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Jarrod Lyle returns to US Tour and will be “Fockering” around America

Jarrod Lyle returns to US Tour and will be “Fockering” around America

“If I make a triple bogey on a par 4 or whatever it is out there, you know, it’s better than having a day’s worth of chemo.”

Jarrod Lyle will make a remarkable return to US professional golf this week when he tees it up on the Web.com tour at the Midwest Classic.

Jarrod Lyle was diagnosed with leukaemia for a second time in March 2012, just months before the birth of his first child.

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McIlroy’s father wins big after betting on Rory to win The Open before age of 26

McIlroy’s father wins big after betting on Rory to win The Open before age of 26

Rory McIlroy’s win at Hoylake not only won himself the winner’s cheque at The Open overnight but his Dad had a nice pay-day as well.

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Gerry McIlroy and a few of his friends have won £200,000 after a successfully betting on his son, Rory McIlroy to win The Open by the age of 26.

The best was placed 10 years ago, when McIlroy was just 16-years-old and it is understood that McIlroy snr and his friends placed £400 at 500/1 with a bookie on Rory to win The Open Championship before his 26th birthday.

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McIlroy claims third major with two-shot victory at Hoylake

McIlroy claims third major with two-shot victory at Hoylake

Rory McIlroy grabbed the third leg of a career grand slam overnight by winning the 2014 Open Championship by two strokes.

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McIlroy’s previous two major victories were both by a margin of eight strokes. When Rory wins, he wins big and it looked like the 2014 Open Championship was going the same way as the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland took a commanding six shot lead into the final round.

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GOLF RULES

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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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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Justin Rose’s practice swing divot hits his golf ball: video

Justin Rose’s practice swing divot hits his golf ball: video

Justin Rose is forced to take a one-stroke penalty in very strange circumstances.

Now this is weird.

During the third round of the BMW Championship, Justin Rose took a practice swing directly behind his golf ball. He took a divot and it hit his golf ball causing it to move.

And just like yesterday, when Tiger Woods’ golf ball moved while removing a stick, this is a breach of Rule 18-2.

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FUN STUFF

Adam Scott and other golfers imitate Ivor Robson: video

Adam Scott and other golfers imitate Ivor Robson: video

Adam Scott and a bunch of other golfers were asked to do their best impressions of the legendary Ivor Robson.

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Playing golf with The Dan Plan in Australia: video

Playing golf with The Dan Plan in Australia: video

Dan has a plan to practice his golf game for 10,000 hours.

Dan McLaughlin of The Dan Plan fame is in Australia and I played a round of golf at Bonnie Doon Golf Club with him on Monday, giving me the time to quiz him on his remarkable ambition to practise his golf game for 10,000 hours.

We’ve featured The Dan Plan here at Aussie Golfer several times before, but in a nutshell Dan is testing the 10,000 hours theory which was most notably publicised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book best-selling book, Outliers and Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated.

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Tour players attempt the Phil Mickelson flop-shot challenge: video

Tour players attempt the Phil Mickelson flop-shot challenge: video

A bunch of European players attempt to lob golf balls over a cut out of Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson is at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club this week competing in the Scottish Open. As part of the European Tour’s continuing series of great videos, they got Phil Mickelson to hit one of his amazing flop-shots over a cut out of himself.

After telling everyone that no one in their right mind would attempt a flop-shot off such a tight lie, he went and then hit one a few feet from the hole.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

The Links Shell Cove is now a much more enjoyable place to play golf. The picturesque, par-3 8th at The Links Shell Cove. The Links Shell Cove opened in 2004 and all I heard was how difficult it was. Reports kept filtering from Kiama (about 90 minutes drive south of Sydney) about how hard the fairways were and how deep the rough was. It just didn’t sound like an inviting place to play golf at all and luckily, the club thought the same thing.

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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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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

Loudmouth Golf goes green and gold

Loudmouth Golf goes green and gold

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Loudmouth Golf have released a new line of green and gold golf clothing.

Care to look a little loud while supporting Australia at the same time? This could be the clothing collection for you.

From the Loudmouth Golf media release:

 This patriotic collection consists of three new designs inspired by some of Loudmouths classic patterns, Green and Gold Paint, Green and Gold Splash and Vegeburger.

Whether you are supporting football, cricket, rugby, tennis, or golf, Loudmouth has you covered.

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“Some golfer!”; when Peter Thomson won at Hoylake: video

“Some golfer!”; when Peter Thomson won at Hoylake: video

July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peter Thomson won five Open championships. His third was won at Hoylake.

Ahead of the final round of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake) I thought it was a good time to remember Peter Thomson’s victory in 1956.

It was Thomson’s third consecutive Open Championship win, something only three Scots had done before: Bob Ferguson, Jamie Anderson and Tom Morris Jr.

Golfers to have won The Open championship at Royal Liverpool:

2006: Tiger Woods (US) 1967: Roberto De Vincenzo (Arg) 1956: Peter Thomson (Aus) 1947: Fred Daly (NIR) 1936: Alf Padgham (Eng) 1930: Bobby Jones (a) (US) 1924: Walter Hagen (US) 1913: JH Taylor (Eng) 1907: Arnaud Massy (Fra) 1902: Sandy Herd (Sco) 1897: Harold Hilton (a) (Eng)

Will Rory McIlroy be next?

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2014 Open Championship: Rory roars around Hoylake as Aussie hopes fade

2014 Open Championship: Rory roars around Hoylake as Aussie hopes fade

July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rain and the threat of thunderstorms couldn’t dampen some fantastic golf on day three at Royal Liverpool.

Despite a frustrating day for Australian golf fans, some hugely entertaining golf was played out at Royal Liverpool that ended with 25-year-old Rory McIlroy holding a commanding XXX-shot lead and staring down his third major championship trophy.

The scores at the end of the third round belied the drama that unfolded during the middle of the day with Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all pushing McIlroy for the lead at different times.

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2014 Open Championshiop: Our favourite photos so far

2014 Open Championshiop: Our favourite photos so far

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our pick of the best photos taken so far at the 2014 Open Championship from Royal Liverpool, Hoylake where Rory McIlroy currently holds a four shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

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2014 Open Championship: Round 2 video highlights

2014 Open Championship: Round 2 video highlights

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rory McIlroy leads 2014 British Open by four shots after two rounds.

Rory McIlroy overcame his Friday curse to romp to another 6-under 66 and is four shots ahead of Dustin Johnson going into the weekend at the 2014 Open Championship.

Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are the best Aussies through two rounds but are nine shots behind McIlroy at 3-under par.

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2014 Open Championship: Round one winners and losers

2014 Open Championship: Round one winners and losers

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers after the first round of the 2014 British Open.

WINNERS

Rory McIlroy McIlroy was superb on the opening day at Royal Liverpool. A bogey-free 6-under par 66 gave the Northern Irishman a one stroke lead – thanks largely to a sublime short game. For all the power Rory has in his game, his deft touch around the greens were a pleasure to watch.

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