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

How to shank a chip shot: David Feherty

How to shank a chip shot: David Feherty

Steph Wei of Wei Under Par has written a great piece on her day out with David Feherty and Tiger Woods at a golf day for wounded soldiers.

Tiger reportedly made a point of wanting to turn up and mingled with all golfers during the day. Feherty was his usual irreverent self to everyone and everything, including the dreaded shank.

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3 putting tips from the experts: video

3 putting tips from the experts: video

This Wednesday brings with it good fortune for your putting woes.

Here are four videos we’ve put together each with a tip or more than should help your putting for the weekend ahead. The first is from possibly the most famous golf coach Hank Haney, who gives us a little training drill.

Jason Day tells us about a flaw in his putting and gives us a little tip along the way.

And lastly, here is the person many consider the greatest putting teacher of all time, Dave Stockton, with a hands-on video and numerous insights into the art of putting.

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Putting from off the green: Hank Haney video

Putting from off the green: Hank Haney video

“Your worst putt is always gonna be better than your worst chip”.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while ’cause it says something pretty obvious, but a mistake many golfers make. Particularly mid-to high handicappers.

If you are just off the green with a relatively smooth surface and no obstacles to clear, it is a very wise move to putt the ball. Many golfer’s feel that putting from off the green is succumbing to an easy option, or a work-around to their chipping problems.

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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

Past, present and future of Royal Canberra: golf course review

Past, present and future of Royal Canberra: golf course review

Regularly rated as one of Australia’s finest golf courses, Royal Canberra Golf Club has a fascinating history, and now looks to have an interesting future ahead of it.

Royal Canberra is always rated as one of Australia’s best golf courses and I’d been wanting to walk its fairways like some of the world’s best had, for many years. Arnold Palmer reportedly got out of the car when he arrived for the Dunlop Tournament in 1970 to ask whether he was in Australia or at Augusta National, and Greg Norman fired a 62 to shatter the course record when he played and won the ESP Open in 1988.

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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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Course Review: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Course Review: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Always be cautious playing the back nine first. Despite the club pro suggesting it was a good idea, I still felt strangely awkward about it. Especially not knowing the location of the 9th green.

The back nine is actually a back eight at Wentworth Falls Country Club and as my golf senses told me, there was a foursome coming through and we were told by members to shift out of the way in a fairly unfriendly manner.

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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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