February 4, 2023

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Australian Open: Meronk, Buhai win

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Poland’s Adrian Meronk shot a closing 66 to beat dwelling favorite Adam Scott to the lads’s Australian Open title by 5 photographs whereas South African Ashleigh Buhai gained the ladies’s occasion.

England’s Kipp Popert gained the All Skills title for para-golfers.

Meronk turned the primary Pole to win on the European Tour at July’s Irish Open and added a second title in Melbourne.

The 29-year-old left former Masters champion Scott trailing at Victoria along with his excellent four-under last spherical.

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin missed a five-foot birdie putt that will have pressured a play-off within the girls’s occasion, which was performed alongside the lads’s for the primary time on the Australian Open.

Meronk, a contender for Europe’s Ryder Cup group subsequent yr, loved a way more dominant victory and sealed his triumph with a 40ft eagle putt on the 18th.

He stated: “To complete like that on the 18th gap, it’s unreal.

“Adam was at all times my position mannequin rising up. Beating him within the last group in entrance of huge crowds in Australia is simply fairly an unbelievable expertise.”

The boys’s and girls’s Australian Open occasions had equal prize cash of £940,000.

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