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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 248
I T WILL take something extremely special to exceed the excitement Peter O’Malley’s final stretch of holes produced at the 1992 Scottish Open. The New South Welshman carded 7-under for the last five holes at Gleneagles’ King’s Course, defeating Nick Faldo and local- favourite Colin Montgomerie to claim his first European Tour title. O’Malley was well adrift of the leaders as he stood at the 14th tee and couldn’t seem to get his round going. Nobody would have predicted what was about to happen. Known for his ball-striking and accuracy, O’Malley – who entered the event as a 150-1 shot – eagled the 300-yard par-4 after draining a 20-foot putt; an area of his game that was, at times, seen as his weakness. The next three holes produced three birdies and more than 40 feet in putts holed, and he catapulted to the top of the leaderboard alongside Montgomerie. A long drive at the par-5 18th sent his ball to within 200 yards of the green before a 6-iron approach left him with a 25-footer for eagle. He duly converted the putt to complete a final- round 62 and claim a spectacular two-stroke victory. O’Malley had already arranged to check out of his hotel early in order to make Open Qualifying at North Berwick in the coming days, something he no longer needed to worry about after a career-defining stretch of holes. The current chairman of the PGA of Australia’s board of directors remains a prominent figure in Australian golf, and will long be remembered for that stunning performance 25 years ago. E it happened this week in... 1992 • Andre Agassi defeats Goran Ivanisevic in the 106th Wimbledon final (6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4). • World Golf Hall of Fame player, Patty Sheehan, wins the Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic to record her 29th career victory on the LPGA Tour. • Larry Laoretti wins the 13th US Senior Open, defeating Jim Colbert by four shots. • Australian rugby league team defeats Great Britain 16-10 to win the Ashes series, two games to one. Also making news this week in 1992 POM WINS THE SCOTTISH OPEN VIDEO: 10 QUESTIONS WITH PETER O’MALLEY WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
GA Express 247
GA Express 249