Australia's wait for a British Open title goes on

AUSTRALIA'S wait for a British Open title goes on after another tail of woe on the final day at St Andrew's.

Greg Norman last held the claret jug aloft in 1993 after winning at Turnberry and the likes of Marc Leishman, Jason Day and Adam Scott will have to wait until Royal Troon next year to try to break the drought.

All went close during the final round as the Open went into a Monday for only the second time in its history because of poor weather.

In fact, at one point both Scott and Leishman were leading the championship, with Day always within at least two shots of the lead in his bogey-free round.

But ultimately all three were close but had no cigar as American Zach Johnson beat South African Louis Oosthuizen and Leishman in a three-way playoff after all finished on -15under par.

Scott was spectacular on the opening 10 holes, claiming six birdies, before, not for the first time at a British Open, imploding on his last five.

He double-bogied 14, bogied 15 missing a putt from inside 30cm, bogied 17 and double bogied the last after hitting his tee shot out of bounds to eventually finish five shots off the pace on -10under.

Day finished in a tie for fourth on -14under with Jordan Spieth, who just missed out on a chance of winning the first three majors of the year in his bid for a calendar year grand slam.

It was Day's ninth top-10 finish in a major and surely a big crown is heading his way soon.

Leishman led by two on -16under at one point during his round of 66 but a dropped shot on the 17th put him back into a tie for the lead with Johnson.

A bogey on the first extra hole also cruelled his chances after his ball fell into a divot on the first.

Johnson and Oosthuizen both birdied that hole to leave Leishman in their wake and when the American also birdied the next, that was enough to give him the crown as oosthuizen missed a putt on the 18th to take the playoff into sudden death.

Leishman's wife Audrey almost died earlier this year after being diagnosed with myopathy, a disease which causes the muscles to stop functioning.

He said those dramas were not on his mind and he also did not believe he was owed some luck because of the troubles in his personal life.

"The golf course doesn't discriminate on what's happened or who you are," he said.

"I didn't think about it really, at all.

"I texted her between the finish in play and the playoff, but apart from that just trying to make birdies and see how we ended up.

"It was probably when I walked off the 17th green that I knew it wasn't going to happen the way I wanted it to happen."


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