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Lydia Ko the ladies World Amateur Number 1, and defending Champion here at the Audi sponsored Australian Amateur Championships, shared Medalist honors with Aussie Grace Lennon. Both ladies tied on a score of -6 under par, with Aussie Minjee Lee and two Japanese players, Asuka Kashiwabara and Kotone Hori tied for third place at -4 under par.
Tatiana Wijaya finished at 3-under par to progress to the first round of knock out Match Play which will take place on Thursday at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne.
Bill Murray will defend his title at Pebble Beach Pro-Am accompanied by Darren Andrew Points, but whether he’s getting crowds to waive at a blimp flying overhead, spinning with old ladies in fairway bunkers or wearing funny hats, Bill Murray will be the heart of this event. He has been competing here since 1992 however, this year’s tournament is going to be a little different for the 61-year-old Murray because, for the first time, he’s the defending champion.
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Lat year Bill and Darren won the pro-am portion of this event by two shots over Steve Bowditch and Marc Miller. Of this years event he said;
“Everyone asks me what it’s like to be the champion. It’s not hello, how are you, are you having fun, how are the kids. It’s like, are you going to defend the championship. It’s like, a thousand times, people saying, are you going to perform in bed tonight. Are you going to step up and be a real man. Whatever it is, it’s kind of like it’s an implied failure of some kind.”
Bill, who famously played greenskeeper Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” does have an edge over his celebrity rivals, his local-like knowledge of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, and plenty of practice, saying;
“I’ve probably played these courses more than any others in the last 20 years.”
He is a serious, but humorous participant;
“Our goal is to have the most fun and win.”