EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Live Coverage of the 2012 Emirates Australian Open from The Lakes Golf Course in Sydney Australia

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Our LIVE blogging team:
  • Nicole - PGA Media
  • Olivia - PGA Media
  • Brenton - PGA Tour Insider
  • Matt - PGA Tour Insider
  • Emma - PGA Tour Insider
  • Shaun - PGA Tour Insider

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  • 12/5/2012 9:43:35 PM | PGA Media
    Hi Everyone, welcome to the PGA Tour of Australasia Live Blog of the Emirates Australian Open. It is a beautiful day here at The Lakes GC in Sydney and there are already plenty of players and spectators out on course. Currently John Senden is leading at -4 one ahead of Justin Rose at -3. We will provide a couple more updates over the next couple of hours prior to the Live Blog commencing at 10.30am. Please feel free to comment via the comments button above the live feed or on the individual posts. Numerous polls will also be run throughout the tournament and we encourage everyone to participate in these. The tournament is shaping up to be a great one and we hope you all enjoy.
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  • 12/5/2012 10:53:42 PM | PGA Media
    Score & Weather Update: Senden -6, Rose -5, Goggin -3, N.Green -3, Scrivener -3, Felton -2, O'Malley -2, R.Green -2. Players are scoring well this morning, there is a gentle SW wind of about 15km/h and most seem to be making the most of it. The wind is set to move to a SE later today and increase to 28km/h with a top temperature of 22 degrees expected.
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  • 5 #AusOpenGolf players flying from JpnQSchool were delayed & will struggle to make tee times. Hendry, Townsend, Spargo, Bland & Haller
  • Just been told that Paul Sheehan is also on the delayed flight from #Japan. Will struggle to make 1.15 tee time #AusOpenGolf #raceison
  • 12/5/2012 11:35:32 PM | Nicole O'Farrell
    We've just heard that Michael Hendry's wife has arranged a private plane to get the Japan Q School boys from the Gold Coast to Sydney. Shows just how important the Emirates Australian Open is to our players. Travel safe boys... but hurry!
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  • 12/5/2012 11:36:55 PM | PGA Media
    Back 9 playing far easier for round 1 than the front 9 with 85 birdies already today compared with the 36 on the front. If you are at The Lakes GC a hole worth visiting is the par 4 13th. It has been set up with the tees forward and is only 285mtrs long making it drivable and is currently the easiest hole on the course.
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  • 12/5/2012 11:37:52 PM | Shaun
    Good to see Channel Seven showing all 4 days on free to air. Looking at the scores the back nine appears easier than the front at this stage
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  • 12/5/2012 11:53:11 PM | PGA Media
    Leaderboard update: -4 Justin Rose, John Senden & Gareth Paddison. -3 Kim Felton, Mat Goggin, Matt Jager, Richard Green & Cameron Percy. -2 Stephen Allan, Peter O'Malley, Stuart Appleby, Clint Rice, Jason Scrivener & Matt Ballard.
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  • 12/6/2012 12:01:18 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile
    I just ran into Paul Sheehan in the car park. He found his way onto an earlier flight from Japan and is good to go at 1.15. Good news!
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  • @dpcastro73 @pgaofaustralia running to our chartered plane now #AusOpenGolf #cmon
  • 12/6/2012 12:14:44 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    Our defending champion Greg Chalmers is out on the practice green. Robert Allenby is also warming up.

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  • 12/6/2012 12:27:06 AM | PGA Media
    Senden birdies the par 3 7th to move back into the outright lead at 5-under. He has two holes to play
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  • RT @shallowhal74: @shallowhal74 @dpcastro73 @pgaofaustralia #herewecome pbs.twimg.com/media/A9ZA3WTCUAAxb2Z.jpg

  • 12/6/2012 12:32:47 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    Peter Senior will have his son Mitch on the bag this week. According to Pete "he keeps me in line."

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  • 12/6/2012 12:36:04 AM | Shaun via mobile

    A legend of the game getting ready to head out on course. Good luck Tom

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  • 12/6/2012 12:39:26 AM | PGA Media

    Senden, Ogilvy and Goggin on their final hole the 9th. wind plays a big factor here on how close u can get to the pin on this par 3.

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  • 12/6/2012 12:41:18 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    Victorian Professional Aaron Cox standing out from the crowd. Vote him best or worst dressed in our poll...

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  • 12/6/2012 12:52:29 AM | PGA Media
    Former champ @JohnSendenGolf finishes his first day at the #AusOpenGolf with a 6-under 66
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  • 12/6/2012 12:52:45 AM | Shaun via mobile

    In the first group of the morning, Kim Felton gets up and down on the last to record a 4 under par 68

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  • 12/6/2012 1:06:42 AM | PGA Media
    Quick Summary: top of the leaderboard - J Senden -6, K Felton -4, J Rose -4, S Allan -3
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  • 12/6/2012 1:10:20 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    On his way to the Media Centre Justin Rose stopped for a photo with fans Hugh and Patrick. Now that's a keeper!

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  • 12/6/2012 1:11:28 AM | PGA Media
    Just hoped in the cart with Langers, Tournament Director for the PGA Tour of Australasia. He says that with today's set up and conditions the par 5's at 11, 14 & 17 are all reachable in two. This may explain why the scoring is better coming in.
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  • 12/6/2012 1:11:36 AM | PGA Media
    Some players who might be of interests and have finished their round A Scott Ev, G Ogilvy +2, Appelby -2, M Goggin -1 #AusOpenGolf
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  • 12/6/2012 1:16:10 AM | PGA Media
    Good crowd following the group of Watson, Higginbottom and Chambers
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  • 12/6/2012 1:17:26 AM | PGA Media

    Good crowd following the group of Tom Watson, Greg Chalmers and Jake Higginbottom.

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  • 12/6/2012 1:22:31 AM | Ranger.
    I'm watching u.
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  • 12/6/2012 1:23:00 AM | PGA Media
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  • 12/6/2012 1:33:17 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    Gareth Paddison has been in great form lately. After winning the Victorian PGA Championshp in February he's gone on to finish third at the Talisker Masters and T16 at the BMW New Zealand Open. Lets hope he can keep it going this week.
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  • 12/6/2012 1:51:55 AM | PGA Media

    Many contenders are gathering behind Senden, will the leaderboard stay this way today?

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  • 12/6/2012 1:55:30 AM | Bones
    What is the wind like out at the Lakes right now?
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  • 12/6/2012 1:57:21 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Great to have the Monsterball guys here at the Lakes. Come test out how far you can smash it!!!

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  • 12/6/2012 2:00:39 AM | Shaun via mobile

    The plane has landed, private jet and all with 25min to spare. Ryan Haller warming up

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  • 12/6/2012 2:04:40 AM | Worried
    Have the boys made it in time from the Gold Caost ?
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  • 12/6/2012 2:04:53 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Lunch on the run for Adam Bland who arrived at the course from Japan 20min before his tee time

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  • 12/6/2012 2:05:58 AM | PGA Media via mobile
    Great news Shaun and what a relief for them all! Would love to see them go low this afternoon.
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  • 12/6/2012 2:12:25 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    Loving the Emirates tee markers this week

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  • 12/6/2012 2:16:50 AM | PGA Media
    Matthew Guyatt who led the Talisker Masters for two rounds in November has had an awful start with a triple bogey then double bogey to be +5 after two holes. Lets hope he can pull out a few good shots and get back in the mix by the end of the day.
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  • 12/6/2012 2:31:16 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Apples in the Stonehaven Club with the voice Craig Willis. Off to the Fujitsu marquee next...

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  • 12/6/2012 2:31:26 AM | Jamie van Beek
    Hope the kiwi boys make a run this year
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  • 12/6/2012 2:41:43 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    Proof they made it to the 1st tee- Aaron Townsend tees off while Michael Hendry and Adam Bland watch on.

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  • 12/6/2012 2:44:58 AM | Kelli
    watching Danile Nisbet
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  • 12/6/2012 2:51:48 AM | Shaun via mobile

    View of the 18th green from the Emirates Marquee

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  • 12/6/2012 2:57:21 AM | PGA Media
    Looks like Tom Watson is in a bit of trouble on hole 6. He has hit it over the back of the green om his approach and has to chip it over a fence to get back to the green.
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  • 12/6/2012 2:59:20 AM | PGA Media via mobile

    Unlucky for Max McCardle he broke his 9iron on his first hole. But because it happened during the normal course of play he is allowed to have it repaired or replaced.

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  • 12/6/2012 3:02:38 AM | Shaun via mobile

    "Hello Tomorrow" thank you to our great friends at Emirates for their continued support

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