Geoff Ogilvy has finished in a tie for third place at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai after a two-under par 70 in his final round.
The former US Open champion had an up-and-down round with three bogeys and five birdies to finish at 13-under overall, just one stroke behind leaders Sergio Garcia and Oliver Wilson.
New world No.2 Garcia edged out his Ryder Cup team-mate in a play-off to win a thrilling rain-affected tournament.
With the win, Garcia claimed a career-high in the world rankings, while the $US833,300 (AU$1,214,397) first prize sends the 28-year-old top of the inaugural Race to Dubai.
“It feels great,” said Garcia after claiming his eighth European Tour victory.
“I am so proud, to win and become world number two, it’s been a great week.”
SAS Masters winner Peter Hanson shot a six-under-par 66 to share third place alongside Ogilvy.
Adam Scott capped off a good tournament for the Aussie contingent with a sixth-place finishing, while Andrew Bonhomme faded in his final round to finish at even-par in a tie for 31st.
Crazy Phil Mickelson could only manage a one-over par 73 in his final round to finish in a tie for eighth place at nine-under.
Wood wins NSW PGA Championship
RIVERSIDE OAKS: CATTAI, NSW, Sunday November 9: In a thrilling finish today, Victorian Tim Wood held off a late charge from Peter Senior and Michael Long to win the 2008 Cellarbrations NSW PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks.
The 27 year old Victorian took the match to the wire bogeying the final two holes to win by just a a shot over last week’s Oceanique WA PGA Championship winner Long and the evergreen Senior.
Wood, a regular on the Canadian Tour for the past two seasons claimed his maiden Von Nida Tour victory after entering the final day with a one shot lead over Long and held a two shot lead at the 16th. Both he and Long then bogeyed the 17th as Senior knocked in a 30 foot birdie putt, but the young Victorian’s lead gave him enough to come home with the win.
He finished the tournament on a total of 16 under 272, with Long and Senior in equal second place on 15 under 273.
Pymble trainee pro Brent McCullogh came home with a final round 68 to finish outright third on 11 under followed by New Zealander Brad Shilton and Newcastle’s James Nitties who sailed home with rounds of five under 67 to finish T7 on 11 under alongside Sydney’s Dean Kinney and Tristan Lambert.
Former US Tour winner Andre Stolz finished at 10 under and T11 alongside defending champion Scott Draper.
For Wood, he picked up the first prize of $15,000 and will head to The Vintage GC in the Hunter Valley to contest the season ending NSW Open starting on Thursday.
Four Aussies secure 209 US PGA Tour cards
Four Australians have secured their 2009 US PGA TOUR cards after finishing in the Top 25 on the Nationwide Tour Money List for 2008.
At the conclusion of the 2008 Nationwide Tour Championship on Sunday (US time) Jarrod Lyle, Greg Chalmers, Aron Price and Marc Leishman booked their tickets to the big show and the chance to win a prized US PGA Tour event next season.
They join Robert Allenby (11), Geoff Ogilvy (15), Stuart Appleby (22), Adam Scott (39), Mathew Goggin (40), Rod Pampling (47), Aaron Baddeley (49), Peter Lonard (66), Nick O’Hern (75), Steve Elkington (85), John Senden (86), Tim Wilkinson NZL (92) and Nathan Green (113) as members of the 2009 US PGA TOUR after the 13 players retained their cards by finishing in the Final Top 125 on the US Tour this year, taking the total number of
Australasians who are currently members of the 2009 US PGA Tour to 19.
That number is likely to increase after the Final Stage of US TOUR Qualifying School to be held from December 3-8 in La Quinta, California.
Lyle finished at the top of the list of Australasians in 4th place after winning twice on the Nationwide Tour this season, followed by Greg Chalmers (8th), Aron Price (18) and Marc Leishman (19), all who tasted victory as the Aussies tallied up their most successful season yet with seven wins in total.
Also, winners on the Tour this season were Ewan Porter (41) and Gavin Coles (48) who finished in the Top 60 on the Money List and who have retained their Nationwide Tour cards for 2009, as has Won Joon Lee who finished 50th.
Villegas & Poulter to add flair and flamboyance to 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic
Perth, Western Australia; Tuesday, November 11, 2008; World number seven Camilo Villegas and Ian Poulter, ranked 25, will add a touch of flair and flamboyance to the 2009 JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC in Perth, Western Australia when Asia Pacific’s premier luxury golf event tees off February 19 to 22 at The Vines Resort & Country Club.
Colombia’s Villegas, one of the most exciting young talents in the game today whose swashbuckling style has grabbed the attention of the golfing world in 2008, and Poulter, well known for his flamboyant dress sense both on and off the course, will line up alongside Englishmen Lee Westwood and Paul Casey as well as Australia’s Great White Shark, Greg Norman.
“The 2009 JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC field is shaping up to be one of the strongest and most colourful we have ever had in the 19-year history of this prestigious tournament,” commented David Gates, Global Brand Director for JOHNNIE WALKER.
“With Villegas and Poulter joining a host of truly international golfing stars from the top echelons of the European, Asian and Australasian Tours, the action on the course in Perth is guaranteed to be highly competitive and extremely exciting. Combine this with the wonderful backdrop of Western Australia and the fantastic off-course entertainment that JOHNNIE WALKER traditionally organizes and we are in for another spectacular JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC.”
Western Australia Tourism Minister Dr Liz Constable said the strong field would be welcomed by Perth’s golf enthusiasts.
“The JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC has always been a favourite with locals and visitors alike and I’m sure, with the line-up set for 2009, it will be more popular than ever before,” Dr Constable said.
Over the past 18 years the JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC has been played in eight different countries and 13 different golf clubs around the Asia Pacific region including China in 2005 and earlier this year, for the first time, India.
Golf legends and young guns at NSW Open
Monday, November 10. Anticipation is mounting as Australia’s golf legends and rising stars descend upon The Vintage and the Hunter Valley for the 2008 NSW Open starting Thursday.
The NSW Open is the final Von Nida Tour event for 2008 and will see the 2008 Von Nida Tour winner announced on Sunday afternoon.
Golf legend and Seniors Order of Merit leader Rodger Davis will be arriving tonight and will be joined at The Vintage by Bob Shearer on Tuesday morning. Rounding out the “Young Guns” entering the field and participating in The Open are 15 year old amateur qualifier Jake Higginbotton and Eisenhower Cup team members Rohan Blizard, Tim Stewart and Matthew Griffin.
Other legends participating in NSW Open week at The Vintage are World Golf Hall of Fame member Kel Nagle and 1991 British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch,
They, along with renowned Australian golfers Billy Dunk and Jack Newton will be joining other former NSW Open champions including Shearer, Davis, Terry Price and defending champion Jason Norris on Wednesday for the inaugural Legends Luncheon in the Vintage Members Lounge.
Friday14th November will be the NSW Open Championship Gala and will feature the Team Challenge Pro-Am. Draw. The Team Challenge Pro-Am. is a Pebble Beach-style pro-am that is run alongside the Open. This year’s Team. Challenge Pro-Am. will be held during the final two rounds of the NSW Open – on Saturday and Sunday, 15 – 16 November.
Featured amateurs for the Team Challenge Pro-Am. are legendary tennis professional John Newcombe and former Wallabies star Matt Burke. Rod McGeoch will be the host and emcee for the special evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the stars.
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