Senden sets Royal Sydney alight

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Open | Round One | 11 Dec 2008

Two years ago Queenslander John Senden won his first Australian event and his own national open when he birdied the final two holes to win the 2006 Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

Today, in his first competitive round at Royal Sydney since that momentous moment, he created another milestone when he holed in one at his 5th hole of the 2008 Australian Open and at that point had taken a three shot lead over Jamie Arnold and New Zealander Mark Brown.

In persistent drizzle and overcast conditions Senden birdied his 2nd and 4th holes before the hole in one came at the par three 14th hole of the golf course, the 5th of the round.

Rain set in around 6.00pm on Wednesday evening and continued for much of the evening but despite the damp underfoot conditions the Royal Sydney layout presented in good shape for the opening round.

Senden would bogey his 6th and 8th hole but birdied the 9th and made the turn with a one shot lead over New Zealander Mark Brown and Sydney professional Jamie Arnold.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T17 -9 Tim Clark South Africa 70 73 69 67 279
2   ↑T9 -9 Mathew Goggin Australia 65 70 75 69 279
T3   ↓1 -8 David Smail New Zealand 67 68 70 75 280
T3   ↑T5 -8 Robert Allenby Australia 71 67 71 71 280
T3 -8 Stephen Dartnall Australia 65 68 75 72 280
T6   ↓2 -7 Andre Stolz Australia 69 71 66 75 281
T6   ↓T5 -7 Chris Gaunt Australia 70 65 74 72 281
T6   ↑T24 -7 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 72 71 70 68 281
T6   ↑T13 -7 Steven Conran Australia 70 66 75 70 281
10   ↑T33 -6 Richard Green Australia 71 72 71 68 282
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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