Date: June 12, 2007
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Aussies Around The World: Weekend Review

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR After leading the field for three days, Adam Scott faded when it counted most to finish well off the pace in the Stanford St. Jude Championship. The Australian started the day three strokes in front and would have been feeling confident after opening with six straight pars. Scott bogeyed the seventh before back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 left him in prime position. However a wayward tee shot on 14 forced the Aussie to scramble and he just missed making par with a five footer. His ball found water on the 15th before Scott three-putted his way to a triple bogey and out of contention. It was a disappointing finish for the Aussie who let his second title slip away in the back nine of a tournament in as many weeks. Robert Allenby was the next-best Australian at one under the card while Stephen Leaney moved up to one-over after shooting a solid final round 68. Australian results from the Stanford St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind, Tennessee Stephen Allan +10 (T70) Robert Allenby -1 (T12) Stuart Appleby 75 71 (MC) Steven Bowditch 79 (WD) Andrew Buckle +2 (T25) Gavin Coles +4 (T39) Steve Elkington +5 (T46) Matthew Goggin 74 73 (MC) Paul Gow 83 (WD) Nathan Green +11 (T72) Stephen Leaney +1 (T21) Jarrod Lyle 73 73 (MC) Geoff Ogilvy 78 71 (MC) Adam Scott -4 (7) John Senden 77 70 (MC) Paul Sheehan 77 73 (MC) Michael Sim 80 76 (MC) NATIONWIDE TOUR David McKenzie and Aron Price fired scores of eight-under to finish in equal ninth position at the Rex Hospital Open in North Carolina. McKenzie went into the final round on the back of a scintillating third round 64 and things looked bright with a birdie on the opening hole. However a double bogey on the second and a bogey on the fourth all but ended any hopes the Aussie might have had of challenging. Birdies on 13 and 18 however ensured a strong finish and a share of ninth position with his countryman. It wasn&apost a strong week for Nick Flanagan though who bombed out after two rounds. The Aussie young gun fired rounds of 71 and 70 and was unlucky to miss the cut by just one stroke. Australian results from the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation, North Carlolina Sam Brazel 74 72 (MC) Adam Crawford -4 (T30) Nick Flanagan 71 70 (MC) Scott Gardiner E (T46) Bradley Hughes 71 70 (MC) David McKenzie -8 (T9) Aron Price -8 (T9) Richard Swift 73 71 (MC) EUROPEAN TOUR Richard Green has broken through for just his second win in a decade on the European Tour. It took a playoff to decide the champ, but the left-hander triumphed on the second extra hole over Frenchman Jean-Francois Remsey. Like his compatriot in the United States, Green took a three-stroke lead into the final round and like Scott, almost let it slip. A par on the 72nd hole was all he needed to wrap up the win, but three-putts later and Green was headed for an excruciating playoff. On the second playoff hole, Remsey&aposs approach to the par-five round a patch of rocks adjacent to water near the green. Although the Frenchman completed a deft recovery to post a bogey, Green managed to chip within centimetres of the hole to claim the trophy and his first win since the Dubai Desert Classic in 1997. Matthew Zions was the next-best Aussie at eight-under the card followed by David Bransdon who was two strokes back at six-under. Australian results from the BA-CA Golf Open at Fontana Golf Club, Austria David Bransdon -6 (T33) Peter Fowler -1 (T52) Richard Green -16 (1) Simon Nash E (T57) Wade Ormsby +6 (T65) Terry Pilkadaris -2 (T49) Scott Strange 73 73 (MC) John Wade 74 73 (MC) Matthew Zions -8 (T21) ASIAN TOUR Adam Blyth had consistent rounds of 69 68 69 70 to finish outright sixth in the Bangkok Airways Open at Koh Samui. The Queenslander was eight under the card, four strokes ahead of the next Aussie, Mitchell Brown who shot a respectable four-under. Blyth&aposs solid result has seen him rise to 12th position in the Asian Tour Order of merit. Fellow Aussies, Scott Strange and Unho Park are 15th and 16th respectively. Australian results from the Bangkok Airways Open at Santiburi Samui CC, Koh Samui Scott Barr +3 (T33) Neven Basic -2 (T18) Shane Baxter 74 74 (MC) Rowan Beste 78 71 (MC) Adam Blyth -8 (6) Marcus Both 74 76 (MC) Mitchell Brown -4 (T15) Gavin Flint +1 (T25) Adam Groom +15 (65) Ashley Hall +9 (T53) Troy Kennedy +8 (T51) Stuart Lunn-Walker +7 (T46) Richard Moir +13 (T62) Jarrod Moseley 79 70 (MC) Unho Park 74 77 (MC) LPGA TOUR Australian Karrie Webb fell just short of claiming her eighth major overnight, going down to Suzann Pettersen by one-stroke. The Queenslander birdied the final two holes to finish on five-under, but it wasn&apost quite enough to sneak across the line. It is the second consecutive year Webb has finished runner-up in Maryland and was evidently disappointed but gracious all the same in her post-round media conference. “You almost would have thought it (a 67) would have been good enough,” she mused. “The conditions were benign and obviously a lot easier than yesterday. I&aposm disappointed I lost by one, but am pretty happy with my performance.” Webb&aposs birdies down the stretch set up a grandstand finish, however the MFS Women&aposs Australian Open champ also identified where the tournament might have been lost. “I didn&apost execute very well off the tee on 15 and 16,” she said. “That was really the difference.” “If I would have hit the fairway on 15 and made a birdie there, there&aposs my one shot. But I still made a great par there and made a great up-and-down on 16 and then two great birdies. So you know, I made Suzann think about it on the last which is all can ask for in the end.” Despite the narrow loss, Webb appeared confident which is a brilliant sign for the Aussie with two more majors, the US Women&aposs Open and the Women&aposs British Open approaching rapidly on the horizon. The next-best Aussie at the LPGA Championship was Wendy Doolan who shot a solid two-under for the tournament to finish in a share of 25th position. Australian results from the McDonalds LPGA Championship at Harve de Grace, Maryland Wendy Doolan -2 (T25) Rachel Hetherington +5 (T59) Katherine Hull +6 (T62) Karrie Webb -13 (2) LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Joanne Mills was the best of the Aussies in the Netherlands at the KLM Ladies Open. The Sydneysider shot a total score of five-under to finish in a share of sixth position alongside the French pair of Sophie Giquel and Nathalie David-Mila. Mills saved her best for last, shooting four birdies in a final round 70 to move up the leaderboard. She finished one stroke ahead of Sarah Kemp who had a blistering 66 in the second round, but was disappointed with a final round 74. Winner of two LET titles this year, Nikki Garrett, had an unusually off week missing the cut by three strokes. Australian results from the KLM Ladies Open at Eindhovensche Golf Club, Netherlands Cherie Byrnes 76 72 (MC) Nikki Garrett 75 74 (MC) Leah Hart E (T28) Lisa Jean E (T28) Sarah Kemp -4 (T9) Karen Lunn E (T28) Joanne Mills -5 (T6) Kristie Newton E (T28) Anna Rawson 74 74 (MC) Rebecca Stevenson -3 (T11) Bree Turnbull +2 (T46) Shani Waugh +5 (T63)