Pampling looked set for his first win since the Australian Masters in 2008. He has two wins on the U.S. PGA Tour, the last in 2006 at the Bay Hill Invitational. This year, he finished just outside the top 125 — 127th place — to lose his PGA tour card, then failed at qualifying school two weeks ago, meaning he will have only conditional status next year in the U.S.
Australian Daniel Popovic poses for a photo with the winner's cup after his victory at the Australian PGA in Coolum, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. First-year tour player Popovic took victory at the golf tournament, shooting a 3-under-par 69 on the final day for a four-stroke victory. (AP Photo/Denis Passa)
Errant tee shots on 16 and 17 led to bogeys, then his approach on 18 went into the water.
Australia's Geoff Ogilvy fell short in his bid to finish in the top three to ensure a top-50 finish in the year-end world ranking and a spot in the Masters. He shot a 69 to tie for fourth.