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9 reasons you should get up early to watch the final round of the 2014 Masters

9 reasons you should get up early to watch the final round of the 2014 Masters

There are still lots of fascinating possibilities ahead of us at Augusta National tomorrow.

A few Australian golf fans have suggested this Masters tournament is not so interesting now that Adam Scott has dropped out of the race.

Is he really too far back? And even if he doesn’t win the green jacket, there are some fascinating scenarios waiting to be played out tomorrow. Here are some reasons why you should get up early to watch the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament.

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2014 Masters: Bubba bursts into the lead as big names miss cut

2014 Masters: Bubba bursts into the lead as big names miss cut

Bubba bursts through, Senden surprises, Scott stays patient and plenty of big names miss the cut.

Bubba Watson was the only golf to go bogey-free in round one and while his second round score card wasn’t quite as clean, the 2012 Masters champion fired a 4-under par 68 to have a three stroke lead going into the weekend.

Watson’s round included five straight birdies through holes 12 – 16 and is sitting in a strong position to take his second green jacket.

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2014 Masters Round 2: Our favourite photos

2014 Masters Round 2: Our favourite photos

The pick of our favourite photographs from the second round of the 2014 Masters.

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GOLF RULES

Rules of Golf: Casual water in a bunker

Rules of Golf: Casual water in a bunker

The recent rains across Australia has seen many flooded golf courses and casual water in bunkers has been an issue. But what is the ruling if you find you ball in one?

Barry Rhodes from the Rules of Golf website recently covered the rules relating to casual water and there’s a few options available. Golf rule 25-1b covers the details but in short:

1) You can play it as it lies. You don’t have to take relief. 
2) You can take relief without penalty by dropping the ball in the bunker.

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McIlroy hits the wrong golf ball, but no penalty

McIlroy hits the wrong golf ball, but no penalty

Rory McIlroy hit the wrong golf ball during last weekend’s Madrid Masters, but it was deemed ok.

There have been a few interesting scenarios on the pro tours lately which have tested the rules officials. Kevin Na’s air-swing was closely looked at and deemed ok last week, John Daly ended up withdrawing over a rule infringement and this week, Rory McIlroy was caught up in a strange ruling.

You see last week at the Kolon Korea Open,  McIlroy had just hit a ball out of bounds and hit his next shot into deep rough.

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Rules of Golf: Hazard Stakes

Rules of Golf: Hazard Stakes

Aussie Golfer played a shot into a lateral water hazard. I realise some of you may find that hard to believe but yes occasionally my shots go wayward.

I found my ball only centimetres in the hazard with a decent lie and decided to play the ball. No more than a metre in front of my ball in a direct line to the green was the red stake defining the hazard.

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FUN STUFF

Adam Scott’s Masters dinner menu included bugs and pavlova

Adam Scott’s Masters dinner menu included bugs and pavlova

Adam Scott includes Moreton Bay bugs and pavalova on the Masters Champions Dinner menu.

One of the many traditions associated with The Masters Tournament and Augusta National is the Champions dinner.

The tradition began in 1952 when defending champions Ben Hogan hosted a dinner in the Augusta National clubhouse for all the previous green jacket winners. Ever since defending Masters champions have done the same thing, often serving a dinner menu of their choice and footing the bill for it.

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Bubba Watson prepares for The Masters in the office: video

Bubba Watson prepares for The Masters in the office: video

Bubba Watson features in a couple of new ESPN SportsCenter commercials – this is the best of them.

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Will Ferrell’s thoughts on The Masters: video

Will Ferrell’s thoughts on The Masters: video

Will Ferrell chats about the time he was kicked out of The Masters, how he would honour the loss of the Eisenhower’s tree and a Rory/Bubba feud?.

Tip o’ the hat to Kyle Porter at Eye on Golf.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Nestled right at the base of the Blue Mountains about an hours drive west of Sydney is the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course. This relatively unknown golf course is a little gem.

Redeveloped in 1993, the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course occupies the lowlands of the homestead clubhouse which sits atop the central hill. It has done so since it was originally built as a residence for the land owners back in 1824 and you can certainly feel the history that the club has managed to maintain ever since.

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Glenelg Golf Club: course review

Glenelg Golf Club: course review

Not as well known as some other Adelaide golf courses, Glenelg Golf Club is fast becoming one of Australia’s best.

A stinking hot Adelaide day would mean only the toughest (or perhaps craziest) golfers would be enduring the heat. So things were pretty quiet as made my way to Glenelg Golf Club late in the afternoon, still with plenty of time to fit in eighteen holes.

Glenelg Golf Club is situated on the western side of Adelaide, just 15 minutes out of the city.

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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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OTHER RECENT POSTS

2014 Masters: Favourite photos from round one

2014 Masters: Favourite photos from round one

April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here are our favourite photos from round one of The 2014 Masters. With a heavy bias towards the Aussies of course…

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2014 Masters round 1: Haas leads, Scott one shot behind

2014 Masters round 1: Haas leads, Scott one shot behind

April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adam Scott makes a great start at The 2014 Masters.

2014 Masters Scores Round 1

-4 Haas
-3 Scott, Oosthuizen, B.Watson
-2 K.Stadler, Blixt, Woodland, Walker, Choi, Snedeker, Leishman

Adam Scott has made a strong start to his defence of the green jacket at Augusta National by shooting a 3-under par 69 to be a shot behind the leader, American Bill Haas.

Haas’ round could have been anything. He made bogeys and the first and 17th holes but fired sic opening round birdies to take the lead on the opening day.

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10 things you may not know about Augusta National

10 things you may not know about Augusta National

April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The history of Augusta National is full of odd trivia and interesting quirks.

Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters Tournament has quite a back story. Many golf fans know the course layout intimately without ever setting foot in Georgia let alone on the golf course, but the history of the course may not be so well-known.

Its history is littered with fascinating stories and interesting quirks that make up some of the charm of the golf course. Here are a few these things you may not know about the history of Augusta National.

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Photo: Lexi Thompson wins and caddy somersaults into water

Photo: Lexi Thompson wins and caddy somersaults into water

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Check out this great photo of Lexi Thompson and her caddy jumping into the water beside the 18th green at Mission Hills, California.

Lexi Thompson became the second-youngest winner of a LPGA major golf tournament when she held on to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship this morning. The 19-year-old from Florida

Thompson celebrated with a traditional victory jump into Poppie’s Pond next to the 18th green – and so did her caddy who somersaulted into the water soon after as the photo above shows.

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Our guide to the seven Australians at the 2014 Masters

Our guide to the seven Australians at the 2014 Masters

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seven Australians are in the field for the 2014 Masters this week, with Adam Scott at short odds to go back-to-back.

It all feels very different this year.

No longer are we forlornly hoping that an Australian would break the curse and win The Masters. No longer are we scared to even see an Australian in contention on Masters Sunday for fear of our hearts being broken.

In fact we’re not only expecting an Australian to get himself in with a chance to win the 2014 Masters, but we believe we’re a half decent chance of winning it again.

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Matt Jones wins Houston Open and headed to The Masters

Matt Jones wins Houston Open and headed to The Masters

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another week another Australian winner on the PGA Tour. This time its Matt Jones winning in extraordinary fashion in Houston.

Last September, Matt Jones had an 8-foot birdie putt to get himself into the final FedEx Cup event and a spot in the 2014 Masters. Looking for all the world like it was going to drop into the hole, the ball cruelly lipped out sending Jones out of the playoffs and giving him a spare weekend in April.

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