Australian PGA Championship review

Greg Chalmers handled the pressure better than his compatriots as he came through a three-way playoff against compatriots Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser to win the Australian PGA Championship.

The win proves Chalmers triumph over Tiger Woods in the Australian Open two weeks ago was no fluke, and is now the holder of both of Australia’s major tournament trophies.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the highly entertaining last round of the tournament – there were as many as seven different leaders throughout the day.

The three Australians held the nerve better than the rest and didn’t succumb to the pressure.

It was a titanic effort from Chalmers especially, who started the final round six shots off the lead.

"I thought I would have to shoot eight-under or something like that to really be in with a chance," Chalmers said.

"I thought a guy starting at 13-under would move toward 15-under or maybe even deeper.

"The course was a little tricky but I thought there were still quite a few birdies out there — I tried to play solid golf and I made some very nice putts when I really needed to.

"I was a little surprised 12-under would end up getting me into a play-off," he added.

"I thought it would get me a nice top three or top five finish."
 

Australian PGA Championship third round review

KT Kim played steadily over the back nine while challengers fell around him, shooting a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson into the final round of the Australian PGA.

Kim, who played for the losing International side at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne last week, had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 at the Hyatt Regency resort course in Coolum.

Watson, who held the lead for part of the third round, double-bogeyed the par-5 15th with two bad chips out of the rough to finish with a 69 after eagling the opening par-5 first.

Aaron Baddeley was in third place after a 67, three strokes behind. Second-round leader Marcus Fraser (74), YE Yang (70) and David Bransdon (67) were tied for fourth, four strokes behind.

Despite winning his last two matches at the Presidents Cup, Kim said he wasn't expecting a lot at Coolum.

"My expectations coming into this week were quite low," the Korean said through an interpreter. "Off the practice tee on Tuesday and then the pro-am on Wednesday, I sort of thought that this wasn't my type of course. So I have over exceeded my expectations so far.

"The bigger part of it is you don't really need to crush it off on the tee, so for a guy like me it is more about accuracy. But I still have got a very long day tomorrow, although I am not feeling a lot of pressure."

Australian PGA Championship second round review

Australian Marcus Fraser shot a brilliant 7-under-par 65 in the second round to take a two-shot lead over American Bubba Watson in the Australian PGA Championship.

Fraser had surgery on a career-threatening neck injury at the beginning of the year and will be delighted to be back at the top of the leaderboard.

Watson was in the lead for much of the day, but a three-putt bogey on 18 left him two shots behind Fraser.

KT Kim (67) was in third, three behind. Y.E. Yang (68) and three Australians – John Senden, Adam Scott (67) and Robert Allenby (68) were tied for fourth, four behind Fraser.

"You have to be patient on this course, and if you start to short-side yourself, you have to work pretty hard to make par," Fraser said. "That's what happened on 17.

"We all know the quality of the field, and it's probably the best week of the year we have. So we'll give it a shot and see how it goes."

That quality field includes Australians Jason Day (69) and Stuart Appleby (68), both in a group tied for eighth, five behind.

First-round co-leader Steven Bowditch shot 73 and was six behind, while Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Norman, each with 69s, were another stroke back.

Player Score
Australian PGA Championship Second Round Leaderboard
Marcus Fraser -11
Bubba Watson -9
KT Kim -8
John Senden -7
Adam Scott -7
Robert Allenby -7
Aaron Townsend -6
Kurt Barnes -6
Josh Greary -6
Stuart Appelby -6


 

Australian PGA Championship first round review

South Korean Joon-Woo Choi and Australian Steven Bowditch shot impressive 6-under 66s to share the first round lead  in the Australian PGA Championship.

With most of the morning threesomes having completed play, and thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon, British Open champion Darren Clarke was three strokes back after a 69. He went very close to a 68 but narrowly missed a monster 60-foot birdie putt from off the green on the ninth hole – his last of the round.

Clarke was in the same group as Adam Scott (70) and Greg Norman (72). Scott’s 70 was hugely impressive considering it took him 40 shots to complete his first nine holes – including a triple-bogey 6 on the par-3 11th.

Player Score
Australian PGA Championship First Round Leaderboard
Joon-Woo Choi -6
Steven Bowditch -6
Aaron Townsend -5
Bubba Watson -5
Aaron Baddeley -5
Andre Stolz -5
Kang Chun Wu -4
Marcus Fraser -4
Josh Geary -4
Adam Bland -4