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

The golf swing of Rory McIlroy

The golf swing of Rory McIlroy

The golf swing of Rory McIlroy is worth seeing again. And again.

I included a video Rory McIlroy’s swing in Monday’s article on Rory McIlroy’s rise to the top of the world golf rankings, but I thought I’d highlight it again.

It is not often that I (or anyone for that matter) agree with Johnny Miller, but he takes us through Rory McIlroy’s phenomenal golf swing in two videos here, and it is hard to disagree with him.

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Comparing amateur and pro golfers at impact: super slo-mo video

Comparing amateur and pro golfers at impact: super slo-mo video

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.

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Golf Tip: Aim at something

Golf Tip: Aim at something

Occasionally Aussie Golfer comes across a swing tip that applies to all golfers.

It was passed on to me during a lesson and is incredibly obvious but is something very few golfers apply to their game on a regular basis. Before every golf shot, aim at something. Don’t aim at a particular area but a particular spot.

Not just any old spot either, make sure it’s a tree in the distance, a stick behind the green or a spot in front of the hole.

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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

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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Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

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.

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Byron Bay Golf Club: course review

Byron Bay Golf Club: course review

“You might get the prize for the worst score”.

I’d just signed my card at the end of the round when my marker said this to me. A silver lining is probably what he had in mind and it did the trick. In fact, despite the golf, I’d just had a fantastic day at Byron Bay Golf Club.

Byron Bay has a reputation for hippies and a laid back lifestyle most city slickers only dream about on the bus to work.

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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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