Queenslander Michael Wright has consolidated his lead at the BetEasy Masters after the second round played at Metropolitan Golf Club today.
Round two wrap courtesy of PGA of Australia
Starting the day tied for the lead, Wright turned in a 4-under 68 to be two shots clear of the field on 9-under the card.
Wright’s love affair of the Metropolitan continued with comfort on the course key to his good performance.
When 16-year-old Ryan Ruffels out-drove Adam Scott, the former Masters champ put him back in his box by making eagle.
If you think the current batch of Australian golfers are doing great things on the world stage, just you wait until the next bunch get a few years older. Among those touted to be the future stars of Australian golf is 16-year-old Victorian Ryan Ruffels – son of former Australian tennis champion Ray Ruffels.
Plenty of celebrities and sponsors were at Metropolitan Golf Club today as part of the BetEasy Australian Masters pro-am event.
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In among the hilarity and wanna-be golfers were several of the professionals getting in some last minute practice ahead of tomorrow’s Australian Masters first round.
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Earlier this week, Shaun Marsh took us through the details on the angle of attack of the golf swing.
Here is a great video comparing the clubhead at the moment of impact between professional and amateur golfers courtesy of the PGA Tour coverage.
From time to time Aussie Golfer will be featuring a number of guest posts from Daniel Marsh at Callaway Golf explaining the technical details associated with the golf swing and correct club fitting.
What is it and why is it important to hit longer drives? The easiest way to explain Angle of Attack is it is the club’s angle of approach into the ball relative to the ground.
For instance if you have a negative attack angle of 3 degrees this means that your club is meeting the ball in a descending blow, decreasing the loft of the driver, decreasing the ball’s launch angle and increasing the rate of backspin on the golf ball.
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.
The first, national PlayGolf Week tees off at golf courses and other public spots all across the country.
It’s a big week for Australian golf. The professionals are assembling at Metropolitain Golf Club for the Australian Masters and down the other end of the spectrum, non-golfers all across the country are being encouraged (by Ricky Ponting) to get out and give golf a go.
After the success in South Australia last year, PlayGolf Week has gone national this year and there has already been a number of launches in some very public places including Rundle Mall, Federation Square and Circular Quay.
Geoff Ogilvy lays down his thoughts, scatter-gun style in the latest issue of Golf Digest.
Geoff Ogilvy pens another piece in the latest Golf Digest magazine that makes interesting reading. Titled ‘The Thinker‘, it’s not a full flowing article but more a collection of his thoughts about the game. His comments on where he gets the most enjoyment from the game that stood out for me.
“Early in the week of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, a few guys who were in the know drove up the road and played North Berwick.
Texan man re-enters Guinness Book of Records for using world’s longest golf club.
It seems like every month someone is making a longer golf club to hit a golf ball and break the world record.
A few months ago it was this guy and now it’s this guy – Michael Furrh from Arlington, Texas. Michael has apparently held the record before – only to lose the prestigious title in 2012.
He is now back into the Guinness Book of Records after hitting this a golf ball with a driver measuring 20-feet 6-inches (6.25 metres) and weighing 52 ounces (~1.4kg).
Mount Lofty is the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges overlooking Adelaide. A nice restaurant and cafe sit on the site and is generally a nice spot to spend a part of the day.
A short drive away is the Mount Lofty Golf Club and as it’s situated in the Adelaide Hills, you’d expect it to be…well, hilly.
Aussie Golfer has played this little track a few times and it’s got a few interesting quirks.
South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is worth a look as a golf holiday destination.
Australia is perhaps the most accessible place in the world to play golf. Not only are there a good number of well priced public courses but if you’re looking for a golf holiday the options are also plentiful.
We’ve played golf in most of the country and over the past few years have become more aware of the wonderful areas to spend a few days with the small white ball.
Lesser known than some of the other sandbelt golf courses, Melbourne’s Southern Golf Club is worth a visit.
It feels ridiculous now but as I wandered towards the first tee of Southern Golf Club last November I fantasised about stumbling into Tiger Woods.
You see Tiger had just played his first round at the Australian Masters that morning and maybe, just maybe he was looking for some quieter surroundings in the sandbelt region of Melbourne to fine tune his game.
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Adam Scott and Boo Weekley were in the media centre today in the lead up to the 2014 BetEasy Australian Masters.
Scott sounds reasonably confident of doing something no one else, not even Greg Norman managed to do before – win three consecutive Australia Masters titles.http://www.aussiegolfer.net/wp-content/uploads/Adam-Scott.mp3
You may know Boo Weekley as that guy who did the crazy horse riding celebration with a golf club at the 2008 Ryder Cup. The outspoken, but very laid-back American is in Australia thanks largely to the invitation from his good friend Steven Bowditch.
Adam Scott arrives at Metropolitan Golf Club as a low odds favourite by the bookies to win the BetEasy Australian Masters that tees off tomorrow morning.
Adam Scott is at low odds to win most Australian golf tournaments he enters since winning the 2013 Masters. His consistency has meant that Australian’s expect him to contend for every tournament he enters – majors included.
Last year, Scott won the Australian PGA Championship, the Australian Masters and came within a shot of the triple-crown after being beaten on the final hole of the Australian Open by Rory McIlroy.
The Streisand Effect is in full swing as Tiger Woods takes issue with a ‘fake’ interview in Golf Digest.
Legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins wrote a parody piece for December’s issue of Golf Digest titled “My (Fake) Interview With Tiger* *Or how it plays out in my mind“.
Tiger Woods didn’t think it was funny though and said so in an article he wrote and was published at The Players Tribune website;
“Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.
There are already some great photos coming from Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne which is hosting this week’s BetEasy Australian Masters.
Adam Scott, Jarrod Lyle, Ricky Ponting, Geoff Ogilvy, Craig Parry have all set foot on the lush, carpet-like fairways of Metropolitan Golf Club to practice ahead of the 2014 Australian Masters, and Michael dodge has taken some great photos.
A stray budgie took a liking to Craig Parry, Jarrod Lyle had some laughs with his daughter on the practise putting green and the meeting of Oliver Goss and Adam Scott was beautifully captured.
Players have begun arriving at Metropolitan Golf club ahead of this week’s BetEasy Australian Masters, but in Geoff Ogilvy’s case he’s been spending a bit of time with family in the lead up to the event.
2014 Australian Masters: Geoff Ogilvy press conference audio http://www.aussiegolfer.net/wp-content/uploads/Geoff-Ogilvy-2.mp3 As always, Ogilvy is worth listening to and we particularly loved his memories of being a course marshall when the tournament used to be held at Huntingdale Golf Club.
USGA hopes new flagstick will eliminate slow play from the golf course.
Last week one of golf’s governing bodies, the USGA held a Pace of Play Symposium and among the things discussed was this innovative flagstick designed to monitor golfer’s pace of play.
In summary, the flagstick contains a sensor that detects when it goes in and out of the hole. This signal is sent via a transmitter to a central computer where course marshalls can monitor the pace of play of all the groups on the golf course.