Date: November 12, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

PGA TOUR No tournament this week. NATIONWIDE TOUR No tournament this week. ASIAN/EUROPEAN TOUR Phil Mickelson won a dramatic playoff in China to claim the HSBC Champions event ahead of Englishmen Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher. It only took two extra holes for the American to stand clear from the pack, as he birdied the 18th to win his first event outside of the US for 14 years. Nathan Green was the best of the Aussies, finishing even with the card while defending MFS Australian Open champion John Senden was deadlocked with countryman Scott Hend at three-over. Australians at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club, China Nathan Green E (T18) John Senden +3 (T27) Scott Hend +3 (T27) Brett Rumford +4 (+33) Marc Leishman +6 (T38) Rod Pampling +9 (T50) Nick O&aposHern +9 (T50) Paul Sheehan +17 (63) Richard Green 73 78 (MC) JAPANESE TOUR Australian Brendan Jones eagled the final hole to post a one-stroke victory in the Taiheiyo Masters in Japan, beating a field containing star compatriots Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy. Jones, who began the final round holding a two-shot cushion, was tied with Japanese Toru Taniguchi after the 17th hole but sank a nine-metre eagle putt on the par-five 18th to score a dramatic win. “I can&apost believe what happened in the last 10 minutes,” said a jubilant Jones, who punched the air at the moment he eagled. “I didn&apost even think to get the putt in, I was trying to get the putt close. It wasn&apost a miracle shot, but it&aposs amazing. It&aposs a Tiger Woods moment.” “I know most of the people today have been hoping for a Taniguchi victory, but I have a lot of supporters in Japan, not only this year or this tournament, I&aposve played here the last six years.” “I love playing in Japan and I hope to play in Japan many, many years.” The Australian carded a two-under-par 70 in the final round. Scott was outright third on 11-under, one shot ahead of compatriots Ogilvy (66) and Chris Campbell (69). Australians at the Taiheiyo Masters, Japan Brendan Jones -14 (1) Adam Scott -11 (3) Geoff Ogilvy -10 (T4) Chris Campbell -10 (T4) Steven Conran -8 (T6) Wayne Perske -4 (T30) Craig Jones Ev (T43) Craig Parry +3 (T53) LPGA TOUR Paula Creamer stunned the field at the LPGA Tournament of Champions in Alabama, streaking away with an eight-stroke victory. The American was unstoppable, carding four sub-70 rounds to triumph from Birdie Kim. Wendy Doolan was the sole Aussie in the field and finished in a share of 29th. Australians at the Tournament of Champions at Magnolia Grove Golf Course, Alabama Wendy Doolan +11 (T29) LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR No tournament this week.