TOUR NEWS

A spot at 2015 Masters up for grabs at Royal Melbourne this week

A spot at 2015 Masters up for grabs at Royal Melbourne this week

World class golf is at Royal Melbourne this week with the staging of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Entry is free to watch some of the world’s best up and coming golfers are on show at Royal Melbourne’s composite course this week.

Players from 38 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation nations will contest for this year’s title and the chance to win a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

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Scott Hend wins dramatic Hong Kong Open

Scott Hend wins dramatic Hong Kong Open

Scott Hend survives a playoff to win a dramatic Hong Kong Open.

Big hitting Australian Scott Hend has won the Hong Kong Open after beating Angelo Que in a playoff.

Hend begun the final round one shot behind fellow Australian Marcus Fraser and struggled early in his round with two bogeys in his opening five holes. The 41-year-old Queenslander steadied though and with Que already in the ckubhouse at 13-under par, Hend required a stnning up-and-down at the 18th hole to force a playoff.

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David Graham to be finally inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

David Graham to be finally inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

David Graham will become the fifth Australian to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.

David Graham’s name has been put up as a potential inductee for the World Golf Hall of Fame (WGHF) for many years but his nomination has always been rejected in favour of other less credential nominees.

In 2015 the wrong will be righted. It was confirmed yesterday that the two-time major champion was elected to enter the WHGF along with Professionals Mark O’Meara, Laura Davies and former American golf course architect A.W.

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GOLF TIPS

Adam Scott’s golf swing: slow motion video

Adam Scott’s golf swing: slow motion video

I’ve seen this before and I’ll see it again. It’s a thing of beauty.

In the middle of a golf lesson yesterday I was shown a video of Adam Scott’s golf swing in ultra slow motion. It was a little depressing as it’s as close to the perfect golf swing is you’ll ever see – and mine is far from it.

However, it was shown to highlight the Scott’s shoulder turn on his backswing – check out where the logo on the back of his shirt gets to without his swing ever getting past horizontal.

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Adam Scott and that strange way he reads the break

Adam Scott and that strange way he reads the break

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak has a great piece on Adam Scott’s curious new putting routine.

You may have noticed Scott straddling the line of the putt then holding out a couple of fingers. He looks to be determining the break or picking the line putt somehow. It turns out the latter is true and it’s based on a putting technique he was taught to Scott earlier this year.

From Schupak’s column:

Brad Malone, Scott’s coach and brother-in-law, is the one who persuaded Scott to experiment with a long putter in 2011.

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Golf Tip: Aim at something

Golf Tip: Aim at something

Occasionally Aussie Golfer comes across a swing tip that applies to all golfers.

It was passed on to me during a lesson and is incredibly obvious but is something very few golfers apply to their game on a regular basis. Before every golf shot, aim at something. Don’t aim at a particular area but a particular spot.

Not just any old spot either, make sure it’s a tree in the distance, a stick behind the green or a spot in front of the hole.

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FUN STUFF

Rory McIlroy hits a bad left-handed shot, but still makes par: video

Rory McIlroy hits a bad left-handed shot, but still makes par: video

Rory McIlroy made sure Bubba Watson was watching his left-handed golf shot. Then stuffed it up.

The Grand Slam of Golf was held this week. It’s that golf ‘tournament’ that nobody really cares too much about, and features the four major winners for the year playing off against one another in Bermuda – for a pink jacket.

Adam Scott won it last year and this year Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk* are trying to win it this year.

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The physics of golf, infographic style

The physics of golf, infographic style

Need a quick refresher on the physics of golf?

We’re sent a few golf related infographics from time-to-time, with some appealing to us more than others.

We liked this one though, and thought this physics of golf infographic from the Quicken Loans team was worth sharing that includes the effect of dimples on a golf ball and physics-y words such as force, torque and velocity.

 

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Some bloke hits a golf ball off Mt.Kilimanjaro: video

Some bloke hits a golf ball off Mt.Kilimanjaro: video

Not a lot of back story to go with this one but Golf Digest spotted this video of a guy hitting a golf ball off the top of Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

Can anyone top this?

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Bonnie Doon Golf Club: course review

Bonnie Doon Golf Club: course review

The first stage of a full course redesign has rejuvenated Bonnie Doon Golf Club.  

Just 20 minutes south of the Sydney CBD, Bonnie Doon Golf Club has always been considered a good golf course. Always in great condition, a round at Bonnie Doon is an enjoyable experience with a fine layout, without any particularly memorable golf holes. For a highly regarded course situated on land that is remarkably similar to Melbourne’s sandbelt, it was a little surprising it wasn’t one of Sydney’s premier courses.

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Victoria Golf Club: course review

Victoria Golf Club: course review

Is it possible that for a golf course ranked in Australia’s Top-10 and still be underrated? Victoria Golf Course may have been, but after praise from the world’s number one golfer, it won’t be any more.

The 10th hole at Victoria Golf Club

Very few courses in the Melbourne sandbelt region could be deemed underrated, but I can’t help but feel that in the wider golfing community, Victoria Golf Club has been so. It is nearly always ranked in Australia’s Top-10 golf courses but it has often sat in the shadows of the more highly ranked sand belt golf courses that lie only a few kilometres away.

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Kangaroo Valley Golf Course: course review

Kangaroo Valley Golf Course: course review

Here is a golf resort without all the bells and whistles, and it’s a refreshing change and one worthy of a visit.

Kangaroo Valley Golf Course had been on my list of golf courses to play for quite some time. It is one of the lesser known courses in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, but I’ve met many golfers who speak very highly of it.

The drive into the resort is a great one.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

2014 Perth International: TV broadcast times

2014 Perth International: TV broadcast times

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ISPS HANDA Perth International will be broadcast on 7Two this week.

Free-to-air TV viewers will be happy to hear that Channel 7Two will broadcast the action from the 2014 ISPS Handa Perth International from Lake Karrinyup this week.

The US$2million event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and will feature Jason Dufner, Geoff Ogilvy, Charl Schwartzel, Steven Bowditch and Brett Rumford.

ISPS HANDA PERTH INTERNATIONAL - Channel 7 Two Thurs/Fri Sat/Sun NSW/Vic/Tas/ACT 1:00pm – 6:30pm 1:00pm – 6:00pm SA 12:30pm – 6:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Qld 12:00pm – 5:30pm 12:00pm – 5:00pm NT 11:30am – 5:00pm 11:30am – 4:30pm WA 10:00am – 3:30pm 10:00am – 3:00pm

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Golf Link’s “Race to Bonville” tees off for all Australian golfers

Golf Link’s “Race to Bonville” tees off for all Australian golfers

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014/15 Golf Link Race To Bonville gets underway again this month.

We’ve lauded Golf Link’s “Race to Series” here before and we wanted to let you know that the 2014/15 series gets underway this month.

The series features 35 events staged across the nation and includes courses such as Metropolitan Golf Club in Victoria, Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club in Queensland and The Cut in WA.

The series is a great way to test your game and is as close to a national tour as many of us will ever get close to.

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A personal look at Geoff Ogilvy’s rollercoaster career: video

A personal look at Geoff Ogilvy’s rollercoaster career: video

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is a video piece from the PGA Tour that gives a great, personal view of Geoff Ogilvy’s rise and fall (and then rise again) on the golf course.

Ogilvy is one of golf’s smartest, most likeable players and this is must-watch viewing. Ogilvy is a classic example of how quickly this game can turn – in either direction.

We’re stoked to see him back in good form and can’t wait to see him back in Australia in a few weeks.

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European Ryder Cup players make fun of Patrick Reed: photo

European Ryder Cup players make fun of Patrick Reed: photo

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patrick Reed is a good sport as he poses with European Team Ryder Cup players.

A lot of people (including myself) were critical of Patrick Reed’s antics at the Ryder Cup last month but he’s obviously got a decent sense of humour.

Reed is back in enemy territory and playing in the World Match Play Championship at the London GC in England this week. At the official photo session ahead of the event, he posed for a photo while a few of the European Team players take the mickey out of his now infamous ‘shushing’ moment.

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Greg Norman is a living brand, hates taxes, & unsure about playing golf again

Greg Norman is a living brand, hates taxes, & unsure about playing golf again

October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent chainsaw accident leaves Greg Norman unsure about playing golf again.

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com

Greg Norman appeared on the Fox Business Network and among the business talk, Greg Norman sounded a little doubtful about playing golf again following his recent chainsaw accident.

He also mentioned that he loved being ‘a living brand’, he’s only played five rounds this year and that Royal Melbourne composite is still his favourite golf course.

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Tiger snake wraps itself around golf bag at Sanctuary Lakes

Tiger snake wraps itself around golf bag at Sanctuary Lakes

October 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

The warmer, longer days means more time on the golf course; for both golfers and snakes.

Most golfers in Australia are celebrating the fact that spring has arrived and the time is right for much more golf. But unfortunately the warmer weather also brings a few other creatures out on to the golf course, and some are not so welcome.

Peter Dundon played Melbourne’s Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club last week and found this tiger snake take a liking to his golf bag.

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