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

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  • 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 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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  • 12/6/2012 3:04:09 AM | PGA Media
    Tom Watson came away from the 6th with a bogey. Not a bad result considering where he was after his approach.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:14:01 AM | PGA Media
    Scoring is slow out there for the afternoon groups, the wind playing its part. The best out on course are Won Joon Lee -2, Josh Geary -2, Daniel Fox -2. Its going to take a great round for anybody to match Senden from this morning.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:17:18 AM | Scottyham
    Bowditch had the flu on final round of US Q school and still top 10 then flew all day to play in open watch out for him on weekend as he gets rested
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  • 12/6/2012 4:41:44 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Great to have the Minister of Sport Kate Lundy here at the Tournament this week. Thanks for your support

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  • 12/6/2012 4:48:28 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Moving on from chipping to putting. Great to have Kate Lundy with us today

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  • Tom Watson pulls back two after turning in an ugly 41. #ausopengolf
  • 12/6/2012 5:04:09 AM | PGA Media
    Just on the 11th where Bowditch has walked to the green to inspect before he took his approach shot. It proved a good choice as he hits it close with a great chance for birdie.
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  • 12/6/2012 5:16:47 AM | Shaun via mobile
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  • 12/6/2012 5:18:34 AM | PGA Media

    Ricky Ponting out enjoying the golf, stopped for a photo with a couple of happy fans.

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  • 12/6/2012 5:23:35 AM | PGA Media
    Allenby hits his tee shot on 16 into the trees on the left.
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  • 12/6/2012 5:28:21 AM | PGA Media
    Higginbottom plays a nice shot from the greenside bunker on 15. The ball just caught to much of the rough and didn't roll down to the hole as close as he would have liked.
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  • 12/6/2012 5:31:13 AM | PGA Media
    Higginbottom, Chalmers both come away with par whilst Watson bogeys the 15th.
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  • 12/6/2012 5:43:38 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    Our only winner on the US PGA Tour this year, Marc Leishman, has had a solid day. He's 2-under with two to play. Still a chance for another birdie.
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  • Anyone out around the course at the #AusOpenGolf this afternoon? If so, send us your pics so we can RT #please
  • 12/6/2012 5:49:26 AM | PGA Media
    Nice chip in on the 18th for T.Wood and nearly another for B.Smith.
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  • 12/6/2012 5:54:13 AM | PGA Media
    Marcus Fraser just aced the par 3 184 metre 15th. Nice work!
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  • 12/6/2012 6:10:00 AM | PGA Media
    That ace from Fraser takes him to -3 for the round. He is on fire at the moment with four birdies and and eagle in his last five holes. Could he equal Senden with three holes to go?
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