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.