EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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

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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 3:05:39 AM | PGA Media
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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 3:36:17 AM | PGA Media
    James Nitties making a comeback after a double bogey on the 11th (his 2nd) he has eagled the 13th and then birdied 14 & 15 to be at -2 tied 9th overall.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:42:16 AM | Terry
    Following the Emirates via the Live Blog on the treadmill at the gym. How cool is this. Thx PGA.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:48:12 AM | BD
    Yes watching same in Vanuatu and following with interest the guys that frequent our open like Andre Stolz,Jason Norris, Steve Bowditch, Peter Nolan, Mathew Millar and more. Congrats to Steve for securing his PGA Tour card
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  • 12/6/2012 3:49:19 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    In the afternoon field Kieran Pratt is making the most ground on the leaders. He's three under through 8 holes (he started on the back nine) and is tied for ninth.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:51:53 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    Oh, and if you think you've heard the name 'Kieran Pratt' before, you probably have. He grabbed headlines in 2010 when he played in the same group as, (and outplayed,) Tiger Woods at the Australian Masters. He's one of many in this field with a big future.
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  • 12/6/2012 3:59:20 AM | Chris
    Hi just saw the Australian Order of Merit on the TV coverage and they showed Mark Brown who is lying 3rd on the order as an Australian I believe you will find he is a New Zealander, thanks.
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  • 12/6/2012 4:00:58 AM | H2H
    Update please, what's happening to Mark Brown? 6+ is this some kind of post N.Z. open melt down?
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  • 12/6/2012 4:04:20 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Champions Tour Pete Senior makes the turn at -1, great scoring in tough afternoon conditions

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  • 12/6/2012 4:10:37 AM | Shaun via mobile

    James Nitties -1 and Steve Jones -2 make the turn. If they can get in the shed a few under par watch out tomorrow morning

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  • 12/6/2012 4:10:56 AM | Shaun via mobile
    The curse has struck, James Nitties just hit it in the water off the tee at 1
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  • 12/6/2012 4:15:19 AM | Nicole O'Farrell via mobile

    All is quiet in the media centre this afternoon - we need some birdies out on course.

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  • 12/6/2012 4:15:21 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Brenton, this may be the best performing group of the afternoon, great golfing in difficult conditions

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  • 12/6/2012 4:18:34 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    Hey Shaun, how are the crowds out there this afternoon? There seems to be a fair few people out for a Thursday.
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  • 12/6/2012 4:20:31 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Great to have TaylorMade giving spectators a try of their Ghost putter range

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  • 12/6/2012 4:22:44 AM | PGA Media
    Watson just sinks a putt on 11 for birdie. Hopefully it will start a run and he can make up a few shots.
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  • @ausopengolf @PGAofAustralia telecast break on 7 with @humpybong57 & Sandy pbs.twimg.com/media/A9Z5gkdCIAAU16Q.jpg

  • 12/6/2012 4:29:38 AM | Shaun via mobile
    Apples is still out here working hard on the game hours after finishing for the day. Massive year ahead for him in 2013, all or nothing as he said earlier today
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  • 12/6/2012 4:33:40 AM | Shaun via mobile
    Great crowds out here Nicole, awesome to see so early in the week
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  • 12/6/2012 4:33:47 AM | Nicole O'Farrell
    After taking so many positives out of his top 20 finish at the Talisker Masters, Paul Gow has had a day he'd rather forget. Three birdies, six bogeys & two doubles makes for a very colourful scorecard. He finished at 8-over and at the wrong end of the leaderboard.
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  • 12/6/2012 4:33:52 AM | Ju
    what is happening with Guan Tianlang? His score was 6holes in but is now 1 hole in
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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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  • 12/6/2012 6:22:26 AM | PGA Media
    Brendan Jones birdies 14 and 15 to move up to -4 for the round and in tie for 2nd.
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  • 12/6/2012 6:26:58 AM | PGA Media
    Hard to beat Senden's start but, there is still some great golf being played this afternoon. Look out for B Jones -4 (T2) M Fraser -3 (T7), J Geary -2 (T10) and J Arnold -2 (T10)
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  • 12/6/2012 6:43:27 AM | Shaun via mobile

    Terry Pilkadaris working hard on the range after shooting even par in the morning conditions. He said he needs to hit his short irons better tomorrow

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  • 12/6/2012 6:48:13 AM | PGA Media

    Fraser with a nice shot on 18. Landed below the pin on the fringe. Playing into the wind at 191mtrs today a lot of players are coming up short.

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  • 12/6/2012 7:01:40 AM | PGA Media

    Defending champ Greg Chalmers on the putting green after his round. He wasn't alone with Parry, Allenby and Stolz all out refining their techniques.

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  • 12/6/2012 7:04:59 AM | PGA Media

    As you can see work has already started in preparation for round 2. This photo is looking down the first hole, the course us looking really good.

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  • 12/6/2012 7:06:52 AM | Shaun via mobile

    US PGA Tour winner Kyle Stanley back on the range after putting the feet up this afternoon. Great to have him in Oz

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