Date: April 18, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

By Alistair Hogg Australian Stephen Leaney picked up six shots in just five holes as he tore the front nine apart in the final round of the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Golf Club. Leaney started with an eagle on par-five second before carding four consecutive birdies to give him a genuine chance of winning, but two bogeys and a double in a four-hole span on the back nine dashed the West Australian&aposs hopes of glory. Defending champ, Aaron Baddeley finished tied for tenth at six-under the card. A second round 66 gave the Australian hope of finishing up the leader board but he was unable to maintain the pressure and lost touch with the pace setters. After shooting three consecutive rounds in the 60&aposs, Rod Pampling had a disappointing 75 in the final round which saw him plummet to finish in a tie for 16th. The Queenslander was among the leaders until four bogeys and a double spelled a disappointing end to his title charge. Extreme winds forced the final round to be delayed by one day but the gusts of wind persisted on Monday and had a noticeable affected on scoring. The event was won in dramatic style by American Boo Weekley who chipped in to save par on both 17 and 18 to finish one clear of South African Ernie Els. Australian results from the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina Aaron Baddeley -6 (T10) Gavin Coles 73 73 (MC) Steve Elkington +1 (T36) Matthew Goggin E (T29) Nathan Green +2 (T44) Mark Hensby E (T29) Stephen Leaney -12 (3) Peter Lonard +1 (T36) Nick O&aposHern -2 (T23) Geoff Ogilvy +3 (T50) Rod Pampling -4 (T16) John Senden 73 72 (MC) Like his compatriot playing in the US, Scott Hend started well but was unable to keep it together through the back nine, coming second in the Volvo China Open. The Queenslander was two-under through nine and just one off the pace before back-to-back bogeys after the turn handed Austrian and eventual winner Marcus Brier a handy cushion. Hend found birdies elusive on the back nine as his putts just didn&apost seem to be dropping. Another bogey on 17 spelled the end of his challenge but a birdie on 18 ensured he would claim a share of second place. The next best Aussie was Peter O&aposMalley who shot 67 and 69 in the third and fourth rounds respectively to finish tied for sixth position. The veteran had a bogey free third round and capped it with a two-under par on Sunday to finish just two behind Hend. Brett Rumford was equal-eleventh even with the card while Unho Park finished in a tie for 14th at one-over. The news wasn&apost all good though as eight of the 20 Australian competitors missed the cut. Australian results from the Volvo China Open at Shanghai Silport GC, China Scott Barr 82 72 (MC) Adam Blyth +6 (T39) Marcus Both +8 (T51) David Bransdon 74 75 (MC) Tony Carolan +4 (T23) Gavin Flint 74 75 (MC) Marcus Fraser +7 (T44) David Gleeson 73 75 (MC) Adam Groom +8 (T51) Scott Hend -5 (T2) Brad Kennedy 74 75 (MC) Adam Le Vesconte 76 75 (MC) Peter O&aposMalley -3 (T6) Matthew Millar 79 78 (MC) Unho Park +1 (T14) Terry Pilkadaris +4 (T23) Brett Rumford E (T11) Gary Simpson 74 75 (MC) Scott Strange +2 (T19) Kane Webber +12 (T68) Karrie Webb was Australia&aposs best at the Ginn Open in Florida, carding a one-nuder for the tournament to finish equal-14th. The MFS Women&aposs Australian Open champ had a disappointing final round of 75 but it wasn&apost so bad when put in context. The field was battered by strong winds and not a single player managed to shoot under par on Sunday. One of the best rounds of the day was an even-par 72 by American Brittany Lincicome who stole the title from the fancied Lorena Ochoa by one-stroke. Katherine Hull performed well to finish five-over for the tournament while Lindsey Wright was one stroke back after a final round 77. Veteran Rachel Hetherington missed the cut. Australian results from the Ginn Open at Reunion Resort & Club, Florida Karrie Webb -1 (T14) Rachel Hetherington 78 72 (MC) Katherine Hull +5 (T43) Lindsey Wright +6 (T50)