Varner III claims maiden title at Australian PGA Championship


American Harold Varner III broke through for his first professional victory after winning the Australian PGA Championship by two strokes on Sunday.

Varner III carded a scintillating final-round 65 to emerge triumphant ahead of overnight leader Andrew Dodt at 19 under on the Gold Coast.

The 26-year-old was runner-up last year at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, but he went one step better this time around thanks to an almost flawless find day.

Varner produced a blemish-free front nine, which yielded four bogeys before gaining five strokes at the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes, while he dropped two shots at the European Tour tournament.

Dodt held the lead for three rounds but the Australian was unable to see it through following his three-under-par 69.

The Brisbane-born golfer teed off with a two-shot cushion and despite going bogey-free on Sunday, it still was not enough.

Former world number one Adam Scott finished third and four strokes off the pace after his five-under-par 67.

Ashley Hall (70) was a shot further back, while Brett Rumford (67) finished at 10 under.