Asians make their presence felt early
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | Round One | 13 Dec 2007
Day one of the Australian Open and as the first groups teed off at 7.30am, there was much anticipation as the likely outcome of the tournament.
Cool cloudy and at times drizzly weather greeted the early starters although there were only gentle breezes and conditions could not have been better for scoring on the great Australian Golf Club layout.
The marquee group amongst the early tee times was that of Geoff Ogilvy, Brandt Snedeker and Robert Allenby and it would be Ogilvy who would make the first move.
Ogilvy birdied his first two holes to take the lead at two under and when he added another at the par three 15th he had moved to 3 under and, at that stage, one ahead of the Korean Sung Lee. One hole later Ogilvy was back at two under and Sung had moved ahead with birdies at his 4th and 5th to move ahead of Ogilvy and Takyua Taniguchi, the latter of whom had eagled his first hole of the day and added a birdie at the third.
Sung and Taniguchi are amongst the group of players from Japan and Asia invited to the event as part of the drive by Golf Australia and the PGA Tour to form closer associations with those regions and they have made a good start to their involvement here.