TOUR NEWS

Ruffels roars in first US PGA Tour start, while Allenby fires caddie mid-round

Ruffels roars in first US PGA Tour start, while Allenby fires caddie mid-round

It’s been a crazy start to the RBC Canadian Open for the Australians with plenty of stories through just the first round.

Ryan Ruffels is playing in his first PGA Tour event courtesy of a sponsors invitation to one of the world’s highest ranked amateurs. The 17-year-old Victorian has returned the favour firing a superb 6-under 66 to be two shots out of the lead.

Ryan Ruffels is the son of tennis great Ray Ruffels and has been widely tipped to become one of Australia’s best golfers.

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Adam Scott to join Jordan Spieth at 2015 Australian Open

Adam Scott to join Jordan Spieth at 2015 Australian Open

Adam Scott commits again to Emirates Australian Open.

Just a day after the announcement that Jordan Spieth will be back to play in the Australian Open comes the great news that Adam Scott will return home to also play in the tournament to be held at The Australian Golf Club, November 26 – 29.

From the Emirates Australian Open official media release:

The Queenslander won the Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club in 2009, eclipsing the field by five shots at the tournament’s only visit to that venue.

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Phil Mickelson’s Road Hole tee shot finishes on hotel balcony: video

Phil Mickelson’s Road Hole tee shot finishes on hotel balcony: video

Phil Mickelson has done what Geoff Ogilvy did – hit his golf ball onto a hotel balcony.

Phil Mickelson’s tee shot on the 17th hole at The Old Course during the final round of the 2015 Open Championship may have been lost a little in the dramatic finish.

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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.< At one point in the day, Feherty made a point of explaining the only two ways shank a chip shot that Steph caught on camera. For those who don’t suffer from the shanks, it is fun viewing. For those who do, then it may be a nice little lesson on what you’re doing wrong.

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A simple, easy golf tip on chipping from Brad Hughes: video

A simple, easy golf tip on chipping from Brad Hughes: video

Two-time Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes tells you how to play a chip shot when you don’t have to loft the golf ball.

Ahead of last week’s Victorian Open, former Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes give us a chipping tip via the Golf Victoria YouTube channel.

It’s a common mistake that (as Hughes mentions) that you see all too often in amateur golf. Players trying to loft the ball with a wedge rather than using the contours of the green to get the ball to the hole using a number of different clubs.

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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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FUN STUFF

11 things you may not know about The Old Course at St Andrews

11 things you may not know about The Old Course at St Andrews

Ahead of this week’s Open Championship, here are a few quirky bits of trivia about The Old Course at St Andrews.

The Open Championship returns to the home of golf this week and in preparation, here are things you may not know about The Old Course at St Andrews which (not surprisingly) has a long and fascinating history.

1. The tee shot on the 17th Road Hole is just a replica of what it used to be Most golf fans know of the famous 17th hole, particularly the blind tee shot that requires a drive over the old train sheds.

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Did Geoff Ogilvy drive his golf ball onto Ian Poulter’s balcony?

Did Geoff Ogilvy drive his golf ball onto Ian Poulter’s balcony?

Geoff Ogilvy is looking the likely culprit behind a stray golf ball landing on Ian Poulter’s balcony.

The practice rounds are under way at St Andrews with golfers fine-tuning their golf games ahead of this week’s 144th Open Championship.

As one would expect, Ian Poulter is a part of the field and earlier he posted a photo to Instagram of a golf ball lying on the balcony of the room he is staying in for the week.

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Check out this amazing backyard bunker – as posted by Luke Donald

Check out this amazing backyard bunker – as posted by Luke Donald

We’re not quite sure of the story behind this one but Luke Donald posted this image to his Instagram account and as far as we can tell, it seems legit.

Donald is in St Andrews for this week’s 2015 Open Championship and if we’re reading between the lines, it’s possibly close to where he is staying for the week, perhaps out his back window.

Someone is really taking their bunker game seriously!

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

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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Course Review: Werribee Park Golf Club

Course Review: Werribee Park Golf Club

Werribee Park has a country golf club feel only 35 minutes from Melbourne.

On a list of great golf courses, Werribee Park Golf Club would not high on the list but it is definitely one worth playing.

The greens are always very true and despite the state of Victoria struggling big time with rain right now, it is in excellent condition.

It has that classic country golf club feel about it. Great members who’ll have a chat upon drifting onto the adjacent fairway, a wonderful club house which sits atop the escarpment which runs through the course, and good yarns that give it some great history.

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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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Jordan Spieth to return to defend Australian Open title

Jordan Spieth to return to defend Australian Open title

July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

US Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth will be coming back to Australia.

Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth has confirmed that he will be back in Australia at the end of the year to defend his Australian Open title.

The Australian Open will again be held at The Australian GC, November 26 – 29 where Spieth produced one of the great final rounds in Australian Open history last year to claim the Stonehaven Cup.

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Zach Johnson survives playoff to win 2015 Open Championship

Zach Johnson survives playoff to win 2015 Open Championship

July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Zach Johnson beat Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff to win his second major.

Zach Johnson has won the 2015 Open Championship after beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff.

Johnson was the first into the clubhouse at 15-under par courtesy of a birdie at the final hole. Australian Marc Leishman had held a two shot lead only moments before but made a bogey on the 16th after his par-saving putt just shaved the hole to find himself back into a share of the lead.

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Jason Day in a tie for lead in packed 2015 Open Championship

Jason Day in a tie for lead in packed 2015 Open Championship

July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A packed leaderboard has four Australians within five shots of the lead going into tomorrow’s final round of the 2015 British Open.

Jason Day fired a bogey-free 5-under 67 at The Old Course at St Andrews to go into the final round of the 2015 Open Championship in a tie for the lead.

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2015 Open Championship: Round 3 video highlights

2015 Open Championship: Round 3 video highlights

July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jason Day is in a tie for the lead going into the final round of the 2015 British Open.

Day finds himself atop the leaderboard along with Louis Oosthuizen and Irish amateur Paul Dunne.

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2015 Open Championship: DJ leads, four Aussies closing in

2015 Open Championship: DJ leads, four Aussies closing in

July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Aussies are closing in after some great golf in round two of the 2015 British Open.

A rain-drenched early morning at St Andrews meant that there was a three hour delay before players eventually took to the course for their second rounds of the 2015 Open Championship.

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Watch the Top 10 moments from The Open Championship

Watch the Top 10 moments from The Open Championship

July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wonderful archive footage of some of the best moments from the British Open.

The Open Championship organisers are putting together some wonderful clips including Nick Faldo reminiscing on his victory at The Open in 1990 and Jack Nicklaus, Nick Flado and Tiger Woods talking about St Andrews.

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