Party hole surprise winner for Allenby

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | Round Three | 15 Dec 2007

Even the man who was arguably its biggest detractor, Robert Allenby, could not now argue the merits of the introduction of a party hole to Australian Open golf.

Allenby’s birdie from 20 feet in today’s third round took him into the outright lead in the event and he responded by throwing his ball to the crowd. So pumped was he by what was a fantastic reaction from the more than 1,500 spectators surrounding the green that he threw the ball well over the bar area behind the green when attempting to give the ball to the crowd.

Allenby’s gesture yesterday to wear ear muffs in a gesture of jest and perhaps self-mocking diffused what might otherwise have been an ugly situation over the weekend. There is little doubt that Paul McNamee’s decision to proceed with his idea of spreading the destination points in a golf tournament with the introduction of the party hole concept has worked well.

In the group following, James Nitties also holed a similar length putt and received a crowd response the likes of which he has never heard before let alone experienced for himself.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T4 -11 Craig Parry Australia 74 64 70 69 277
T2   ↑6 -10 Brandt Snedeker United States 69 70 70 69 278
T2   ↑T4 -10 Nick O'hern Australia 70 66 72 70 278
T2   ↑T16 -10 Won Joon Lee Australia 70 70 72 66 278
T5   ↓T1 -9 James Nitties Australia 71 66 69 73 279
T5   ↓3 -9 Stuart Appleby Australia 71 68 68 72 279
T7 -8 Aaron Baddeley Australia 70 71 69 70 280
T7   ↑T8 -8 Ewan Porter Australia 70 71 70 69 280
T7   ↑T23 -8 Greg Chalmers Australia 69 72 72 67 280
T7   ↑T16 -8 Rod Pampling Australia 73 70 69 68 280
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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    About the Author: Bruce Young

    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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