TOUR NEWS

Scott and another mystery golfer to join McIlroy and Day at 2014 Australian Open

Scott and another mystery golfer to join McIlroy and Day at 2014 Australian Open

Adam Scott and one more top-15 ranked golfer will be teeing it up in the 2014 Australian Open.

Adam Scott is the latest big name to confirm his appearance at the 2014 Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in November 27 – 30.

The world’s number two ranked golfer has expressed his desire to make amends for a poor final hole at last year’s Australian Open that saw Scott lose to Rory McIlroy by one shot.

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Adam Scott’s rise featured on ‘Inside the PGA Tour’: video

Adam Scott’s rise featured on ‘Inside the PGA Tour’: video

Here is a great feature on the rise of Adam Scott as part of PGATour.com‘s Inside the PGA Tour video series.

Some nice added comments from other golfers including Jason Dufner who Scott beat in a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational this year.

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Jason Day joins 2014 Australian Open field

Jason Day joins 2014 Australian Open field

Golf Australia announce that Jason Day will join Rory McIlroy in the 2014 Emirates Australian Open field.

Hot on the heels of the news that world number one Rory McIlroy will play in this year’s Australian Open, comes the announcement that world number nine Jason Day will also tee it up at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from 27-30 November.

“It’s always good to come home to Australia and I’m excited to be able to play at the Emirates Australian Open again in November,” Day said.

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GOLF RULES

Can I practice my putting during a round?

Can I practice my putting during a round?

You have just missed a four footer for par and you tap in for bogey. Are you allowed to practice the four footer before moving on to the next tee?

Yes, you can practice the putt. It is a golfing myth that seems to come up all too often, so let’s get it right.

In any form of competition, matchplay, stableford and even stroke play you are allowed to practice your putting and chipping on or around the green you previously played.

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Golf Rules: Red and yellow stakes

Golf Rules: Red and yellow stakes

Water hazards are defined by red or yellow stakes. What is the difference?

Firstly, yellow stakes define a “water hazard” and red stakes define a “lateral water hazard” and the options for correctly proceeding are similar but there is one difference which is very important to know.

For both red and yellow stakes you may under the penalty of one stroke (Rule 26-1a) “Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played”.

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Golfer DQ’s himself from PGA Tour Q-School, six days later

Golfer DQ’s himself from PGA Tour Q-School, six days later

Would you DQ yourself six days after a golf tournament?

An American golfer by the name of Blayne Barber has dreams of making it to the PGA Tour like every other golfer. He was well on his way to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying last week by easily passing the first stage with five shots to spare. But an incident during the second round played on his mind.

He informed his caddy and playing partners that he believed he had moved a leaf while attempting to play a shot from a bunker.

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FUN STUFF

Remember you can read Inside Golf magazine online for free

Remember you can read Inside Golf magazine online for free

If you like what you’ve read in Inside Golf, you can read it online any time you like.

Yours truly writes a monthly column for Inside Golf (and others from time to time) so perhaps we’re a little biased but we do love reading this magazine.

Inside Golf is available for free at many golf clubs across Australia but on the off chance you can’t find yourself a copy (or they’ve all been taken), remember you can read it online any time you like – including past issues.

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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods do the Ice Bucket Challenge: video

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods do the Ice Bucket Challenge: video

Tiger and Rory join the list of celebrities who have done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ice Bucket Challenge from Rory McIlroy on Vimeo.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have joined the long list of notable people who have participated in the Ice bucket Challenge. Others include Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake and Mark Zuckerberg.

So I’m sure some of you are asking; what is the ALS ice bucket challenge?

The challenge started from a few different sources to raise money for a charity where participants pour cold water over their heads or forego the challenge and donate $100 to charity.

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Greg Norman is now a twittering grandfather

Greg Norman is now a twittering grandfather

Greg Norman announces birth of his grandson on Twitter.

Spending the day with my first grandson. A beautiful new chapter in life has begun. Thank u @MorganLNorman & Chris. pic.twitter.com/3PnhBrdF1Z

— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) August 9, 2014

We totally missed this and thanks to Golf Industry Central for pointing it out to us.

Posting the above photo on his Twitter account last week, Norman announced he was now a grandfather after his daughter Morgan-Leigh gave birth to a baby boy.

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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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Gerringong Golf Club: course review

Gerringong Golf Club: course review

This simple golf course brings with it loads of fun and incredible views.

The Gerringong Golf Club lies on a stretch of road joining the towns of Gerringong and Gerroa. If you’re a golfer and you’ve ever taken this road, you must remember the course. Placed in an open valley that stretches down to the ocean, it’s quite a sight. Supreme real estate and a gorgeous place to hit the golf ball around.

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Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links has arguably the best set of per-3′s in Australia.

The first hole at Thirteenth Beach. (Images courtesy of 13thbeach.net)

I wasn’t prepared for my round at The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach.

Firstly, I’d misjudged the weather. My shorts and t-shirt weren’t appropriate for this chilly, windy day. And secondly, I’d totally underestimated how good this golf course was going to be.

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne – south-west around Port Philip Bay - Thirteenth Beach Golf Links lies on the south coast of the Bellarine Peninsula.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

Allenby holds on to Tour card; scrapes into FedEx Cup playoffs by a shot

Allenby holds on to Tour card; scrapes into FedEx Cup playoffs by a shot

August 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Robert Allenby has had a bad year on the PGA Tour but he’ll get another go at it next year after catching a break and keeping his card.

Robert Allenby has finally got a got a break and scraped held on to his PGA Tour card by just one shot.

The four-time PGA Tour champ was sitting precariously on the edge of the top-125 players going into the final tournament of the PGA Tour season.

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“That’s How Duf Does It”: Jason Dufner’s instructional golf videos

“That’s How Duf Does It”: Jason Dufner’s instructional golf videos

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Prior to withdrawing from the US PGA Championship with a neck injury, Jason Dufner filmed this piece for Funny or Die.

You’d never know from his demeanour but Jason Dufner is supposedly a funny guy and it comes across a little in this video which has its moments of laugh out loudness.

Dufner is probably not laughing right now though. He has battled a neck injury since the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and keeps him of the golf course indefinitely.

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Jeffress wins 2014 Fiji International; final round highlights video

Jeffress wins 2014 Fiji International; final round highlights video

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Steven Jeffress has won the inaugural 2014 Fiji International by four shots from Jake Higginbottom.

If you missed the coverage of the tournament on FoxSports, here is a graphic-filled final round highlights from Natadola Bay.

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Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Butch Harmon on making those short putts.

A short video from short game guru Butch Harmon on Golf Digest made an impact on me during the week.

Watch and learn. And don’t wish any in over the weekend.

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Rickie Fowler finishes with best score across all four majors in 2014

Rickie Fowler finishes with best score across all four majors in 2014

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

For sheer competitiveness and consistency at all four majors in 2014, Rick Yutaka Fowler was a clear winner.

Last year Australian golfers Adam Scott and Jason Day were the best performing golfers at all four majors. In 2014 Rickie Fowler was the clear winner.

Fowler finished in a tie for 5th at The Masters, a tie for second at the US Open and The Open Championship before finishing in a tie for third at last week’s US PGA Championship.

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Fiji International tees of tomorrow; live coverage on FoxSports

Fiji International tees of tomorrow; live coverage on FoxSports

August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Vijay Singh and Nick Price are in the field for the inaugural Fiji International golf tournament that tees off tomorrow.

The inaugural Fiji International tees off tomorrow at the fabulous Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

Fiji International Live Scores

Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia, Vijay Singh returns to play in his home country and will be joined by the likes of fellow Major champion Nick Price, Japan Tour stars Brendan Jones and Brad Kennedy, as well as young guns Matthew Griffin, Brady Watt and Bryden Macpherson.

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