Steve Allan wins Holden Australian Open
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Final Round | 24 Nov 2002
Victorian and US Tour regular, Steve Allan has won the Holden Australian Open, his first Australasian Tour victory, by one stroke over a trio of players at -11 including Aaron Baddeley, Craig Parry and 2002 US PGA champion, Rich Beem.
Allan posted a final round -2 (68) to close the tournament at -12 after leading or sharing the lead since early on Saturday. Allan’s front nine was not indicative of a winning round with a lone birdie and bogey. However, birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th allowed him to hold off Baddeley, Beem and Parry.
Dual-Open champion Aaron Baddeley fired a third and final round -5 (65) and looked dangerous coming into the back nine with birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th. He missed an eagle-putt at final hole, which would have forced a playoff with Allan.
Rich Beem carded an indifferent final round with three bogeys and four birdies leaving him at -1 and one stroke off the pace. Craig Parry also missed his chances with two bogeys and four birdies not enough to clear the deficit between him and Allan.
New South Wales’ Gavin Coles finished in alone in fifth place at -10 and showed why he recently earned full playing rights on the 2003 USPGA Tour. Robert Allenby, Queensland’s Adam Crawford and Charles Howell III were another stroke back at -9 and in equal 6th. Allenby’s score belies the fact that at one point during the round he shared the lead, however, bogeys at the 13th and 15th holes cost him the title.
Adam Scott could not capitalise on his second success, where he shot 64, and had to settle for a -1 (69) to close the tournament in outright ninth and a one stroke ahead of Victorian Geoff Ogilvy.
Queenslander Richard Moir finished as the leading amateur after a final round –4 (66) today to finish at –4 and in equal 15th alongside Peter Lonard. Click here to listen to an interview with Richard Moir