Greg Chalmers Wins Australian Open
By mustang6560 on 11/14/11
Greg Chalmers outlasted a struggling John Senden, the third round leader, to win the Australian Open for the second time in his career.
"I am extremely excited and extremely pleased to have won this tournament twice," Chalmers enthused.

"To win it once, you can stumble into it ... but to win it twice, with this field, you can talk about Tiger and it being the strongest field we've had for a long time."

"To go out there and get it done over the last two days and shoot eight under for the weekend, that does something for me."
Man oh man, I really thought Tiger Woods was going to get it done on the weekend and win for the first time in two years. The former world number one looked solid in his first two rounds at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney and held the lead heading into Saturday's round. But Tiger opened with three bogeys on Saturday and finished with a three-over par 75. He rebounded with a five-under 67 in the final round but his over-par third round proved to be too much to overcome so he finished in solo third (not bad if you ask me).

Tiger wasn't the only one who couldn't hold onto a lead at the Australian Open, case in point, John Senden. The Australian native lead heading into Sunday's round but he bogeyed four of his first seven holes to allow Chalmers enough breathing room to sneak by for the win. Senden tried to rally late on the back nine with birdies at 11, 13, 14 and 17, but his final round even-par 72 was not good enough to get the job done so he had to settle for second place.

All in all, the Australian Open reinforced one thing - golf is much more exciting with Tiger in the field. And that's exactly why U.S. Team captain Fred Couples picked Tiger with one of his two captain's picks for the Presidents Cup this week - that and the fact he can still play. U-S-A!

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