Rum-fuelled Pampling on his way to Troon after course record

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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fueled by a dose of Queensland rum, Rod Pampling sank a 60-foot eagle putt on the 18th green for a course record 10-under-par 61 in the final round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

The 46-year-old is a twice winner on the U.S. PGA Tour but started the final day well out of contention at four-over and opened his round inauspiciously with a bogey at the first.

The Australian got the shot back at the second, however, and picked up a further four strokes to reach the turn at level par for the tournament.

Four more birdies to the 17th sent him soaring up the leaderboard and when he snaked his putt across the 18th green and into the hole, he was second only to overnight leader Matt Jones.

He had also bettered the sizzling 63 that world number one Jordan Spieth shot to win the title on the new layout at the Australian Golf Club last year.

"I felt nice and relaxed out there," he told reporters. "The hitting was fantastic and it just gave me the opportunity to make the putts.

"I was just seeing them really well and obviously it's a bonus to get that one on the last. I was more looking at trying to give it a chance but make sure I was a chance to still make the birdie.

"I ran a golf course, I thought Jordan's round last year, eight (under), was pretty impressive and just to shoot the 61, yep, very happy."   Continued...

Rod Pampling of Australia plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship PGA golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina May 3, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane