Date: March 05, 2012
Author: Iain Strachan, Sportal

Aussies Abroad Weekly Wrap: Chalmers back in form

Star of the show: Greg Chalmers was the best performed Aussie on the PGA Tour this week. He could do little to prevent the headlines going to Rory McIlroy, who held off a Tiger Woods charge to win the Honda Classic by two shots and claim the number one world ranking at the age of 22. Chalmers, the reigning Australian Open and Australian PGA champion, acquitted himself well at the National Champion Course in Florida, a venue which ranked second hardest on the US PGA circuit last year. The 38-year-old reached four-under for the tournament, finishing up in a share of 12th place, eight shots back from McIlroy but only six behind Woods and four off Lee Westwood. He might have finished higher still, had it not been for a bogey five at 16 and double bogey five at 17, as the &aposBear Trap&apos – a group of three killer holes between 15 and 17, designed by Jack Nicklaus – claimed another victim. Breakout of the week: Cameron Percy led the Australian charge on the last day of the Nationwide Tour&aposs Panama Claro Championship. Percy posted a three-under 67, the second lowest round at the Panama City Golf Club on Sunday. It saw him climb from tied 17th to a share of second place, just one shot behind winner Edward Loar of the United States. Percy&aposs fellow Aussie Peter Lonard also performed well, posting a one-under 71 to move from tied 25th to tied seventh. Stacy Keating was the highest-placed Australian at the World Ladies Championship, she finished tied 23rd in the Ladies European Tour event at the Mission Hills Hainan&aposs Vintage Course, China. Shot of the week: Chalmers made the ideal start to his fourth round at the Honda Classic. Sending a 141-foot approach shot to within six feet of the hole, he made no mistake with the awkward downhill birdie putt. Watch it below. Tweet of the week:What lies ahead: All eyes will be on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Florida, for the WGC Cadillac Championship. The five Australians inside the world&aposs top 50, Jason Day, Adam Scott, John Senden, Aaron Baddeley and Geoff Ogilvy, will all be present. They are joined by Chalmers and Marcus Fraser, who qualify as the top two players in the 2011 Australasian PGA Tour&aposs Order of Merit. The PGA Tour continues with the Puerto Rico Open at the Trump International Golf Club, with Rod Pampling, Peter Lonard, Gavin Coles and Steven Bowditch among the Aussies in the field. From the Couch: Coverage of the first round from the WGC Cadillac Championship begins on One HD from 6.00am on Friday. Fox Sports 3 will screen the opening round of the Puerto Rico Open from 10.30am on Friday.