Peter Senior has wound back the clock to win the Handa Australia Cup in Perth, Mathew Goggin has fired a seven-under par 63 to finish in third place at the Frys.com Open in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gavin Coles fired a three-under par 68 to finish in a tie for third place at the Miccosukee Championships in Miami, Florida and David Gleeson clinched a three shot victory at the Macau Open to break his six year drought. See the full Aussies in Action world roundup.
Peter Senior winds back the clock in Perth
Peter Senior has wound back the clock to claim the $20,000 winner’s cheque in the Handa Australia Cup at Nedlands Golf Club.
Senior held a three shot overnight lead after a 7 under par 65 and was never threatened during the final round posting a 4 under 68 to claim the title by 4 shots over Victorian junior Nathan Holman. The third player in the final group Jan Stephenson finished a further 2 shots back in third, but claimed the $10,000 winners cheque for senior ladies. With a large crowd following the final group Senior showed that he can still compete at the highest level. Senior now heads to The Cut Golf Club to compete in the Von Nida Tour’s Oceanique WA PGA Championship and will start as one of the favourites.
Stewart Ginn claimed fourth spot on 3 under par. Handa Australia Cup host and tournament organiser Wayne Smith received a late call up when Garry Merrick withdrew due to injury and made the most of his chance finishing in a tie for fifth on one under par 143.
Tournament drawcard Ian Baker-Finch fired a respectable second round 70 to finish in a tie for seventh alongside Rodger Davis and Michael Harwood on even par.
The Handa Australia Cup is a unique event in that it brings together some of the games past champions (both male and female) and provides the opportunity for a select group of juniors the experience of a lifetime.
The senior men now head to Concord Golf Club to compete in the $300,000 Handa Open.
Mathew Goggin fires a 63 to finish third in Arizona
Goggin started the day in eighth place, but four birdies in his last five holes took him to 17-under overall and the clubhouse lead.
But American duo Cameron Beckman and Kevin Sutherland both finished one stroke ahead of the plucky Australian, with Beckman going on to win the tournament in a playoff.
Sutherland, who carded a closing 66, bogeyed the 16th to drop into a tie with Beckman and missed a birdie from nine feet on the 18th for the win.
Both players parred the first play-off hole with Sutherland missing from 13 feet for the win.
On the second play-off hole, Beckman hit his approach to six and a half feet and two-putted for the win as Sutherland needed four shots to make it on the green.
It was the second play-off loss of the season for Sutherland, who was beaten along with Sergio Garcia by Vijay Singh at The Barclays in August.
Mike Weir, J.J. Henry and Arron Oberholser finished in a tie for fourth at 14-under, while Australian duo Michael Sim and Steve Allan were among those in a tie for seventh.
Aaron Baddeley will be happy with his weekend performance after he backed up his four-under 66 in the third round with a five-under 65 in the final round to shoot up to 11th position.
A further three Aussies finished in the top 20, with Steve Elkington in a tie for 17th and Peter Lonard and Rod Pampling in a tie for 20th at 10-under.
Mark Hensby and Nick Flanagan finished well down the leaderboard in a tie for 61st and 65th respectively.
Fourth Round of the Frys.com Open, Arizona
-18: Cameron Beckman 69 66 64 63 (won playoff), Kevin Sutherland 67 66 63 66
-17: Matthew Goggin (Australia) 69 63 68 63
-14: J.J Henry 65 69 68 64, Arron Oberholser 65 64 71 66, Mike Weir 66 68 69 63
-13: Steve Allan (Australia) 67 63 68 69, Paul Goydos 70 62 66 69, Pat Perez 71 66 67 63, Michael Sim (Australia) 72 63 68 64
-12: Woody Austin 69 65 65 69, Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 67 70 66 65, Davis Love III 69 67 67 65, George McNeill 68 63 66 71, Brenden Pappas 69 69 64 66, Bob Tway 69 67 64 68
-11: Steve Elkington (Australia) 66 67 68 68, Billy Mayfair 69 64 68 68, Sean O’Hair 68 65 69 67
-10: Peter Lonard (Australia) 69 70 64 67, Rod Pampling (Australia) 70 68 65 67
-3: Mark Hensby (Australia) 69 66 70 72
-2: Nick Flanagan (Australia) 71 67 69 71
Coles third on Nationwide
Gavin Coles fired a three-under par 68 to finish in a tie for third place at the Miccosukee Championships in Miami, Florida.
Coles finished at 10-under alongside Bryce Molder and Josh Broadway, two shots behind D.A. Points and Matt Bettencourt who need a playoff to decide the winner.
Points birdied the first sudden death playoff hole to win the Nationwide Tour event at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club.
It was a strong performance by the Aussie contingent with Scott Gardiner finishing at eight-under in a tie for sixth place and Marc Leishman a further two strokes back in a tie for 11th.
Andrew Bonhomme also put in a good showing to finish at four-under in a tie for 20th, while Steven Dartnall was another shot back in a tie for 30th.
Aron Price and Won Joon Lee were not at their best, finishing the tournament at even-par in 45th place, and current No.2 on the money list Jarrod Lyle will be disappointed with his four days after he finished in a tie for 52nd.
Gleeson breaks drought
Australia‘s David Gleeson has fired a final round of 69 to clinch a three-shot victory at the Macau Open.
Gleeson started the final day with a two-stroke advantage, but bogeyed the first hole to drop back into a tie for the lead with Kao Bo-song.
But from that point on the veteran carded five birdies and two bogeys to finish the 72 holes at 18-under-par and clinch his first title in over six years.
“I told my caddie (Sanker Ganesan) at the start of the tournament that I wanted to win this week by as many shots as possible. I also told myself that if I don’t go for it, I won’t have a chance so I’m happy that I went for it this week,” Gleeson said.
“I reached the little goals that I had set all day which proved to be the key. On the 18th hole, I just had to avoid the water and I knew I had it once the ball landed on the green.”
“I remember the time with my coach (Ken Berndt) who asked me how I am going to react after finishing a hole well. I replied that I wasn’t sure. I was more worried about what my friends would do to me in celebration and that’s exactly what happened today.”
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang produced a 66 to claim second place at 15-under, while Kao finished in outright third a further shot back.
Adam Blyth was the next best placed of the Australians in a tie for sixth at 12-under, while compatriots Unho Park and Tony Carolan finished equal 13th at nine-under.
Final results from Macau Open: (par 71)
-18: David Gleeson (Australia) 64 64 69 69
-15: Lin Wen tang 65 68 70 66
-14: Kao Bo song 66 68 65 71
-13: Mars Pucay 67 70 69 65, Yasin Ali 69 64 70 68
-12 Lu Wei chih 68 70 69 65, Somkiat Srisanga 69 68 69 66, Adam Blyth (Australia) 68 65 71 68
-11: Wisut Artjanawat 65 69 68 71, Steven Tiley 70 67 65 71
-10: Wu Ashun 70 68 69 67, Chan Yih shin 69 67 67 71
-9: Danny Chia 67 68 72 68, Chris Rodgers 72 65 70 68, Unho Park (Australia) 67 72 68 68, Tony Carolan (Australia) 67 69 67 72
-8: Zhang Lian wei 72 67 68 69, Wang Ter chang 66 69 69 72
-7: Udorn Duangdecha 65 72 73 67, Neven Basic (Australia) 70 67 70 70, Lin Wen hong 65 69 72 71
No luck for Parry in Japan
Azuma Yano fired a closing 67 to claim the Bridgestone Open by four shots on Sunday.
Yano carded six birdies against a solitary bogey to clinch the title on 21 under par ahead of Takao Nogami.
Nogami tried to make a fight of it, sinking five birdies and an eagle in his second consecutive six-under 66 but his 17-under score ultimately fell well short.
Shigeki Maruyama finished third on 15 under following a four-under-par round of 68.
Craig Parry and Scott Laycock were the best of the Aussies in a tie for 32nd place at five-under par.
(Source material courtesy of PGA of Australia)