Rodney "Rod" Pampling (born 23 September 1969) is an Australian professional golfer.Pampling was born in Redcliffe in Queensland. He turned professional in 1994. He began tournament golf career on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he won the 1999 Canon Challenge, and also spent time on the NGA Hooters Tour, a developmental tour in the United States. In 2000 and 2001 he played on the PGA Tour's official developmental tour, the Buy.com Tour, now called the Nationwide Tour, and did well enough in his second season to gain promotion to the full PGA Tour.In 1999, Pampling shot an opening round 71 at Carnoustie during the opening round of the Open Championship, leading the field. However, he shot an 86 in the second round to miss the cut.He achieved his first PGA Tour win at The International in 2004 and his second at the 2006 Bay Hill Invitational, which took him into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He continues to play a few events in his home country each year during the northern hemisphere winter. He won the Sportsbet Australian Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club, Melbourne in November 2008, beating Marcus Fraser in a 3-hole playoff after the two players tied at a 12-under par 276. As a European Tour co-sanctioned event, that win also earned him a two year exemption on that tour.
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