Historic day for NZ golf at Open?

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Open | Round Four | 14 Dec 2008

The final round of the 2008 Australian Open will be played in blustery warm conditions at the Royal Sydney Golf Club with the possibility of a significant day for New Zealand golf.

Not only is their leading world ranked golfer, David Smail, one shot ahead in the tournament itself but their number two world ranked player, Mark Brown, has a significant lead on the Australasian Tour Order of Merit.

Smail tees off at 1.10pm with New South Wales golfer Andre Stolz while Ewan Porter and second round leader, Stephen Dartnall, are in the penultimate group at 1.01pm.

Brown is well placed to claim the top position on the Australasian Tour Order of Merit which is finalised at the completion of this event. Brown has a lead of $77,000 over the second placed Rod Pampling and A$154,000 over Geoff Ogilvy.

Pampling could still win the money list title as could Ogilvy but Pampling would need to finish inside the top three today and hope for a poor day from Brown while Ogilvy would need to win the event.

Brown starts the day six shots behind the lead while Pampling is one shot further back and Ogilvy one shot further back again.


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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