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Snapshot of the final day at the Australian Open

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A snapshot of the final day at the Australian Open where Ashleigh Buhai and Joaquin Niemann claimed victory.

SNAPSHOT OF THE FINAL ROUND AT THE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN AT THE AUSTRALIAN GOLF CLUB

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Ashleigh Buhai: The 34-year-old denied Australian superstar Minjee Lee by a shot to become the first player to win successive Women's Australian Opens since Taiwan's former world No.1 and five-time major champion Yani Tseng in 2011.

SHOT OF THE ROUND: Joaquin Niemann's magical nine-iron to six feet to set up an eagle on the second sudden-death playoff hole all but secured the Chilean the men's title from Japanese runner-up Riyuka Hoshino.

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "It's a washing machine out there. You can get two tee shots, one goes down the left, the other goes down the right" - Lucas Herbert was left cursing his luck with the wind at The Australian after a triple-bogey on the ninth cost him a chance of winning.

SLIDING DOORS MOMENT: Adam Scott's 16th hole - the par-4 seventh - proved to be the death of his Open hopes. Leading the field and with the Stonehaven Cup in sight, he hooked a tee shot left and out of bounds and was made to play his provisional.

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: Despite not making a birdie all day, Buhai kept a calm head as her challengers came and went. The men's tournament was much more nip and tuck, with the lead changing rapidly through a frantic final day, but Niemann held firm.

FINAL MEN'S LEADERBOARD: 1st: Joaquin Niemann (-14)*, 2nd: Rikuya Hoshino (-14*), 3rd: Min Woo Lee (-12). T4: Adam Scott, Grant Forrest, Laurie Canter (-11). *After play-off.

FINAL WOMEN'S LEADERBOARD: 1st: Ashleigh Buhai (-9), 2nd: Minjee Lee (-8), T3: Jenny Shin, Jiyai Shin (-4), T5: Hannah Green, Stephanie Kyriacou (-3).

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