Aussie Golfer and The Year in Golf websites bring you our final installment on how the Australians fared on the world tours this year. Overall, 2008 will be looked back on as a very disappointing year for Australian golfers on the Euro Tour. The Euro tour stretches far and wide these days and if it wasn’t for some wins outside of the European continent itself, the trophy cabinet would be looking very bare indeed.
The biggest story is one that will forever remain etched in the history of the British Open for Australians. The weekend Greg Norman was a chance to capture his 3rd Open at the age of 53. Eventually tying for 3rd, his name seemed to be on the claret jug for most of the tournament and brought much needed hype to the first major tournament without Tiger Woods.
Aaron Baddeley won the Australian Masters, Geoff Ogilvy won the WGC CA Championship and Adam Scott won the Qatar Masters with a final round 61. All of these are part of the Euro Tour but if you want to be a purist the best Aussie who was truly part of the tour was Richard Green. He finished the season with 4 Top-10 finishes and 23rd on the order of merit.
The other highlight was the form of Perth born Scott Strange who won the Wales Open back in June and finished 32nd on the tour. Strange is starting to come of age as a professional golfer and if there’s one real bright spark from the year it was his form.
Position and earnings on the Euro Tour, 2008
32 Scott STRANGE €739,368
43 Adam SCOTT €671,437
86 Greg NORMAN €363,976
87 Robert ALLENBY €359,992
102 Marcus FRASER €282,452
115 Peter O’MALLEY €239,024
128 Peter FOWLER €165,178
133 Scott BARR €158,474
135 Matthew MILLAR €151,176