's 'Amazing' Las Vegas Weekend

FORTY-SEVEN ISN'T OLD ANYMORE. At least not in golf. I remember when it was.

The golf world has another example in Rod Pampling, the 47-year-old Australian who won for the first time on the PGA Tour in a decade. Pampling opened with a 60 and closed with a 65 to register a two-shot victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Pampling's impressive performance included sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the final green at TPC Summerlin.

Pampling said, ''It's extremely rewarding. Winning Arnold Palmer's event is still on top. But coming back from what we've had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it's phenomenal. Amazing.''

Pampling lost his PGA Tour privileges in 2013 and has since been grinding on the Tour. Now he is back in the big leagues and will be exempt to play the PGA Tour until he turns 50 and transitions to the PGA Tour Champions.

"It's self-belief," Pampling said.

Including Pampling, five Australians have won on the PGA Tour this year: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley.

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