TOUR NEWS

Crow flies away with golf ball during Australian PGA Championship: video

Crow flies away with golf ball during Australian PGA Championship: video

Most Australian golfers can relate to this, a crow flying off with your golf ball.

The US Golf Channel picked up on this avian intruder during the second round of last week’s Australian PGA Championship. A crow flew off with Samual Eaves’ golf ball and was caught on camera.

As commentator Wayne Grady explains, the incident was seen and caught on tape therefore Eaves was entitled to a free drop from as near to the point the ball was taken as possible.

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Greg Chalmers wins Australian PGA after epic seven-hole playoff

Greg Chalmers wins Australian PGA after epic seven-hole playoff

Greg Chalmers outlasted Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in an incredible seven hole playoff to win the 2014 Australian PGA Championship.

Greg Chalmers has won his second Australian PGA Championship after surviving an epic 7-hole sudden-death playoff against Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby.

The seven hole finale was the longest playoff to decide a winner in Australasian professional golf that only ended after an unexpected mistake from the world #3 Adam Scott.

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Adam Scott thinks Olympic Golf should be for the amateurs: video

Adam Scott thinks Olympic Golf should be for the amateurs: video

Olympic golf is not a priority for Adam Scott.

Golf will be played at the 2016 Rio Olympics for the first time since 1904 and American Boo Weekley was asked his thoughts on that at last night’s Australian PGA Championship, ‘A Dinner with the Stars’.

Weekley said that it thought it might be a better event if the amateurs represented their country, rather than the professionals, as will be the case at Rio 2016.

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GOLF TIPS

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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3 video tips for better bunker shots

3 video tips for better bunker shots

We’ve been talking a lot about the professional tours on this blog lately, so for Friday we’re going to bring the game back to what it’s all about, YOU.

Let’s end the week with three short video tips on bunker shots from some of the games best. Starting off with a nice simple one from Jack Nicklaus and his son Gary.

Here one of the best bunker players of them all, Tom Watson talking a little more specifically about the dynamics of the sand wedge during a bunker shot.

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FUN STUFF

Win a weekend of free golf at Barnbougle!

Win a weekend of free golf at Barnbougle!

Barnbougle Dunes turned 10 this week and is giving away 10 weekends of golf.

To celebrate Barnbougle Dunes turning 10 years old this week, Barnbougle is asking golfers for their submit their Barnbougle top tips (#barnbougletoptips) for their chance to win a weekend of free golf for them and three mates across both courses at the Barnbougle Resort.

To provide their #Barnbougletoptips, golfers should upload their recommendations to social media tagging their three friends, @Barnbougle and #barnbougletoptips.

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Rickie Fowler reminds us that you can putt out of a bunker: video

Rickie Fowler reminds us that you can putt out of a bunker: video

Don’t forget there is a whole arsenal of non-traditional golf shots available to you on the golf course.

I’ve putted out of a bunker twice this year. Once out of the back bunker on the 18th hole at Barnbougle Dunes and once out of the back-right bunker beside the 10th green at Bonnie Doon Golf Club. On both occasions it felt wrong and drew raised eyebrows from my playing partners both before and after the shots.

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Aussie golfer Cameron Davis can play great golf right and left-handed: video

Aussie golfer Cameron Davis can play great golf right and left-handed: video

Cameron Davis is great at golf right-handed and left-handed.

The next bunch of young Australian professional golfers are possibly the best we’ve ever had. Expect a lot of success from these guys over the next decade, including this young gun, Cameron Davis.

But what we didn’t know is that Davis can hit the ball beautifully right-handed as well as left-handed. Which must be handy if the golf ball is stuck up against a tree.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Course Review: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Course Review: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Always be cautious playing the back nine first. Despite the club pro suggesting it was a good idea, I still felt strangely awkward about it. Especially not knowing the location of the 9th green.

The back nine is actually a back eight at Wentworth Falls Country Club and as my golf senses told me, there was a foursome coming through and we were told by members to shift out of the way in a fairly unfriendly manner.

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Course Review: Werribee Park Golf Club

Course Review: Werribee Park Golf Club

Werribee Park has a country golf club feel only 35 minutes from Melbourne.

On a list of great golf courses, Werribee Park Golf Club would not high on the list but it is definitely one worth playing.

The greens are always very true and despite the state of Victoria struggling big time with rain right now, it is in excellent condition.

It has that classic country golf club feel about it. Great members who’ll have a chat upon drifting onto the adjacent fairway, a wonderful club house which sits atop the escarpment which runs through the course, and good yarns that give it some great history.

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Course Review: The Vintage, NSW

Course Review: The Vintage, NSW

There was plenty to look forward to on a weekend in late November last year with a few mates meeting up in the Hunter Valley. One of the highlights was the game of golf at the Greg Norman designed Vintage Golf Course. Service in the pro shop and club house wasn’t bad for the money paid (think it was about $110 but always remember to try golflink or iseekgolf for cheaper deals).

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2014 Australian PGA Championship: GolfLink’s final round wrap-up video

2014 Australian PGA Championship: GolfLink’s final round wrap-up video

December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rod Morri and Bruce Young scrutinize what was an epic end to the 2014 Australian PGA Championship that saw Greg Chalmers outlast Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in a seven-hole playoff.

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2014 Australian PGA Championship: TV Broadcast Times

2014 Australian PGA Championship: TV Broadcast Times

December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Adam Scott is defending his Australian PGA Championship and Channel 7 will be broadcasting the action from Royal Pines.

Channel 7 will be broadcasting the 2014 Australian PGA Championship from RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast this week.

Channel 7 TV times (AEDT) Thursday December 11, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Friday December 12, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday December 13, 12:00pm – 5.00pm Sunday December 14, 12:00pm – 5.00pm

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2014 Australian PGA Championship: Brian Lara, Guy Leech, Natalie Cook, James Nitties and more great video

2014 Australian PGA Championship: Brian Lara, Guy Leech, Natalie Cook, James Nitties and more great video

December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ahead of the 2014 Australian PGA Championship, Luke Elvy is getting around Royal Pines doing some great clips with some of the golfers and celebrities in the pro-am.

First up, Luke chats to cricket legend Brian Lara, champion ironman Guy Leech and beach Olympic gold medalist, bach volleyballer Natalie Cook. The three of them were paired with young gun Cameron Smith.

Luke then had a chat with the always interesting James Nitties;

And then talked to Tournament Director Andrew Langford-Jones about the tournament itself including discussion on the two very different nines in play at Royal Pines this week.

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2014 Australian PGA Championship: Preview, favourites, dark horses and our picks

2014 Australian PGA Championship: Preview, favourites, dark horses and our picks

December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Australian PGA Championship returns for a second time to RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast this week.

Adam Scott returns to the Australian PGA Championship defend his title after beating Rickie Fowler in a great final round in 2013. He is joined in the field by internationals Boo Weekley, Brendon De Jonge and Scott Stallings, as well as a host of Australian golfers in some pretty good form including Marc Leishman, Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford.

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2014 Australian PGA Championship: Marc Leishman press interview video

2014 Australian PGA Championship: Marc Leishman press interview video

December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marc Leishman makes his only appearance in front of Australian audiences this summer with a start in the field at the 2014 Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

Leishman chats to the media about being back in Australia, the new-look Royal Pines golf course and where he is at going into 2015.

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Toddler tantrum after missing short putt: video

Toddler tantrum after missing short putt: video

December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Golf Channel featured this video of a toddler cracking a tantrum after missing a short putt.

I’ve seen adults crack similar tantrums that carry over well into the next few holes.

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