Date: July 24, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR/European Tour Richard Green equalled the course record with a barnstorming run of 64 in the final round, but it was a disappointing tournament all in all for the Australian contingent. Just six Aussies made the cut, leaving 14 players observing the weekend from the gallery. Green was the standout performer after his final-day charge which gave him a share of fourth alongside South African Ernie Els. His round of 64 included six birdies and an eagle on 14 and the left-hander would have tied the course record if not for a bogey on the 18th. Adam Scott and Rod Pampling posted respectable totals of two-over, while former National Squad player Won Joon Lee finished at seven over the card. Irishman Padraig Harrington was left holding the Claret Jug after a final round meltdown from Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard led from the opening round but failed to find his range on the final day, succumbing in a four-hole playoff. Garcia wasn&apost able to hole a putt while Harrington helped himself to four birdies and an eagle on his way to a clutch 67. However holding a one-stroke lead going up the 18th, Harrington found the water with consecutive shots which appeared to spell a sad end to his campaign. He scrambled for a six which forced Garcia to make par on the 72nd hole for the championship. Despite a super, yet conservative tee shot down the middle, Garcia found the sand with his approach and after recovering from the bunker, missed the 8-foot putt which would have clinched his first Major championship and buried the ghosts of 1999. As they say in the classics, the rest is history as Harrington birdied the first playoff hole while the Spaniard posted a bogey to face a two-shot deficit with three to play. The margin was too much and despite clawing a shot back on the final hole, Harrington claimed his first Major. Australian results at the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club, Scotland Richard Green -5 (T4) Adam Scott +2 (T27) Rod Pampling +2 (T27) John Senden +6 (T45) Won Joon Lee +7 (T49) Peter Fowler 73 74 (MC) Matthew Zions 72 75 (MC) Terry Pilkadaris 74 74 (MC) Stuart Appleby 74 75 (MC) Nick O&aposHern 71 78 (MC) Geoff Ogilvy 75 74 (MC) Paul Sheehan 75 75 (MC) Aaron Baddeley 78 73 (MC) Robert Allenby 73 79 (MC) Mark Hensby 79 75 (MC) Scott Laycock 74 80 (MC) Ben Bunny 81 77 (MC) David Gleeson 83 77 (MC) Adam Groom 79 81 (MC) Ewan Porter 83 79 (MC) NATIONWIDE TOUR Nick Flanagan was once again the best of the Australians on the Nationwide Tour, posting a solid 10-under overall in the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Montana. Flanagan, who is second on the Nationwide Tour money list came home with a flurry, recording a final round of four-under. Steve Collins was the next best Aussie at nine-under while a group of three were level a further shot back including Richard Swift, Matthew Jones and Steven Bowditch. Australian results at the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club, Montana Nick Flanagan -10 (T30) Steve Collins -9 (T33) Richard Swift -8 (T38) Matthew Jones -8 (T38) Steven Bowditch -8 (T38) Scott Gardiner +1 (T70) LPGA TOUR Lindsey Wright strung together a series of solid victories to reach the quarter-finals of the HSBC World Women&aposs Match Play in New York over the weekend. The 27-year old overcame Brittany Lang 4&3 and then former world number one Annika Sorenstam 3&2 to shoot into the third round. Sorenstam had scraped into the second round with an epic 20 hole victory over young Aussie Katherine Hull, but the Swede was no match for Wright who wrapped up the contest on the 16th. Wright continued her march to the finals with a third round triumph over Jeong Jang. Despite losing the opening two holes, Wright hit back to square the match on the seventh. A birdie on 17 was enough to see the Australian through to the quarter finals. Sadly, that&aposs as far as Wright would progress when she was outclassed 3&2 by Seon Hwa Lee. The South Korean took an early lead and despite the best efforts of Wright, she would bow out honourably to Lee who went on to become champion with a 2&1 victory over Ai Miyazato in the final. Australians results at the HSBC Women&aposs World Match Play Championship at Wykagyl Country Club, New York Lindsey Wright lost 3&2 to Seon Hwa Lee in quarter-final Rachel Hetherington lost 3&2 to Mi Hyun Kim in third round Katherine Hull lost on 20th hole to Annika Sorenstam in first round Wendy Doolan lost 5&4 to My Hyun Kim in first round Karrie Webb lost 1down to Charlotte Mayorkas in first round LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR No tournament this week.