Date: July 09, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR Stuart Appleby suffered another final round fade to finish equal-third after leading the AT&T National after 52 holes. The Australian held a two-stroke lead over eventual winner KJ Choi at the start of play, but four bogeys and a double through his opening seven holes saw the Aussie drop well out of contention. Choi had four birdies in his final round including a superb chip-in from a green-side bunker on 17 to all but seal the title. Robert Allenby was Australia&aposs next-best competitor with two-under while Geoff Ogilvy and Matthew Goggin finished even with the card in a share of 12th place. Australian results from the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, Maryland Stuart Appleby -3 (T3) Robert Allenby -2 (T6) Matthew Goggin E (T12) Geoff Ogilvy E (T12) Rod Pampling +1 (T19) Stephen Leaney +3 (T30) John Senden +4 (T40) Peter Lonard +6 (T54) Aaron Baddeley +10 (T69) Mark Hensby 74 73 (MC) Andrew Buckle 70 78 (MC) Adam Scott 72 76 (MC) Nick O&aposHern 75 77 (MC) NATIONWIDE TOUR Jason Day has broken through for his first Nationwide Tour victory with a one-stroke win over countryman Scott Gardiner at the Legend Financial Group Classic in Ohio. The 19-year old carded a birdie on the 72nd hole to pip Gardiner and become the youngest player in history to win a PGA Tour sponsored event. Day posted four consecutive sub-70 rounds to finish at 16-nuder and break the tournament record. “I&aposve worked so hard for this so it&aposs great to come out with the win,” Day said. “It was a goal of mine to win on the Nationwide Tour during my first season, so to accomplish that is nice I will remember this win forever.” Day&aposs unrelenting consistency proved pivotal with a bogey-free final round the catalyst for his win. Gardiner made six birdies, however back-to-back bogeys on 15 and 16 derailed his chance of victory. Australian results from the Legend Financial Group Classic at StoneWater Highland Heights, Ohio Jason Day -16 (1) Scott Gardiner -15 (2) David McKenzie -11 (T5) Richard Swift -1 (T44) Bradley Hughes +4 (T61) Aron Price 70 73 (MC) Greg Chalmers 72 73 (MC) Adam Crawford 71 73 (MC) Steven Bowditch 71 77 (MC) Kim Felton 73 75 (MC) Scott Draper 75 80 (MC) EUROPEAN TOUR Peter O&aposMalley finished at eight-under in a tie for seventh at the Smurfit Kappa European Open. The Australian posted three birdies in a final round 69 that saw him finish just three strokes behind winner Colin Montgomerie. Evergreen Peter Fowler finished strongly with back-to-back 67&aposs to come in at five under alongside compatriot Richard Green who closed his tournament with a 68. Australian results from the Smurfit Kappa European Open at The K Club, Ireland Peter O&aposMalley -8 (T7) Peter Fowler -5 (T18) Richard Green -5 (T18) Terry Price -1 (T45) Andrew Tampion 70 72 (MC) Marcus Fraser 69 74 (MC) Brett Rumford 70 75 (MC) Matthew Zions 71 74 (MC) Matthew Millar 74 73 (MC) Peter Senior 75 75 (MC) Wade Ormsby 74 80 (MC) ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week. LPGA TOUR No tournament this week. LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Leah Hart was the best of the Aussies finish in a share of 12th in the Golf Punk Ladies English Open at Chart Hills over the weekend. The Queenslander finished at one-over, eight strokes behind victor Becky Brewerton of England. Karen Lunn was Australia&aposs next-best finisher at three-over followed by Lisa Jean two shots back. Australians entered in the Golf Punk Ladies English Open at Chart Hills, England Leah Hart +1 (T12) Karen Lunn +3 (T20) Lisa Jean +5 (T30) Cherie Byrnes 80 73 (MC) Anna Rawson 76 81 (MC) Joanne Mills 79 79 (MC0 Carlie Butler 86 (MC) Corinne Dibnah 75 (MC)