South Australian Nick Cullen produced a stunning bunker shot in the final hole to seal victory by one stroke over Adam Scott in the Australian Masters.
Needing par to almost guarantee victory, the 30-year-old’s chances were put at risk when he landed in a bunker just off the 18th green.
But he calmly pulled out a superb sand iron to within a couple of feet of the whole.
He saved par, ensuring victory unless Paul Spargo managed to pull off a miracle two on the final hole.
Cullen, a left-hander, finished the tournament at nine under par, one stroke ahead of a group of three players, including Scott, who was attempting the win the Masters for a record third successive time.
The others on eight under were Josh Younger and James Nitties.
One shot back on seven under were Matthew Griffin, Aron Price, Adam Bland and Spargo.
Scott produced a brilliant final round of four under, but it was not enough to claim victory after his moderate start to the tournament.
Cullen was ecstatic afterwards. “It’s an unreal feeling and one I’ll never forget,” he said.
“That’s probably the best shot of my life,” he said of his bunker shot on the 18th.
“I really didn’t put myself in a great spot, but to get out of it like that is just a great feeling.”
He said he tried to avoid worrying about where he was placed, but it was difficult.
“Especially when you see Adam Scott moving up the leaderboard … just seeing his name chasing you, I guess you’re not worried, but you kow he’s there.”