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Adam Scott and Steve Williams part ways

Adam Scott and Steve Williams part ways

Adam Scott has parted ways with his long-time caddie Steve Williams.

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The partnership of Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams has come to an end. Adam Scott announced the split in a statement late yesterday:

“Steve has been an integral part of my team in a period where I have fulfilled some of my lifetime golfing goals,” Scott said.

“His dedication and professionalism have been without question, and his friendship is highly valued.

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Karrie Webb sees eighth major victory slip through her fingers at Evian Championship

Karrie Webb sees eighth major victory slip through her fingers at Evian Championship

Teenage sensation Hyo-Joo Kim has pipped Karrie Webb at the final hole to win the Evian Championship.

In the blink of an eye, Karrie Webb saw her eighth major championship win slip through her fingers as she bogeyed the final hole to lose the 2014 Evian Championship by a shot to Hyo-Joo Kim.

Going into the final round, Kim led Webb by one shot but Webb made up the difference on the opening hole.

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Billy Horschel wins FedEx Cup and US$11.44m. Who is Billy Horschel?

Billy Horschel wins FedEx Cup and US$11.44m. Who is Billy Horschel?

The biggest cheque in professional golf has just been won by the unheralded Billy Horschel.

In just one day on the golf course, Billy Horschel has doubled his career earnings. By holding off Rory McIlroy and the fast finishing Jim Furyk, Horschel netted himself over US$11 million.

Golfers are awarded points depending on where they finish in the regular PGA Tour events. The top-120 ranked 120 golfers earn themselves a spot in the first of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.

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GOLF RULES

Things you CAN do on a golf course

Things you CAN do on a golf course

Barry Rhodes is a golf rules guru. No question.

In March 2008, Barry became the first person to achieve a 100% correct mark on the public Advanced Rules of Golf Course examination, run by the PGA in their headquarters at The Belfry, West Midlands, UK.

We’ll check in with Barry from time to time to get the absolute rulings on different scenarios you may encounter on the golf course.

In the meantime, I’d like to present to you a list Barry published a few weeks on things you CAN do on a golf course.

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Rules of Golf: The Sprinkler Head

Rules of Golf: The Sprinkler Head

Your ball is just off the green and you would like to putt but a sprinkler head lies between your ball and the green. Are you entitled to relief as your ball will clearly hit the sprinkler head?

It is a situation we’ve probably all encountered at some stage but what is the answer? No. No, you are not entitled to a free drop but you would be entitled to a free drop if your ball was resting on the sprinkler head or if it was affecting your normal swing or stance.   This is dealt with under Rule 24-2: Immovable Obstruction, but some golf courses have local rules in place which would allow relief if the sprinkler head is within two club lengths of the green.

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Dyson DQ’d for tapping down a mark on the green: video

Dyson DQ’d for tapping down a mark on the green: video

A little rules reminder about the dangers of tapping down marks on the green, from Simon Dyson at the BMW Masters.

England’s Simon Dyson was disqualified after the second round of the BMW Masters after TV viewers spotted him tapping down this mark in the line of his putt.

It feels harsh but it is against the rules and one that every golfer should know – although many golfers pretend to repair a plug mark to get around it.

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FUN STUFF

18 tips to get your golf game in shape for summer

18 tips to get your golf game in shape for summer

Hear that? That’s the sound of summer on its way. Are you ready to hit the fairways?

In just a few weeks time, footy finals, hoodies and chilly mornings will give way to sparkling sunshine, longer days and the lure of a summer on the golf course. Your hibernating golfing buddies are dusting of the teledex right now, itching to give you a call and tee up that next round of golf.

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My Inside Golf piece with Dan from The Dan Plan

My Inside Golf piece with Dan from The Dan Plan

The full article of my chat with Dan from the Dan Plan is now online to read.

I wrote a piece for the latest issue of Inside Golf about Dan McLaughlin – better known as Dan from The Dan Plan. In case you haven’t caught the article in Inside Golf at your golf club or golf shop, here it is online for your reading pleasure.

Dan is undertaking a project that sees him dedicating 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to golf with the intention of becoming an expert in the field – competing in the world of professional golf.

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Rory McIlroy’s drive ends up in spectators pocket: video

Rory McIlroy’s drive ends up in spectators pocket: video

What’s the ruling when your golf ball ends up in the pocket of a spectator?

With every week comes another ‘highlight’ from Rory McIlroy. Last week he featured in some four-putting capers, this week one of Rory’s drives ends up in the pocket of a spectator.

Rory McIlroy shot the best score of the second round of the season ending TOUR Championship. His superb 5-under 65 included this moment of craziness when his errant drive at the par-4 14th hole went straight into the pocket of a spectator.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Southern Golf Club: course review

Southern Golf Club: course review

Lesser known than some of the other sandbelt golf courses, Melbourne’s Southern Golf Club is worth a visit.

It feels ridiculous now but as I wandered towards the first tee of Southern Golf Club last November I fantasised about stumbling into Tiger Woods.

You see Tiger had just played his first round at the Australian Masters that morning and maybe, just maybe he was looking for some quieter surroundings in the sandbelt region of Melbourne to fine tune his game.

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Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is worth a look as a golf holiday destination.

Australia is perhaps the most accessible place in the world to play golf. Not only are there a good number of well priced public courses but if you’re looking for a golf holiday the options are also plentiful.

We’ve played golf in most of the country and over the past few years have become more aware of the wonderful areas to spend a few days with the small white ball.

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Royal Adelaide Golf Club: course review

Royal Adelaide Golf Club: course review

Controversy over a proposal to re-design the golf course has done nothing to ruin a day out on the majestic fairways of Royal Adelaide.

I remember the first time I saw the Old Course at St.Andrews on TV.

“Oh, they’ve got a road crossing the 18th like Royal Adelaide”, I naively though to myself. This was the sort of opinion one had of Royal Adelaide if you grew up in the City of Churches. It was the holy grail of golf courses, and all others were compared to it, including the oldest.<

Nowadays I know better than to utter such sacrilegious remarks, but after getting an opportunity to play Royal Adelaide it is easy to see why it is still considered one of the world’s best.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

R&A votes to allow female members and joins 20th century (in the 21st century)

R&A votes to allow female members and joins 20th century (in the 21st century)

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

While not the most important vote in Scotland this week, the R&A’s decision to allow female members was long overdue.

In a week where there is a lot of serious voting going on in Scotland, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club have voted to accept female members.

The historic, and somewhat antediluvian club has more than 2400 members across the world and more than 75 per cent of them cast their vote in the ballot with more than 85 per cent in favour of accepting female members.

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GolfBuddy launch new talking GPS rangefinder

GolfBuddy launch new talking GPS rangefinder

September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

GolfBuddy announces the launch of the newest addition to its Voice Line, the VS4 Talking GPS.

GolfBuddy are one of the leaders when it comes to golf GPS rangefinders and for a few years they’ve been perfecting the talking distance finder.

Just in time for summer, they’ve just released the VS4, the latest release in their Voice Line a new GPS devices.

From the press release:

The new easy-to-use design enables users to hear the distance to the front, centre and back of the green from their point of view, at the touch of a button – giving golfers reliable distance readings so that they have complete confidence and knowledge of the course.

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Greg Norman lucky not to lose left hand in chainsaw accident

Greg Norman lucky not to lose left hand in chainsaw accident

September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Great White Shark has had a run in with a chainsaw and it was almost horrific.

Greg Norman posted the above photo of himself lying in a hospital bed after an accident with a chainsaw. There is no official word on what happened but The Great White Shark sounds like he’s lucky to still have his left hand.

Along with the post, Norman issued a warning about working with chainsaws;

“Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected.

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Katherine Kirk golf cart interview at Evian Championship: video

Katherine Kirk golf cart interview at Evian Championship: video

September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ahead of this week’s Evian Championship, Australia’s Katherine Kirk was interviewed in a golf cart and chats about life on tour, her advice to junior golfers, and shows off her drawing skills.

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Baby bear plays with flagstick on golf course green: video

Baby bear plays with flagstick on golf course green: video

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some hilarious footage has emerged of a baby black bear dancing around with a flagstick.

This video was taken by Andi Dzilums at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Canada and shows a baby black bear taking a liking to the flagstick and dancing around like something you’d see at the circus.

After deciding his couldn’t get take the flag away with him, he settled for the golf ball instead.

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LuxGolf Australia offering ‘unforgettable golf experience’

LuxGolf Australia offering ‘unforgettable golf experience’

September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Australia’s LuxGolf are taking high-end golf travel to a whole new level.

Australia has no shortage of great golf courses and thanks to some recent high-profile tournaments, world golf rankings and the success of Adam Scott, more international guests are making their way to our shores to check out the courses themselves.

Up until now, the international golf tourism market has been largely ignored – especially the high-end travellers. But a new touring company is changing all that with a seriously top-notch golf experience.

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