Thursday, December 03, 2009

Robert Allenby leads Nedbank Challenge as

Retief Goosen wins Volvo car with eagle 2

Australian Robert Allenby, with three birdies on the front nine and a fourth at the 14th, took the first-round lead with four-under-par score of 68 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, Johannesburg in South africa.
No Australian has ever won this 29-year-old invitational tournament.
South African Retief Goosen was four under par after 11 holes but bogeyed the 14th and had a double bogey at the 15th before getting an eagle 2 at the par-4 17th to share second place with Tim Clark on 69.
Goosen won a Volvo car for his eagle at the 480yd penultimate hole.
Choosing to play in the 12-man event rather than the Australian Open in his homeland, Allenby began his bid for the $1.2 million first prize with the only bogey-free performance of the day.
Three of his birdies came on par 5s and the other was on the 493-yard fifth.
Playing partner Robert Karlsson also reached 4 under, but in stark contrast double-bogeyed the 17th and dropped back alongside fellow Swede and defending champion Henrik Stenson and American Hunter Mahan.
Rory McIlroy, with a mixed bag of six bogeys and five birdies, appeared out of sorts from the start and was reported to have been put on a drip during a two-hour thunderstorm suspension.
Northern Ireland's world No. 10 returned to birdie the final two holes, but a one-over 73 left the 20-year-old bringing up the rear with England's Ross Fisher and American Nick Watney.
Luke Donald was one better than that. A closing birdie that continued his recovery from a double-bogey 7 at the second and bogey on the next.
Even the player who finishes last walks away with $200,000, but with nobody more than five behind everything is still up for grabs.

Par 72
68 Robert Allenby (Aus)
69 Retief Goosen, Tim Clark
70 Robert Karlsson (Swe), Hunter Mahan (US), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
71 Angel Cabrera (Arg)
72 Luke Donald (Eng), Richard Sterne
73 Nick Watney (US), Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Ross Fisher (Eng)



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