Senden fires 65 to claim Australian Open title

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | Wrap | 19 Nov 2006
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To all intents and purposes that would be the golf tournament. Ogilvy still had a chance if he could birdie the last but was unable to do so and Appleby, who was long with his second, needed to pitch in to tie. He was unable to do so however so and in fact bogeyed and slipped back to finish in a share of third.

Gavin Coles bogey from the back bunker at the 17th cost him any last chance of forcing a playoff with a birdie at the last but in finishing third he has continued a remarkable season after being handed his USPGA Tour card last week.

John Senden however was the champion, his first win in Australia and his own National title at that. He and his coach Ian Triggs have earned this title and with the quality of swing they have built together if is unlikely to be the last.

Queenslander Andrew Dodt was the leading amateur at 1 under after a round of 70 today.

The Australasian PGA Tour now joins forces with the European Tour and heads to Huntingdale in Melbourne for the MasterCard Masters.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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