Date: March 20, 2012
Author: Sportal

Aussies Abroad Weekly Wrap: Ogilvy storms home

Star of the show: Geoff Ogilvy shot a blistering final round at the Transitions Championship to vault up to a tie for 16th place. Ogilvy had endured a tough start to the tournament but saved his best for Sunday where opened his final round with an eagle on the par-five first. Bogeys on the third and 16 holes prevented the 34-year-old from going even lower as he closed his round with five birdies in his last 10 holes. Breakout of the week: Asian Tour veteran Scott Barr produced his second top-10 finish of the year. Barr, who has never won on the Asian Tour, picked up eight shots in his final two rounds to shoot up to a tie for 10th. The 39-year-old finished outright third at the SAIL Open in February and a first victory seems on the cards after a solid start to the year. Shot of the week: Jason Day enjoyed a solid finish at the Transitions, carding a 67 and 69 on the weekend to move up to a tie for 20th. His final round included this cracking birdie putt on the tricky par-three 13th. Tweet of the week: @StuartAppleby – Beating balls this week, no Bay Hill (home game) not sure how I missed a sponsors invite, guess I better not rely on my letter skills then.. What lies ahead: Only three Australians will be in action on the PGA Tour this weekend with Greg Chalamers, Robert Allenby and Rod Pampling competing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Pampling will have fond memories of the Bay Hill Club as it is the site of his last win on the Tour back in 2006. Adam Scott and Robert Allenby are both competing in the Tavistock Cup, which is a two-day exhibition tournament featuring players from four different golf clubs. Marcus Fraser headlines a group of four Australians in action in Morocco for the European Tour&aposs Trophee Hassan II. Brett Rumford, Richard Green and Andrew Dodt are the other three playing at the Golf du Palais Royal. The LPGA Tour heads to California for the Kia Classic with Karrie Webb keen to build on her strong performance last weekend. Webb was tied for sixth heading into the final round of the Founders Cup, but stumbled to drop down to a tie for 14th. Wendy Doolan, Katherine Hull, Sarah Kemp, Sarah-Jane Smith and Lindsey Wright are also in action. From the Couch: Day 2 of the Tavistock Cup is live on FoxSports on Wednesday morning at 3am, while there is a highlights package the same evening at the more friendly time of 5:30pm. FoxSports will also have live coverage of all three major tournaments for the whole four days. The Trophee Hassan begins at 12:30am Friday, followed by three hours of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at 6:00am and then the Kia Classic from 9:30am. There will be 12 hours of continuous live action for the final rounds beginning at 12:00am Monday.