Date: June 11, 2007

Aussies crack top 10

Kyle Thompson provided the golf world with a possible precursor to a successful PGA Tour career with victory at the Rex Hospital Open while David McKenzie and Aron Price led the Aussie charge. American Thompson turned in a one-under 70 on day four of the tournament on the Nationwide Tour to hold off Bob Burns (68) by two strokes. Rick Price (67) was a further two shots behind. Thompson set up his four-round 16-under total on the opening two days when he carded rounds of 64 and 65. McKenzie (72) and Price (71), the pick of the Australians, ended at eight-under in a tie for ninth. Countryman Adam Crawford (67) secured a top 30 finish with his best round of the tournament while Scott Gardiner (73) closed the tournament even with the card. But Thompson, 28, was the toast of the town after cracking it for a victory on the Nationwide Tour. “It is hard to put into words,” Thompson said. “It has always been a dream of mine to win on the Nationwide Tour. To finally get this win is huge.” Thompson can now move on to his ultimate goal of trying to garner one of the 25 PGA Tour cards to be handed out at the end of the 2007 season. “I&aposd love to move to the PGA Tour, but I&aposve always wanted to move up with a win under my belt,” he said.