Pampling rockets up leaderboard with closing 61

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Rod Pampling torched The Australian Golf Club for a course-record 10-under 61 on Sunday to at one point take the clubhouse lead at 6 under in the Australian Open.

Pampling, who was runner-up to Jordan Spieth in last year's Open, started with a bogey, then made nine birdies across his next 16 holes before slamming in a cross-country eagle putt at the 18th. Incidentally, it was Spieth who owned the previous course record after his closing round of 63 last year.



"The day didn't start out as I planned, but that's the way it goes," Pampling said. "I knew I'd been hitting it well all week, just couldn't get anything going. "Whatever it is, it got going and it was fantastic to be out there watching myself play well."

Though he proved unable to hold the lead, losing in the end to Matt Jones, Pampling did manage to play his way to the Open Championship next year. He earned one of three invites via the Open Qualifying Series, along with Jones and Nick Cullen.

Runners-up Spieth and Adam Scott were already qualified, paving the way for Pampling and Cullen.