Thrilling finale in store at PGA

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian PGA Championship | Round Four | 07 Dec 2008

Perfect early morning scoring conditions have given way to a gentle breeze on day four of the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship at the Hyatt Regency Coolum and those out in the last few groups of the final round will find the conditions just a little more testing today.

There were some good moves from the early starters. Richard Green and Craig Spence completed their rounds of 67 before the final groups had moved to the first tee. Green was a slow starter this week after a demanding week in China last weekend where he and Brendan Jones finished third behind Sweden at the World Cup.

Spence is on the comeback trail after a tough time of late and he will be encouraged by what was perhaps his best round in recent years.

Martin Doyle and Ashley Hall were also making good moves from well back in the field both players four under for their rounds through 16 holes and four under for the tournament.

Amongst those closer to contention and out in the final few groups of the day, 2003 winner, Peter Senior, birdied his 4th and 5th holes to move to 10 under and within two. The 49-year-old has played well in recent months in the lesser events around Australia as he prepares his game for the senior ranks but it might be that success at this level is not over yet.

New Zealander Tim Wilkinson, fresh from his outstanding rookie year on the USPGA Tour was also moving forward when he birdied the par five 4th hole and was within two of Goggin’s lead.

This is a day that promises so much. Goggin, looking for his first win in ten years on the Australasian Tour, Ogilvy looking for his first Australian win full stop, Rod Pampling aiming to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive and Jarrod Lyle chasing a breakthrough win in Australia after such a brilliant season on the Nationwide Tour.

Others could also play their part but those at the top of the leaderboard are accomplished players who will be hard to catch.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -14 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 67 71 67 69 274
2 -12 Mathew Goggin Australia 67 68 69 72 276
T3 -11 Peter Senior Australia 70 67 71 69 277
T3 -11 Rodney Pampling Australia 70 67 68 72 277
T3 -11 Scott Strange Australia 70 69 69 69 277
T6 -10 Brett Rumford Australia 69 72 69 68 278
T6 -10 Chris Gaunt Australia 71 68 68 71 278
T6 -10 John Senden Australia 69 70 71 68 278
T6 -10 Wade Ormsby Australia 70 70 69 69 278
T6 -10 Wayne Perske Australia 71 66 73 68 278
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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