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Golf Australia Express : Issue 12
SPAIN’S JOSÉ Manuel Lara broke a four-year winning drought by beating England’s David Lynn in a playoff. On an enthralling final day that produced loads of birdies, both players finished three shots clear at 17-under. Lynn struggled at the first playoff hole and his bogey allowed Lara to take the title with a regulation par. The win completed a dramatic turnaround in the 33-year- old’s form. Two weeks earlier the Spaniard risked losing his European Tour card after nine straight missed cuts. With a fourth at the KLM under his belt leading into the Austrian Open, a closing round of 64—which included 10 birdies—helped him to find the lead and eventual win. THREE-TIME major winner Padraig Harrington has added this week’s Austrian Open to his schedule to boost his Race to Dubai ranking. The Irishman sits 87th and needs a big finish to jump into the Top 60 and guarantee him a place at the season-ending Dubai World Championship. A 13th at the PGA Tour’s Barclays a few weeks ago was an encouraging sign, but his form in 2011 has been shaky at best. Look for him to dig deep here. John Daly, 45, believes he still has a winning game. The American journeyman received a sponsor’s invite to play in Austria and will attempt to win a European Tour event for the first time since taking out the 2001 BMW International Open. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez is the highest 2011 European Tour money earner in the field. The 47-year-old is in 12th on that list, but it’s been a winless season to date. He’ll bring form into the event having come off a top 10 finish at the European Masters a fortnight ago. OTG PEEK THE September 22-25 2011 Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, AUSTRIA Purse: €1,000,000 Defending Champ: José Manuel Lara (ESP) AUSTRIAN OPEN What’s happening on the European Tour this week LAST TIME WHO TO WATCH “It’s quite surprising that I have never played a tour event in Austria, but it’s always interesting to visit a new country, a new golf course and to see another culture.” —Padraig Harrington German amateur Max Kramer made European Tour history in the 2006 Austrian Golf Open becoming the first amateur to record an albatross. He achieved the feat at Fontana Golf Club’s ninth hole during the first round using a 6-iron from 180 yards. FUN FACT