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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 220
13. IT WAS not so much a duel to the death as a deathly duel between Robert Allenby and Brett Ogle for the right to be crowned the 1994 Australian Open champion at Royal Sydney. Allenby fired on the front nine on Sunday, holing a freakish pitch shot for eagle at the par-4 8th hole, before he and Ogle endured meltdowns in one of the stranger finishes to an Open. With bogeys and double- bogeys littering both their scorecards, Allenby’s final-hole par to Ogle’s lip-out bogey sealed the Victorian his first Australian Open title. Ogle never won one, while Allenby clinched another 11 years later. 10. HORACE Henry Alfred Pickworth, known to all as “Ossie”, captured four Australian Opens including three in a row from 1946. The former army cook began his run at Royal Sydney in the first post-World War II Open, winning by two strokes despite shooting 75 and 76 to bookend the championship. A chain-smoking golfer who was a master with a fairway wood in hand, Pickworth played like he had to be home before the street lights beamed on. He looked nonchalant but displayed a supreme level of concentration when it was called upon. In his later years, Pickworth won £10,000 in a lottery and bought a hotel. 15. SEVEN times Gary Player left Australia cradling the Stonehaven Cup for winning our national Open, but none was more dramatic than his fifth victory on a wild, tempestuous final day at Royal Sydney in 1969. The South African great pipped Englishman Guy Wolstenholme by a shot even with a closing 77 that was compiled amid an electrical storm hurling winds so strong that one of the giant scoreboards blew over. The Hall of Fame golfer’s legacy is strong in Australian Open lore. Player not only has the most victories of any golfer, he owns the scoring record of 28-under set in 1965 at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide where he shot 62 twice in three days. 12. AMID the nation’s Bicentennial celebrations of 1988, a brash young American stamped his mark in world golf with a six-shot victory at Royal Sydney. Mark Calcavecchia broke 70 every day in reaching 19-under to defeat countryman Mark McCumber, who paired with Ben Crenshaw to claim the World Cup at Royal Melbourne that summer. Any sense that Calcavecchia was a flash in the pan was silenced the next July when he hoisted the Claret Jug, winning the Open Championship at Royal Troon in a three-man playoff against two Queenslanders, Greg Norman and Wayne Grady. Calcavecchia, whose surname is Sicilian for ‘old shoe’, certainly knew how to sink the boot into Australian golfers. 14. The 2006 Australian Open appeared to be Geoff Ogilvy’s just months after he became only the second Australian to win the US Open. That was until John Senden stepped to the 17th tee at Royal Sydney and authored two perfect, pinpoint mid-iron shots to the final two greens to finish birdie-birdie and beat Ogilvy by a shot. Senden was 11 strokes off the lead after the first round but carded weekend scores of 67-65 to catapult to the top of the leaderboard. The phlegmatic Queenslander then endeared himself to Australian golf crowds with a heartfelt acceptance speech that touched upon the plight of drought- stricken farmers in parts of southern Queensland, where his family lives. 11. CARNEGIE Clark came from Carnoustie in Scotland to a multi-faceted role in Australian golf. Aside from manufacturing his own brand of golf clubs and designing courses – including the original Royal Sydney layout – he was a three-time victor in our Open, including the first two held at Royal Sydney, in 1906, and 1911. Clark gave Australian golfers their first look at wound rubber golf balls as well as the Vardon or overlapping grip, made famous by six-time Open champion Harry Vardon. He was also instrumental in the formation of the PGA of Australia.
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