Date: October 27, 2008

Aussies around the world: Weekend Review

PGA TOUR FRYS.COM Open, Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale Arizona. Australia s Matthew Goggin produced another excellent performance to finish third at the Open in Arizona. Goggin s barnstorming final round 7-under 63 saw him jump to third after being tied for 8th at the start of the day s play. Goggin s final score of 17-under left him just one stroke behind Kevin Sutherland and Cameron Beckman who were forced into a play-off after finishing at 18-under through 72 holes. Beckman s win on the second play-off hole earnt the American a two-year exemption. Steve Allan started the final round in 3rd position but fell to 7th with a 1-under 69 to finish at 13-under and was joined by fellow Aussie Michael Sim. Aaron Baddeley finished tied for 11th with a 12-under 268. Veteran Steve Elkington finished in a tie for 17th while Peter Lonard and Rod Pampling shared 20th. Click here for a full leaderboard LPGA TOUR Grand China Air LPGA, Haikou West Golf Club, Hainan Island. Swede Helen Alfredsson fired a stunning 7-under par 65 to clinch victory at the inaugural LPGA tournament in China. Laura Diaz and Karen Stupples traded blows in the opening two rounds and were in contention midway through the final round. Alfredsson benefited from a cracking start which included six birdies in her opening ten holes to claim her second come-from-behind victory this season after Evian Masters win in July. Three shots behind her in second was rising star Yani Tseng who finished at 9-under. Australia s Lindsey Wright finished with eight other players in a tie for 9th at 3-under for the tournament. Katherine Hull finished tied for 23rd after a final round 1-over 73. Click here for a full leaderboard ASIAN TOUR Macau Open, Macau Golf and Country Club, Macau. Australia s David Gleeson brought welcome rain to a six-year title drought with a three stroke win at the Macau Open. The Taipei-based winner nailed consecutive rounds of 69 to finish at 18-under. With the win, Gleeson walked away with a cheque for nearly US$80,000. The win takes Gleeson to 21st place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Gleeson s previous victory was the 2002 Volvo China Open. link title NATIONWIDE TOUR Miccosukee Championship, Miccosukee Golf and CC, Miami, Florida. Gavin Coles was the top placed Australian at the Miccosukee Championship. Coles 10-under par 274 earnt him a share of 3rd place. Australia s Scott Gardiner finished two shots back, tied for sixth at 8-under. Marc Leishman finished at 6-under in a tie for 11th place. American D.A Points birdied his first sudden death play-off hole to defeat Marc Bettencourt after the pair finished at 12-under. The 72nd hole proved to be one of the most exciting finishes on the Nationwide Tour this year after Points slam-dunked from 125 yards and Bettencourt had to nail a 15 foot putt to remain level. Click here for a full leaderboard EUROPEAN TOURCASTELLO MASTERS, Club de Campo Mediterraneo, Castellon, Spain. Sergio Garcia paid tribute to the ill Seve Ballesteros in his win at the Castello Masters in Spain. Playing on the course that he grew up on, Garcia finished at 20-under par and three shots clear of Swede Peter Hedblom who finished at 17-under. The Swede made Garcia fight all the way through their final round and only a bogey on the 17th from Hedblom made the difference. Australian Peter O Malley had a tough time in Castellon and finished at 3-over for the tournament. Click here for a full leaderboard JAPAN TOUR 2008 Bridgestone Open, Sodeguara Country Club. Craig Parry and Scott Laycock both finished at 5-under par 283 after four rounds of the Bridgestone Open in Japan. It gave the pair a share of 32nd position, 16 shots behind winner Azuma Yano. Steven Conran finished in 60th position with even par 288. Click here for a full leaderboard