Perfect conditions as Australian Open gets underway

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 Australian Open | Round One | 25 Nov 2004
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Day one of the 2004 Hillross Australian Open is underway under magnificent conditions although early scoring would suggest that the Australian Golf Club is already having its say in the outcome of this event. Fine overhead conditions, light breezes and a soft golf course sounds like the perfect recipe for scoring but the lengthened and strengthened Australian is proving quite a match at this early stage.

The 1998 Australian Open Champion, Greg Chalmers who has struggled this season in the US, has made a great start being three under through 13 holes and has the lead by one over brilliant Colombian Camilo Villegas, Nick O’Hern, Terry Price, Steven Jeffress and Nathan Kent. Villegas has only recently turned professional after a fine collegiate career and a lot is expected from him.

O’Hern has just returned from his most successful season in professional golf producing many top tens on the European Tour but he is no doubt keen to eliminate the constant questions about his inability to get ’across the line.’ Nice problem to have I guess making more than $2 million in 2004 even if you have not won. He is just the type of player to do well around here grinding it out on a golf course where par has some value.

Amongst those at one under are Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Scott Hend and Craig Parry.

Defending champion Peter Lonard is not due to tee off until 12:02 today.

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