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Joaquin Niemann wins ISPS Handa Australian Open with stunning eagle in playoff

Joaquin Niemann left it late to defeat Rikuya Hoshino in a dramatic play-off to clinch the ISPS Handa Australian Open title on Sunday.

The pair finished level on 14 under par after 72 holes, with Chilean Niemann surging to the top of the leaderboard in Sydney after birdieing the 18th for a five-under round of 66.

Japan's Hoshino, who had shared the overnight lead with Min Woo Lee, and Niemann both birdied the 18th to send the sudden death play-off to a second hole.

And, heading down the 18th again, Niemann played a brilliant second shot before holing his eagle putt, bettering Hoshino's birdie to take the victory.

"It was a nice day... these last two playoff holes showed how I have been playing the last few weeks here in Australia," Niemann told europeantour.com.

"My putting hasn't been the best, but I've been working hard on it and it was nice to make that last putt.

"I always practise those three, four, five-feet ones and know that one of those will be to win a tournament. It's amazing."

Australian Lee had led by three shots after the second round but he had to settle for third, two shots off Niemann and Hoshino, after carding a one over 72 on Sunday.

Former Masters champion Adam Scott, England's Laurie Canter and Scot Grant Forrest finished tied for fourth one shot further back on 11 under.

Scott made eight birdies in his 68 but a costly triple bogey at seven after he went out of bounds ended his chances of challenging for the trophy.

"I was making a lot of birdies, had a couple of bogeys, and then unfortunately just a bad swing on the worst hole to do it probably," said the 43-year-old.

"I paid the ultimate price there. It's a shame because it would have been great to have a really special round and maybe have a chance sitting in the clubhouse."

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