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2014 Ryder Cup: Europeans too good for Americans, again

2014 Ryder Cup: Europeans too good for Americans, again

Europe claim their eighth Ryder Cup victory in the last ten starts, beating the Americans 16.5 to 11.5 at Gleneagles in Scotland overnight.

The standard of golf at the Ryder Cup has again led some to suggest that it is the best tournament in golf. Even better than the Masters. And if the standard of golf, atmosphere and size of the crowds are anything to go by, they just may be right.

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2014 Ryder Cup: final day video highlights

2014 Ryder Cup: final day video highlights

Europe have retained the Ryder Cup by beating the Americans 16.5 to 11.5 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

For a brief moment it appeared as though Team USA may just pull off a miraculous victory. But solid singles matches from the Europeans, namely Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Jamie Donaldson, saw the Europeans claim their eighth Ryder Cup from the past 10 duels.

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2014 Ryder Cup: Day 2 video highlights

2014 Ryder Cup: Day 2 video highlights

Video highlights from day two of the Ryder Cup, starting with the morning fourballs.

If you didn’t see how good Justin Rose was in this session, watch this now.

And Europe’s domination of the afternoon fourballs…

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GOLF RULES

Kuchar forgets to replace his marker: rules reminder video

Kuchar forgets to replace his marker: rules reminder video

Matt Kuchar provides us with a little rules reminder on marking and replacing your golf ball on the green.

Well before Jason Day’s victory at the WGC Accenture Match Play and well before Victor Dubuisson’s final day heroics came this odd little incident that serves as a rules reminder about marking and replacing your ball in the correct spot n the putting green.

Matt Kuchar faced up against Austrian Bernd Weisberger in his first round match of the WGC Accenture Match Play.

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How long can you wait for your putt to drop?

How long can you wait for your putt to drop?

American PGA Tour player Scott Langley had good cause to wait for his putt to drop on the 16th hole at during his final round of the Memorial Tournament.

Langley’s 10-foot putt for birdie at the 16th at Muirfield Village skirted the hole and sat the edge of the back of the cup. Seemingly hanging in mid-air, Langley took his time to get to the hole and wait for it to fall in.

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McDowell penalised for moving his golf ball

McDowell penalised for moving his golf ball

Careful where you step when walking towards your golf ball.

We highlighted a couple of week’s ago (with tongue firmly in check) how golf is much easier on the professional tour thanks to grandstands you can use to guide your ball around the golf course.

Conversely, golf is becoming more difficult for professional golfers on the big tours thanks to TV coverage. It seems like every month there is a rules infringement that was ultimately decided after a review of the TV footage, and this month, it’s Graeme McDowell’s turn.

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FUN STUFF

Adam Scott carves it up on the waves of Nicaragua

Adam Scott carves it up on the waves of Nicaragua

Adam Scott swaps the golf clubs for the surfboard in the off season.

It’s no secret Adam Scott is a keen surfer and will jump at any opportunity to hit the waves and he’s swapped the golf clubs for a surfboard this week in Nicaragua. Surf photographer Dave Nelson (of Liquid Imagery) taking this cracking photo of Scotty and shared it on his Instagram account.

But Adam Scott wasn’t the only Australian golfer taking on the big surf.

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Melbourne golfer makes two holes-in-one in the same round: audio

Melbourne golfer makes two holes-in-one in the same round: audio

Euan Evans made two aces during his round at Royal Melbourne East on Saturday.

No slouch with the golf clubs, 72-year-old Euan Evans plays off a handicap of six, has played pennant golf for RMGC and has previously made four aces.

Golf Australia has reported that on Saturday, Evans added two more aces to his belt.

Saturday’s double-strike were both with a 6-iron on the 13th and 16th holes.

“I was playing a four-ball, and I hit off third (at the 13th),” Evans told Golf Australia.

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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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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Befriending Lost Farm

Befriending Lost Farm

Once found, you’ll never forget golf at Barnbougle Lost Farm. 

The flight to Launceston was uneventful but after a wrong turn on my way to Bridport that led to encounters with every native species of Tasmanian fauna, I realised this would be no ordinary golf weekend away.

I was on my own. My golfing buddy had pulled out of the trip because his twin boys had arrived 10 weeks early*. It is amazing what lengths some people will go to avoid playing golf with me, but to miss playing two of the most hyped golf courses in Australia was unforgivable.

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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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Kangaroo Valley Golf Course: course review

Kangaroo Valley Golf Course: course review

Here is a golf resort without all the bells and whistles, and it’s a refreshing change and one worthy of a visit.

Kangaroo Valley Golf Course had been on my list of golf courses to play for quite some time. It is one of the lesser known courses in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, but I’ve met many golfers who speak very highly of it.

The drive into the resort is a great one.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

2014 Ryder Cup: What you need to know

2014 Ryder Cup: What you need to know

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is our summary on what you need to know ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

One might expect that us Australian golf fans, on the far side of the planet from Scotland, may be fairly neutral when it comes to the biennial showdown between Europe and the United States – The Ryder Cup.

But it wouldn’t be much fun to watch this golf tournament with one cheek on either side of the fence, and I’ve yet to meet anyone who is supporting (or rooting) for one team in preference over the other.

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Jason Day to miss Australian Open due to injury

Jason Day to miss Australian Open due to injury

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

An injury plagued 2014 has meant Jason Day will miss the Australian Open.

After a few weeks of speculation, Jason Day has confirmed he will miss the 2014 Australian Open to be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney in November.

Day has had a rough year with injuries and most recently had to withdraw from the BMW Championship with a back injury. The 26-year-old Queenslander managed to play in the season ending TOUR Championship a few weeks ago but won’t be making the trip to Australia.

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Mark Allen: “I don’t think Adam Scott can win another major with the short putter”

Mark Allen: “I don’t think Adam Scott can win another major with the short putter”

September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Listen to Mark Allen’s comments on Adam Scott’s chances of winning more majors.

Former golf professional and SEN Radio‘s Mark Allen has said he doesn’t think Adam Scott can win another major with the short putter.

Talking with Kevin Bartlett’s on this morning’s Hungry for Sport program, Allen expressed doubts that Scott can win another major when Scott is forced to switch to the short putter in 2016.

“I’m not the only one here; I don’t think Adam Scott can win another major with the short putter, it’s pretty simple,” Allen said.

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The relationship between driving distance and age on the PGA Tour

The relationship between driving distance and age on the PGA Tour

September 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Here is one for the golf geeks out there – driving distance vs golfer age on the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour: Driving Distance and Player Age | FindTheBest

Courtesy of Golf.com comes this interesting plot of average driving distance (2013 – 14) with age of players on the PGA Tour.

While it’s probably not surprising to see a trend towards shorter distances off the tee as golfers get older, it’s fun to take a look at some of the outliers.

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2014 Ryder Cup: Australian TV Times

2014 Ryder Cup: Australian TV Times

September 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

The 2014 Ryder Cup tees of at Gleneagles in Scotland this week and FoxSports has all of the live coverage.

If you’re feeling a little down that your footy team isn’t playing finals this week – help is on the way in the form of the Ryder Cup.

The Europeans are strong favourites to win the 2014 Ryder Cup at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. The US Team are missing some big names (Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson) and most people are expecting team Europe to make it three wins in a row.

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Nicolas Colsaerts smashes longest ever drive on European Tour

Nicolas Colsaerts smashes longest ever drive on European Tour

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nicolas Colsaerts smashed his drive a long way and turned a long par-5 into a short par-4.

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts set the record for the longest ever drive at a European Tour event overnight.

During his opening round over the ISPS HANDA Wales Open at Celtic Manor, Colsaerts hit his drive 447 yards (408 metres) at the par-5 18th hole! The drive meant Colsaerts was left with a gap wedge to the green at the 575-yard closing hole and made an easy eagle.

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