Date: October 26, 2009

Aussies around the world: Review

The LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour did not have tournaments scheduled this week. PGA TOUR: Open, Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona. Nick O&aposHern&aposs scorching opening round 63 ensured he was the highest placed Australian in Arizona. O&aposHern finished at 12-under par and six shots behind winner Troy Matteson who had to fight off Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark in a three-way play off. Fowler and Lovemark both came to Australia for the 2008 World Amateur Teams Championships representing the United States. Nathan Green finished three strokes back from O&aposHern at 9-under (T33) while Steve Elkington fired a final round 5-under par 65 to finish one stroke behind Green. Matt Jones, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Peter Lonard and Aron Price all made the cut. EUROPEAN TOUR: Castello Masters, Club de Campo Mediterraneo, Spain. Robert Allenby was the highest placed Australian in Spain where he finished in a tie for sixth at 15-under par which included two blistering opening rounds of 64 and 66. Allenby finished five strokes behind Sweden&aposs Michael Jonzon who won at 20-under par. Wade Ormsby and Matthew Millar were the only other Australians and they finished further down the leaderboard. NATIONWIDE TOUR: Nationwide Tour Championship, Ralston Creek Course, Daniel Island Club, South Carolina Already assured their cards for the 2010 PGA Tour season, Australians Michael Sim and Cameron Percy continued their excellent spell of form at the Nationwide Tour Championship at the Daniel Island Club. Sim finished in outright second place at 18-under par, three strokes behind winner Matt Every. Percy finished in a tie for fifth at 12-under par. Moonah Classic winner Alistair Presnell kept himself in contention for a Tour card with a tie for 19th place at 7-under par. Sydney&aposs Won Joon Lee was two strokes back. Gavin Coles, Adam Bland, David McKenzie, Scott Gardiner and Andrew Buckle finished further down the leaderboard. Buckle, Gardiner and Coles remain in reach of the Top 25 “bubble”. ASIAN TOUR: Iskandar Johor Open, Royal Johor Country Club, Malaysia KJ Choi produced three excellent rounds to win the Iskandar Johor Open by four shots in Malaysia. Darren Beck and Tim Stewart were the highest-placed Australians, finishing in a tie for ninth place at 10-under-par. Jason Norris finished at 8-under par while fellow Aussie David Bransdon was two strokes back at 6-under par in a tie for 24th.