What a difference a day makes at the Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Round One | 22 Nov 2002
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Under almost identical conditions as the cancelled round one, the Australian Open restarted this morning in calm perfect conditions on a golf course that has been clearly readjusted to reveal conditions more in keeping with the requirements of a major golf tournament.

Already the scoring difficulty that appeared evident so early in the aborted first round is not, at least at this early stage, the factor it was yesterday. Chris Downes, the young Queenslander, has made a most impressive start with birdies on holes one, three and four to be in the tournament lead through eight holes. Downes, who just six weeks ago had missed out on getting through stage one at the USPGA Tour school, had a round of three over yesterday and although that was a very good round under the conditions, his start today promises much better.

New South Wales amateur and a youngster who figured in last year’s Australian open at the Grand (he was the leading amateur), James Nitties, is also off to a good start birdies at the first two holes and is at two under through five. West Australian Wayne Smith is also at two under with birdies at the first and second to be at two under with Adam Crawford and the New Zealander Steve Alker at one under.

Clearly the underfoot conditions are much more conducive to scoring than at this time yesterday the question is whether that remain that way. I am sure the AGU have been bitten, it is now a case of whether they can be twice shy.

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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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