Cold and bleak start at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | Round One | 16 Nov 2006

Cool temperatures, blustery winds and the occasional shower welcomed the early starters at the MFS Australian Open but before too long the tall Victorian Richard Green was staking a claim for the title.

Green, who has had yet another solid year in Europe, picked up consecutive birdies on his opening two holes and by the time he had reached the 15th tee he was at 4 under and three ahead of a group at 1 under. The par three 17th which was Green’s 8th hole of the day will prove a thorn in many player’s side all week and today Green bogeyed the 202 metre hole and then bogeyed the 18th to turn at one under.

Green was then at two under and behind him and playing the group, which included Greg Norman, was Nathan Green who moved to join his namesake at two under before he dropped a shot at the 18th (his 9th hole).

The showers turned to solid rain by 10.30 and before long Green was on his own at 2 under ahead of a group of six at 1 under who included the new USPGA Tour recruit, Jarrod Lyle, Brett Rumford, who had started the day by holing his second at his first hole, US Open Champion, Geoff Ogilvy, and Victorian Pat Giles who plays the Asian Tour and was probably wishing he was back in Asia given how cold it was.

Greg Norman picked up an early birdie but by the turn he had given that back and then some. He was at 2 over as he reached the 10th tee and it is hard to imagine he was enjoying the experience as he huddled under the umbrella on a most un-November like day.

This was the start to the event that Golf Australia did not want. As I arrived at the course just before 8 the car parks were already beginning to fill and the day promised much but by 11 o’clock things has certainly turned pear shaped for the new look event.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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