Date: December 09, 2012

Live Action Blog – Sunday, Final Round

As it happens: is blogging all of the key action as it happens, on Championship Sunday here at the 2012 Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney. DAY FOUR 7:45pm – Sunday, December 9 2012 Emirates Australian Open champion Peter Senior fronts the media with a cherished Stonehaven Cup. “I thought these days (of championships) were over,” Senior said. “One of the toughest days I&aposve ever had on the golf course. Justin Rose and the rest of those guys are great golfers… not for one moment do I think I&aposm as good as those guys.” He also spoke highly of his son Mitch Senior, who caddied all week. “This is probably the most special (because of the time spent together on the course) and I was able to turn to him at the end and say &aposwe did it&apos.” “The biggest thing on a day like this is your start. I made three pars on the first three holes, and I&aposve always been a fighter, so I just had to keep hanging on.” ==== 7:45pm – Sunday, December 9 Peter Senior is your 2012 Emirates Australian Open champion. He wins by one shot from Brendan Jones who finished at 3-under. More on the site shortly! 7:35pm – Sunday, December 9 While Justin Rose (2-under) needs at least a birdie on 17th to find a way to worry Peter Senior at 4-under, spare a thought for John Senden who is +10 today and out of it at 3-over. ==== 7:35pm – Sunday, December 9 Peter Senior pars the 18th and he&aposs done at 4-under. Now it&aposs up to Justin Rose on 17th to challenge him. ==== 7:30pm – Sunday, December 9 Just another quick shout out to the classy Tom Watson… His 3-under 69 is the best score today by at least 2 shots. 7:15pm – Sunday, December 9 Justin Rose bogeys 16th… advantage Peter Senior who is on the green with his tee-shot on 18th. ==== 7:15pm – Sunday, December 9 Peter Senior can only manage a par on 17th (Par 5), it&aposs been kind to a lot of golfers on the way home. But he still leads at 4-under by 1 shot. Justin Rose is teeing off on the 17th now, still a shot back at 3-under but if he gets some value out of this hole – the pressure will be on Senior on the 18th. Brendan Jones is waiting in the clubhouse at 3-under… 7:15pm – Sunday, December 9 Peter Senior (4-under) still leads but looks like the best he can get on the 17th is a birdie – a hole that has netted a couple of eagles in the last hour. Cameron Percy is next up on the 18th and needs a birdie to get to 3-under and possible a chance at a playoff if Senior falters. 7:00pm – Sunday, December 9 Peter Senior still leads at 4-under through 16 holes, one shot up from clubhouse leader Brendan Jones who eagled the 17th to finish up at 3-under in a current tie for 2nd with Justin Rose who is nearing the final few holes. Adam Scott eagled the 17th from off the green, but his charge was over long ago, he finished with a 4-over 76 today and 2-over for the tournament. John Senden has not had a happy day, he&aposs now 9-over for the day as he starts the 15th. ==== 6:00pm – Sunday, December 9 Clubhouse leader Kim Felton spoke to the media following his even-par 72 in the last round, saying he is happy with his last round. “Even par is a great position, but I didn&apost think of be in this position,” Felton said. Peter Senior currently leads after a birdie on the 10th, and a bogey by Justin Rose on the 10th. Rose is level with Cameron Percy in 2nd spot at -2. Overnight leader John Sendon dropped another shot at the 10th to fall to a tie for 4th at -1. For a full update, check out the live leaderboard. ==== 5:25pm – Sunday, December 9 Justin Rose has jumped back into the lead at -3 following a double bogey on the par-3 7th by John Senden. Senden found two bunkers on the hole to fall to equal 2nd with Cameron Percy, Peter Senior and Matthew Jones. ===== 4:55pm – Sunday, December 9 Stuart Appleby has had a lacklustre start to his final round, but remains in contention at -1 through six holes. Bruce Young has examined the impact that his new caddie Mike Waite has had on Appleby&aposs game at this year&aposs Emirates Australian Open. Overnight leader John Senden remains in the lead by just one shot from Justin Rose and Peter Senior, but the big mover has been Scott Gardiner, who sits in a tie for 4th with -2, and -1 for the day. For a full update, check out the live leaderboard. ==== 4:25pm – Sunday, December 9 So how windy was it earlier today at The Lakes? The picture above might give you an idea… The good news is the wind abated enough to allow the players to get out on the course. John Senden still leads at 5-under through 3 holes. Adam Scott&aposs title challenge appears over, he&aposs doubled bogeyed the 3rd and bogeyed the 5th to fall to 1-over through 6 holes. Remember, if you are here at The Lakes for the Final Round – make sure you download the Official iPhone App to keep track of the live scores as they change. ==== 4:15pm – Sunday, December 9 Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford & Jamie Arnold have 11 birdies between them today… but unfortunately for them, none were under par at day&aposs start. Stuart Appleby has come unstuck on the 4th – three putting for double bogey and dropping to 1-under for the tournament. Four back from Senden at 5-under. Justin Rose drops a shot of his own at the 4th and is now tied for 2nd with Peter Senior at 4-under – Senior has parred his opening 3 holes. ==== 4:02pm – Sunday, December 9 Brett Rumford started the day 1-over but in tough conditions he has shot 2-under through 15 holes to get himself up to equal-9th at 1-under. John Senden missed a gettable birdie putt on the 2nd but remains in the lead at 5-under with Justin Rose. Of the current Top 7 – no player has birdied a hole through the 1st, 2nd or 3rd. ==== 3:47pm – Sunday, December 9 John Senden double bogeys the 1st and the tournament is well and truly alive shortly after the resumption. We&aposve just been out on the Par 3 9th where the wind is assisting tee shots (blowing from the right toward the pin on the left of the green), but putting is proving very difficult. === 3:00pm – Sunday, December 9 All of our players are now underway, with John Senden and Justin Rose teeing off. Senden&aposs tee shot skewed off to the right, but he is looking to recover and maintain his lead. Brett Rumford and Kyle Felton have made good starts after the suspension of play, with birdies on the 11th and 7th respectively pushing them under par for the round. For a full update, check out the live leaderboard. ==== 3:00pm – Sunday, December 9 We&aposre back underway now at The Lakes, conditions are still blustery but it will make for some very intriguing golf. Cameron Percy and Kyle Stanley have just teed off on the first, with Stuart Appleby and Kieran Pratt next up. For a full update, check out the live leaderboard. ==== 2:50pm – Sunday, December 9 With play due to commence in 10 minutes, we thought we&aposd update you with some of the player locations of the title contenders. John Senden and Justin Rose are yet to tee off, along with a host of other players chasing them down. Adam Scott has hit his tee shot at the 1st, and will return there. Brett Rumford and Nick O&aposHern will resume at the 11th, while Steven Jones and Mathew Goggin still have shots to play on the 2nd. For a full update, check out the live leaderboard. ==== 2:18pm – Sunday, December 9 We will be back underway at 2:50pm – it&aposs happening! Good news golf fans! 2:00pm – Sunday, December 9 The TV tower that fell onto the 18th green has been removed. Still brisk here but there is talk we should hear something from tournament officials later this hour. ==== 1:33pm – Sunday, December 9 Play is still being held up by high winds here at The Lakes, but we have exclusive video of Tom Watson&aposs post-round press conference. Check out the highlights here Get the Official iPhone App ==== 12:33pm – Sunday, December 9 Tournament director Trevor Herden has updated the press on the current conditions on course. “(The wind) has got up to 80km per hour…we&aposve and obligation to the players and spectators,” Herden said. “I don&apost see why we can&apost finish… but if it means we come back tomorrow, we come back tomorrow.” Hopefully we can get out there early this afternoon, we will keep you up to date here and on @ausopengolf. ==== 12:23pm – Sunday, December 9 We&aposve taken a look back at Tom Watson&aposs week at the 2012 Emirates Australian Open here. Standby for an update regarding the state of play – Tournament Director Trevor Herden will hold a press conference shortly. ==== 11:57am – Sunday, December 9 Play has been suspended due to high winds and balls moving on the course. We will update you when play resumes. In the meantime, while walking the course, we heard this from one keen observer… “That Tom Watson&aposs nice, he&aposs a real ladies man with that smile of his.” ==== 11:13am – Sunday, December 9 Greg Chalmers gets the start he was after, birdies the 1st to move to 2-under for the tournament and is currently equal-9th. Nick O&aposHern may have only played 6 holes but he&aposs already shooting the 2nd best score of round at 2-under. Tom Watson best with 3-under today. ==== 10:53am – Sunday, December 9 Tom Watson has spoken to the press after his 3-under 69 on the final day. We will have the best bits of his presser on shortly. Will Watson return to Australia again? Join in the conversation via our Social Hub. ==== 10:35am – Sunday, December 9 Tournament Leaders @JohnSendenGolf at 7-under and @JustinRose99 at 5-under tee-off at 12:20pm from this beauty of a hole. Tee-ing off around now are Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers and Marcus Fraser. Golfing legend Tom Watson just completed his final round with a 69 to finish the tournament at 5-over. Remember, if you are coming down to The Lakes for the Final Round – make sure you download the Official iPhone App – it&aposll be your best friend on the course. 8:55am – Sunday December 9 Tom Watson is at 2-under thru 10, and is enjoying a very consistent start to the day. Four birdies has meant Kurt Barnes (-2 thru 10) is also one of our best performers early on the last day of play. ==== 8:15am – Sunday December 9 Kurt Barnes is the unlucky individual playing on his own in the final round, but he has started positively with three birdies in the first seven holes to sit at -1 for the round and +8 for the tournament. Tom Watson has started steadily, with -1 for the round after the birdie on the first, while Craig Parry is also at -1 after a birdie on the second. ==== 7:25am – Sunday December 9 Action is underway at The Lakes, with legend Tom Watson starting well with a birdie on the first. You can check out all the tee times for the final round here. Leader John Senden and Justin Rose tee off at 12:20pm, while other contenders Adam Scott/Matthew Millar tee off at 11:36am and Stuart Appleby/Kieran Pratt at 11:58am. Remember for all the latest from The Lakes