Date: September 11, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

PGA TOUR Tiger Woods > Daylight > Everyone else. The equation is as simple as that. Woods fired a breathtaking final round of eight-under to claim the BMW Championship and overshadow the superb five-under carded by Australian Aaron Baddeley. The Aussie went into the final round tied for the lead with American Steve Stricker, but like he&aposs done so many times, Woods came from behind to steal the glory. The world number one had four birdies on the front nine and added another four on the back including back-to-back shots to set up the win at 15 and 16. Baddeley couldn&apost have played much better as he recorded six birdies and just one bogey on his way to a 66. Countryman Adam Scott bolted up the leaderboard to finish in outright fourth while Nathan Green finished even on Sunday to take a share of 14th. Australians at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill & Country Club, Illinois Aaron Baddeley -20 (2) Adam Scott -14 (4) Nathan Green -8 (T14) Stuart Appleby -6 (T25) Robert Allenby -4 (T38) Rod Pampling -4 (T38) John Senden E (T52) Nick O&aposHern +4 (T61) Geoff Ogilvy +4 (T61) NATIONWIDE TOUR Mark Hensby finished with back-to-back rounds of 67 to finish equal-third at the Nationwide event in Utah over the weekend. The Aussie started the final round four shots back from leader Franklin Langham but was unable to reel in the deficit. Aron Price finished on 12-under while the Aussie trio of Matthew Jones, Scott Gardiner and David McKenzie were deadlocked at 10-under in a share of 30th spot. Australians at the Utah EnergySolutions Championship at Willow Creek Country Club, Utah Mark Hensby -17 (T3) Aron Price -12 (T20) Matthew Jones -10 (T30) Scott Gardiner -10 (T30) David McKenzie -10 (T30) Steven Bowditch -3 (T63) Greg Chalmers 69 71 (MC) Richard Swift 71 71 (MC) Kim Felton 67 76 (MC) EUROPEAN TOUR Australian Brett Rumford birdied the first play-off hole to claim his third European Tour title in dramatic fashion in the Omega European Masters. Rumford chipped in from off the 18th green to beat England&aposs Phillip Archer after the pair had finished tied on 16-under-par at Crans-sur-Sierre. Archer&aposs approach had also run through the green but the 35-year-old from Warrington – who carded a closing 65 – was unable to match Rumford&aposs feat and had to settle for his second runners-up finish of the season. Rumford, second in the New Zealand Open at the start of the year, said: “It was tracking all the way and I thought it was coming up short but the breeze took it in. “You are just suspended there for that brief second in anticipation but there is nothing going through your mind but &aposGet in&apos. “My short game has pulled me through this week. After Seve Ballesteros&apos redesign the course is very tricky, especially when the greens are firm in the afternoon. “It&aposs been a pretty tough year. It&aposs been emotional and I had to have five minutes to myself in the back room when it all hit me. “I have been trying hard, grinding week in, week out for not much and for it all to come together this week…I just want to get home and see my fiancee and family now.” Australians at the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland Brett Rumford -16 (1) Peter O&aposMalley -1 (T Marcus Fraser +1 (T52) Terry Price +5 (T62) Matthew Millar 75 71 (MC) Wade Ormsby 74 72 (MC) Andrew Tampion 81 71 (MC) Matthew Zions 79 74 (MC) ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week. LPGA TOUR It was a weekend of mixed emotions for young Aussie Katherine Hull who only played one round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship but walked away with the winner&aposs cheque! Hull fired a six-under 66 to be tied for second after the first round of play, alongside Teresa Lu and Kristy McPherson and one behind American amateur Stacy Lewis. But as remnants of Hurricane Henriette passed over Arkansas, the course was deemed unplayable during the second round and as a result, Lewis was unofficially declared the winner. However, due to her amateur status, the youngster is not eligible to collect the winner&aposs cheque, so Hull leaves with the cash after just one round and a super 66! – even though it does not officially count toward the overall money list. Rachel Hetherington had also strung a solid opening round together as she found herself in the clubhouse at three-under. But unfortunately the weather washed away any chance of seeing what these girls had to offer over the weekend. Australians at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, Arkansas Katherine Hull -6 (T2) Rachel Hetherington -3 (T11) Lindsey Wright +3 (T98) Michelle Ellis +4 (T114) FUTURES TOUR Dana Lacey was the best of the small Aussie contingent at the I Love NY Championship on the LPGA developmental Futures Tour. Lacey sandwiched a solid round of 68 in between a 76 and a 73 to finish in a share of 15th at Capital Hills Golf Club. Sarah-Jane Kenyon was three strokes back at seven-over while Rachel Bailey posted an eight-over par total. Australians at the I Love NY Championship at Capital Hills Golf Club, New York Dana Lacey +4 (T15) Sarah-Jane Kenyon +7 (T29) Rachel Bailey +8 (T33) LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Sarah Kemp was the best of the Australians in Denmark, claiming a share of sixth place in the Nykredit Masters. The Aussie finished with a 70 after opening with brilliant rounds of 67 and 68. However a third round 75 left her too far adrift of the leaders to mount a challenge. Joanne Mills maintained her career-best form with an even-par finish. Mills saved her best round until last, posting a 69 on Sunday. Karen Lunn was the next-best Aussie at three-over while Shani Waugh was seven-over the card. Australians at the Nykredit Masters at Helsingor Golf Club, Denmark Sarah Kemp -4 (T6) Joanne Mills E (T19) Karen Lunn +3 (T29) Shani Waugh +7 (T48) Bree Turnbull +9 (T55) Leah Hart +12 (T68) Carlie Butler +14 (T71) Cherie Byrnes 73 73 (MC) Katy Jarochowicz 77 78 (MC) Tamara Hyett 77 79 (MC) Lisa Jean 79 (RET)