Things are hotting up at the Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 Australian Open | Final Round | 28 Nov 2004
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With the last players to tee off in the 2004 Centenary Open just two hours away the temperatures at the Australian Golf Club have soared to the early thirties and with the breezes expected to strengthen in the early afternoon, the last round is shaping as a real battle of attrition.

Rod Pampling and Richard Green take to the fairways of the Australian Golf Club’s layout at 1:00 EDST and it may be that by the time they leave the first tee, there will be others who will be staking their own claim for the title. Eleven players are within five shots of Pampling’s lead and realistically any one of them still has an opportunity to become the champion later today.

The strength of the players lined up to take advantage of any mistake by the top few players will ensure an enthralling contest this afternoon. Paul Gow and Stuart Appleby at 2 under and Robert Allenby, Peter Lonard and Stephen Leaney at even Par, all have the credentials to make the necessary move to catch those ahead, but as much interest will be to see how the talented but inexperienced Kurt Barnes and Camilo Villegas handle this great opportunity.

Villegas showed earlier this year when finishing 7th in a USPGA Tour event that he has a great game and Barnes won two weeks ago on the Gold Coast, albeit against a much weaker field.

Bring it on.

Photo – Anthony Powter/Snapeture Sports

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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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