Day of confusion at Australian PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2005 Australian PGA Championship | Round Two | 02 Dec 2005
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The weather delayed first round of the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship was finally restarted at 7:00 am this morning and although rain fell throughout much of the morning, the outstanding drainage system did its work, allowing play to continue.

Richard Swift, who started at the 12th hole, missed a good opportunity there but then made birdie at the 14th after he all but holed his five iron at the par three. He completed his round in 67 and at five under was the first round leader in what was a very confusing leaderboard. I say confusing as many of those who finished their round this morning would not tee off until tomorrow morning.

Brad Lamb was the 2000 Australian Amateur Champion and won the Victorian Open in early 2001, however, his progress in the professional ranks has been patchy at best. He completed his round at four under despite a bogey at the last. He has played Von Nida Tour events this year but this is his best effort, albeit early, in an event of this status.

US Open Champion Michael Campbell double bogeyed the 16th after finding trouble from the tee and was back at one under after challenging for the lead at one stage but such was his draw that he was back out on the course within thirty minutes and when he eagled his third hole the par five 12th he was within two.

Craig Parry hit the lead through twelve holes of his first round but he would drop shots at the 13th and 14th holes and save par at the last to finish at four under along with Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin and Robert Allenby.

Allenby birdied the last two holes to get within one and the chances of recording a back to back Australian PGA and Australian Open double were increasing. Allenby will have to wait until tomorrow (Saturday) morning to get his second round underway however. He completed six holes this morning and although his second round tee time is scheduled for 6:40pm that is simply not going to happen.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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