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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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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

How to play the hybrid chip shot around the greens: video

How to play the hybrid chip shot around the greens: video

In the winter months when the grass is a little light on growth, using the  hybrid golf club around the greens is a very useful shot to play.

Many Australian golf courses tend to have tight lies around the greens rather than the thick rough we see on many American golf courses. In the winter months with low growth or in the drier summer months, playing chip shots from these lies can be a tricky task.

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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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Adam Scott’s golf swing: slow motion video

Adam Scott’s golf swing: slow motion video

I’ve seen this before and I’ll see it again. It’s a thing of beauty.

In the middle of a golf lesson yesterday I was shown a video of Adam Scott’s golf swing in ultra slow motion. It was a little depressing as it’s as close to the perfect golf swing is you’ll ever see – and mine is far from it.

However, it was shown to highlight the Scott’s shoulder turn on his backswing – check out where the logo on the back of his shirt gets to without his swing ever getting past horizontal.

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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

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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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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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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OTHER RECENT POSTS

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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