Date: May 22, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Aussies Abroad Weekly Wrap: Leishman goes close

Star of the show: Marc Leishman came close to clinching his first PGA Tour win in the Byron Nelson Championship over the weekend. The Victorian led with two holes remaining in Dallas, Texas but was left to rue a bogey on the par-three 17th. He carded a final round 66 to finish equal third, two shots behind eventual winner Jason Dufner. It was Leishman&aposs first top-five finish on the PGA Tour since the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year. In the Volvo World Match Play Championship in England, Australia&aposs sole entrant John Senden was beaten 3 & 2 by local Ian Poulter, while Kurt Barnes finished fourth, three shots adrift of Jay Choi at the Japanese Tour&aposs Totoumi Hamamatsu Open and Anthony Brown shared 13th in the One Asia Tour&aposs SK Telecom Open. In the LPGA Tour Sybase Match Play Championship Katherine Hull was best of the Aussies, tying for ninth after being knocked out in the third round by South Korean So Yeon Ryu, while Lindsey Wright and Karrie Webb fell at the first and second hurdles respectively, beaten by eventual champion Azahara Munoz. Breakout of the week: New South Welshman Nick Flanagan recorded his fourth career Nationwide Tour victory following a playoff in the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, South Carolina. Playing in only his second event of the season, Flanagan birdied three of the last four holes before edging out fellow Aussie Cameron Percy on the third extra hole to take the US$108,000 (A$110,000) winner&aposs cheque. Shot of the week: Leishman fired two eagles in his opening round of 65 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club. The highlight was his 116-yard second shot on the par-four 10th. Tweet of the week: @4flanagan – Feel like happy Gilmore driving home. Thank you everyone for the support. Effing legends! Yewwwwww! What lies ahead: Aaron Baddeley returns to action this weekend after missing the cut at the recent Players Championship. Baddeley, John Senden and Geoff Ogilvy head the Australian contingent at the PGA Tour&aposs Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, there are eight Aussies in the field for the European Tour&aposs BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England, including Richard Green and Marcus Fraser. Karen Lunn, Lindsey Wright and Frances Bondad are three of 11 Australians on the Ladies European Tour set for action in the Ladies German Open that starts in Munich on Thursday, while the LPGA Tour takes a break ahead of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City, New Jersey from June 1. From the Couch: Golf fans can enjoy all four days of the Crowne Plaza Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship live on Fox Sports. Day one coverage of the BMW PGA Championship starts at 11pm on Thursday, while the Crowne Plaza Invitational begins at 5am on Friday.