TOUR NEWS

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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2015 Women’s Australian Open: round 2 video highlights

2015 Women’s Australian Open: round 2 video highlights

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

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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GOLF TIPS

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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The chip and run: golf tip video

The chip and run: golf tip video

Summer will bring with it faster, harder greens. Time to master the chip-and-run shot.

Bonnie Doon Golf Club‘s head professional Lorien Scott has been making a series of golf tip videos covering both the short and long game. I particularly liked this one dealing with the chip and run shot as I’ve seen both high and low handicappers struggle with this shot over and over.

With summer almost here and a trip to Barnbougle Dunes on the cards for early next year, we’re all taking close notes on this tip from Lorien.

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Adam Scott explains how to play a bunker shot: video

Adam Scott explains how to play a bunker shot: video

If you love your golf instruction videos to come with a bit of background music, this could be your thing.

Adam Scott (in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz) made a series of golf master classes prior to this year’s Masters Tournament. Here he is explaining how to get out of a bunker.

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FUN STUFF

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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Australia’s best online golf stores: The 2015 list

Australia’s best online golf stores: The 2015 list

New and updated; the 2015 list of the best places to buy golf gear online in Australia.

Golfers are crazy for the latest golf gear and are fervent in their search for the latest driver, new irons, golf balls or golf clothing. There are now more options than ever to buy from Australian online golf stores – some offering great daily deals and free delivery. But with them have come a stack of dodgy online sellers offering fake golf equipment.

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Glenn Maxwell and Minjee Lee hit the driving range: Women’s Australian Open video

Glenn Maxwell and Minjee Lee hit the driving range: Women’s Australian Open video

Ahead of this week’s Australian Women’s Open, Minjee Lee and Glenn Maxwell smashed a few golf balls at Royal Melbourne.

We bumped into Glenn “The Big Show” Maxwell while watching Australian Amateur Championship at The Australian Golf Club a few weeks ago. Maxwell’s enthusiasm for golf was incredible and it was obvious he was a golf tragic.

Despite him telling us he didn’t have a driver in the bag at the time (and wasn’t really required), Maxwell took some time out of his busy Cricket World Cup schedule to duel it out with Minjee Lee ahead of this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

After a tough opening 10 years ago, The Links Shell Cove is now a much more enjoyable place to play golf.

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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Jandles, judder bars and Jack’s Point: golf course review

Jandles, judder bars and Jack’s Point: golf course review

Golf course review of Jack’s Point Golf Course, Queenstown, New Zealand

I made two big mistakes before teeing off at Jack’s Point golf course in New Zealand. And I blame the scenery.

This golf course is dwarfed by stunning snow capped peaks and bordered by Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. Concentrating on simple tasks, let alone play golf is not simple here.

I had heard whispers about this golf course. It was only very new but Jack’s Point had recently been ranked number six in the top golf courses of New Zealand.

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Course Review: The Vintage, NSW

Course Review: The Vintage, NSW

There was plenty to look forward to on a weekend in late November last year with a few mates meeting up in the Hunter Valley. One of the highlights was the game of golf at the Greg Norman designed Vintage Golf Course. Service in the pro shop and club house wasn’t bad for the money paid (think it was about $110 but always remember to try golflink or iseekgolf for cheaper deals).

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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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2015 Women’s Australian Open: Who can win?

2015 Women’s Australian Open: Who can win?

February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

With such a great field at Royal Melbourne for the 2015 ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open this week, picking a winner is no easy task. 

This week’s 2015 ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open has one of the best fields in Australian golf tournament history. Four of the world’s top-10 golfers will be vying to win the Patricia Bridges Bowl at Royal Melbourne; world number one Lydia Ko, China’s Shanshan Feng (#4), Korea’s So Yeon Ryu (#7), and defending champion Karrie Webb (#9).

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2015 Women’s Australian Open: TV Times and Live Stream Schedule

2015 Women’s Australian Open: TV Times and Live Stream Schedule

February 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

ABC TV will be live broadcasting from the 2015 ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open golf this week from Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

This week’s ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open tournament features the best field of the Australian summer and one of the deepest fields of any Australian golf tournament for many years.

New Zealand golf sensation and world number one Lydia Ko will be aiming to take her first Australian Open trophy home while Australia’s best-ever golfer Karrie Webb is looking to win for a sixth time.

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The evolution of Tiger Woods’ golf swing: video

The evolution of Tiger Woods’ golf swing: video

February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Is Tiger Woods’ golf swing heading back in the right direction?

Here is CBS’ Peter Kostis comparing the golf swing of Tiger Woods in 2000, 2007, 2013 and today. It all ends positively on a positive note as it appears he’s slowly moving back to a similar swing to the one he had in 2000.

Now about that chipping…

Thanks to Kyle Porter at Eye on Golf for this one.

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