Date: June 19, 2007

Aussies Around the World: Weekend Review

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR With the hopes of a nation riding on his shoulders, Aaron Baddeley was close, but unable to deliver Australia&aposs a second US Open trophy in as many years. The 26-year old took a two-stroke lead into the final round at Oakmont Country Club but a triple bogey on the first dashed any hope the Aussie had of maintaining his momentum. The early slip threw the Aussie and he was unable to recover as his maiden Major hopes disappeared. Playing alongside fellow contender and world number one Tiger Woods would not have helped his nerves, but Baddeley can be proud of his efforts in Pennsylvania and can use the experience to hopefully put together another Major charge in the near future. Only half of the Australians entered at Oakmont made the cut on what was a brutal layout. Nick O&aposHern slipped under the radar to finish as the second-best Aussie at 15-over while Stuart Appleby was a further stroke back in a share of 26th position. Adam Scott was among those who missed the cut after two dismal rounds of 76 and 82. The South Australian promised so much leading into the event but was unable to card a birdie through his 36 holes as he fell victim to the merciless Oakmont rough. Argentina Angel Cabrera won the US Open by one stroke from Tiger Woods who missed a long putt on the 18th to force a playoff and local Jim Furyk who might be regretting his decision to take driver on the 17th. Australians entered in the US Open at Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania Robert Allenby 75 79 (MC) Stuart Appleby +16 (T26) Aaron Baddeley +12 (T13) Andrew Buckle 73 81 (MC) Steve Elkington 84 79 (MC) Marcus Fraser +20 (T45) Matthew Goggin +18 (T36) Nathan Green 74 82 (MC) Nick O&aposHern +15 (T23) Geoff Ogilvy +19 (T42) Rod Pampling 81 75 (MC) Adam Scott 76 82 (MC) NATIONWIDE TOUR Greg Chalmers played superb golf to finish in a share of third at 14-under in the Rochester Area Charities Showdown in Minnesota. The Aussie fired two rounds in the 60&aposs to shoot to the top of the leaderboard, but fell two strokes short of joining the playoff alongside Americans Chris Riley and Jamie Lovemark. A group of three Australians including Kim Felton, Bradley Hughes and David McKenzie was locked at eight-under in a share of 28th position. McKenzie started the final day within striking distance of the lead but a double bogey on the first led to a 75 which dashed any hopes he might have had of challenging. Australians entered in the Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby Golf Club, Minnesota Steven Bowditch 69 72 (MC) Greg Chalmers -14 (T3) Kim Felton -8 (T28) Bradley Hughes -8 (T28) Marc Leishman 73 73 (MC) David McKenzie -8 (T28) Ben Meyers 69 74 (MC) Richard Swift 69 73 (MC) Andrew Tschudin -5 (T54) EUROPEAN TOUR Peter Fowler turned back the clock to finish tied for second at the Open de Saint-Omer in France this weekend. The veteran finished at five-under the card, level with local Francois Calmels, three strokes behind winner Carl Suneson. Compatriot Simon Nash also had a solid tournament finishing two-over par in a share of 16th position. His tournament was highlighted by an opening round 66 but Queenslander was unable to maintain his momentum throughout the event. Australians entered in the Open de Saint-Omer at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club, France David Bransdon +10 (T56) Peter Fowler -5 (T2) Simon Nash +2 (T16) Terry Pilkadaris 70 76 (MC) Scott Strange +13 (T72) John Wade 72 75 (MC) Matthew Zions 74 72 (MC) ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week. LPGA TOUR No tournament this week. LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Nikki Garrett and Karen Lunn finished on four-over to be the best-placed Australians at the Catalonia Ladies Masters in Spain. Garrett had a disastrous final day where she dropped six shots in four holes which undid most of her good work in the opening two rounds. Lunn didn&apost fare much better on Sunday with four bogeys on the back nine including three consecutive to finish. Australians entered in the Catalonia Ladies Masters at Club de Masia Beach, Spain Nikki Garrett +4 (T22) Sarah Kemp +6 (T28) Karen Lunn +4 (T22)