TOUR NEWS

Generous Ko kick-started the Australian Open after-party

Generous Ko kick-started the Australian Open after-party

Lydia Ko was all class after her victory at the Women’s Australian Open last weekend.

Great story from Mark Hayes at Golf Australia today on Lydia Ko’s classy gesture after her win at the Women’s Australian Open.

After Ko’s impressive two-stroke victory at Royal Melbourne on Sunday, Ko reportedly slipped an envelope containing $500 to the club’s assistant general manager to put on the bar for the post-tournament staff party.

Hayes writes that Royal Melbourne’s chief executive was gobsmacked:

Ko wandered up the clubhouse stairs to make her last brief scheduled stop at the champion’s cocktail party, then quietly slipped an envelope containing $500 into the hands of assistant GM Andrea Watson to kickstart the staff’s “after-party”.

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Unknown James Hahn wins a PGA Tour playoff: video

Unknown James Hahn wins a PGA Tour playoff: video

Even after making a PGA Tour event playoff, one golf fan still didn’t know who James Hahn was. 

Like many golf fans, our knowledge of James Hahn is mostly limited to his Gangnam Style dance after a birdie that made headlines a few years ago. But on Sunday, Hahn won his first PGA Tour title, winning the Northern Trust Open at Riviera by beating Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff.

He may be better known after the victory, but after the round Hahn recounted how on young golf fan didn’t know who he was or that he’d even made a playoff.

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Lydia Ko becomes youngest ever winner of Women’s Australian Open

Lydia Ko becomes youngest ever winner of Women’s Australian Open

Lydia Ko plays it tall, cool and smart to win the 2015 Women’s Australian Open.

Lydia Ko has become the youngest ever winner of the Women’s Australian Open when she beat Korean Amy Yang by two strokes at Royal Melbourne today.

Ko was tied for the lead with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn going into the final round. Jutanugarn’s run at the title fell away after three bogey’s in her opening seven holes but the big challenge came from South Korea’s Amy Yang.

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GOLF TIPS

A simple, easy golf tip on chipping from Brad Hughes: video

A simple, easy golf tip on chipping from Brad Hughes: video

Two-time Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes tells you how to play a chip shot when you don’t have to loft the golf ball.

Ahead of last week’s Victorian Open, former Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes give us a chipping tip via the Golf Victoria YouTube channel.

It’s a common mistake that (as Hughes mentions) that you see all too often in amateur golf. Players trying to loft the ball with a wedge rather than using the contours of the green to get the ball to the hole using a number of different clubs.

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Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

Butch Harmon on making those short putts.

A short video from short game guru Butch Harmon on Golf Digest made an impact on me during the week.

Watch and learn. And don’t wish any in over the weekend.

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Bunker shot videos: stance, clubhead and a slice of bacon

Bunker shot videos: stance, clubhead and a slice of bacon

The PGA of Australia have slowly been adding some great instructional videos on their YouTube page and Kurt Stegbauer’s clips on bunker shots are very good.

The first clip deals with stance and correct weight distribution, the second (below) looks at the clubhouse position relative to the golf ball. In the last one, Kurt a very unique (porcine) way of thinking about how to play a bunker shot. We may need another analogy for vegetarian golfers.

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FUN STUFF

Golfer tries bunker shot from his knees, and fails: video

Golfer tries bunker shot from his knees, and fails: video

This unfortunate incident has been doing the rounds of late – to the appreciation of golfers everywhere.

A video posted by @golfgrinders on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:11pm PST

You may recall Tiger Woods playing his miraculous bunker shot from his knees in the 2012 Open Championship. The result, given the circumstances was a very good one. The ball finished on the green and Woods was left unscathed.

The same can’t be said for this poor bloke who gave it his best shot and ended up with a face full of sand.

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In fear of the optimistic golfer

In fear of the optimistic golfer

It’s a refreshing thing to hear optimism on the golf course.

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Inside Golf where Michael Green writes a monthly column.

Many of us weekend hackers are so focussed on the golf shot that finished in the water, the duffed chip shot and the missed putts that we forget about the good shots we played.

Nevermind the double-bogey, what about that great recovery shot to get you back on the fairway?

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Women’s golf team trick shot video

Women’s golf team trick shot video

Golf trick shot videos abound these days but this one has been doing the rounds this week is pretty good.

San Diego State University women’s golf team had some time on their hands and compiled a whole range of golf tricks shots – some yo’ve seen before, some you haven’t. All set to that Mark Ronson track that is everywhere right now.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Southern Golf Club: course review

Southern Golf Club: course review

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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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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Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links has arguably the best set of per-3’s in Australia.

The first hole at Thirteenth Beach. (Images courtesy of 13thbeach.net)

I wasn’t prepared for my round at The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach.

Firstly, I’d misjudged the weather. My shorts and t-shirt weren’t appropriate for this chilly, windy day. And secondly, I’d totally underestimated how good this golf course was going to be.

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne – south-west around Port Philip Bay - Thirteenth Beach Golf Links lies on the south coast of the Bellarine Peninsula.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

Five golf swing tips from Rory McIlroy: Golf Digest

Five golf swing tips from Rory McIlroy: Golf Digest

March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s kick off the week with a few tips from a guy that should know a thing or two about the golf swing.

Ok, so Rory McIlroy didn’t make the cut in his first tournament back on the PGA Tour in 2015, but I keep coming back to these golf tips from the world number one.

The series of golf tips from Rory McIlroy, from a late-2014 issue of Golf Digest come across as quite personable and the tips are clearly written, not to mention hugely important.

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2015 Women’s Australian Open: round 2 video highlights

2015 Women’s Australian Open: round 2 video highlights

February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

After fog delayed play early in the morning, world number one Lydia Ko soon rose to the top of the leaderboard at the 2015 Women’s Australian Open.

After two rounds, Ko is tied for the lead along with Korea’s Ha Na Jang and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn at 6-under par.

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Piercy needs four shots to escape bunkers at the famous 10th hole at Riviera: video

Piercy needs four shots to escape bunkers at the famous 10th hole at Riviera: video

February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scott Piercy found how difficult the great par-4 10th hole is a t Riviera Country Club.

The par-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club in California is one of the most famous short par-4’s in golf. The drivable hole brings with it an alluring chance of birdie but an equally good chance of making bogey, or worse.

As Scott Piercy found out this morning during the opening round of the Northern Trust Open.

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2015 Women’s Australian Open: Round 1 video highlights

2015 Women’s Australian Open: Round 1 video highlights

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A bogey-free opening round sees Korea’s Ilhee leading the Women’s Australian Open.

Korea’s Ilhee Lee leads the Women’s Australian Open after the first round at Royal Melbourne today. Lee’s bogey-free, 5-under round of 68 sees her one shot clear of Thailand-s Arita Jutanugarn.

World number one Lydia Ko has started well and finished the day at 3-under par along with Canada’s Alena Sharp and Korea’s Min Seo Kwak.

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Darren Clarke and Davis Love named 2016 Ryder Cup captains

Darren Clarke and Davis Love named 2016 Ryder Cup captains

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ryder Cup captains have been announced for the match-up in Minnesota in 2016.

Darren Clarke and Davis Love III have been named captain’s of the European and United States teams respectively, for the 2016 Ryder Cup to be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Clarke was odds on to get the captaincy for Europe with only Miguel Jimenez looking like a serious contender. Jimenez said that while he would like the captaincy, he would be doing his best to be a playing part of the European Team.

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2015 Women’s Australian Open: Lydia Ko press conference video

2015 Women’s Australian Open: Lydia Ko press conference video

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

World number one Lydia Ko fronted the media yesterday ahead of the opening round of the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne.

The 17-year-old has been on top of the Rolex World Golf Rankings for only a few weeks but is already talking about retirement. Ko has a very sound head on her shoulders and the full interview makes for fascinating viewing as she chatted to the media about the pressures of being world #1, studying psychology at college and the delay in getting her driver’s license.

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