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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

Swing alignment golf tip from Brad Hughes: video

Swing alignment golf tip from Brad Hughes: video

Brad Hughes was one of the best ball strikers in Australian golf. He probably still is.

Brad Hughes was once one of Australia’s best golfers with seven professional titles to his name including two Australian Masters and an Australian PGA title.

Hughes is now considered one of the best teachers of the game and in the video above he gives an interesting golf tip on swing alignment. Especially poignant for those of you who have a slightly open stance.

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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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Johnny Miller and the 9-shot practice drill: golf tip video

Johnny Miller and the 9-shot practice drill: golf tip video

Here is a golf tip ahead of the long weekend from the polarising Johnny Miller.

Love him or hate him, Johnny Miller was one heck of a golfer – as he might say himself. And in keeping with the new research suggesting you should be practising different shots with different clubs on the range (rather than repeating the same shot), this golf tip from Miller is a good one (courtesy of Golf.com).

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FUN STUFF

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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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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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

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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Bonnie Doon Golf Club: course review

Bonnie Doon Golf Club: course review

The first stage of a full course redesign has rejuvenated Bonnie Doon Golf Club.  

Just 20 minutes south of the Sydney CBD, Bonnie Doon Golf Club has always been considered a good golf course. Always in great condition, a round at Bonnie Doon is an enjoyable experience with a fine layout, without any particularly memorable golf holes. For a highly regarded course situated on land that is remarkably similar to Melbourne’s sandbelt, it was a little surprising it wasn’t one of Sydney’s premier courses.

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Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Nestled right at the base of the Blue Mountains, about an hour drive west of Sydney is the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course. This relatively unknown golf course is a little gem.

Redeveloped in 1993, the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course occupies the lowlands of the homestead clubhouse which sits atop the central hill.

It has done so since it was originally built as a residence for the land owners back in 1824 and you can certainly feel the history that the club has managed to maintain ever since.

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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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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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