TOUR NEWS

Minjee Lee has taken over as Australia’s best female golfer

Minjee Lee has taken over as Australia’s best female golfer

Webb passes to Lee after glittering 20-year reign as Australian number one

From Golf Australia.

Karrie Webb reigned over Australian women’s golf for 20 years; in a delightful irony, her crown has been lifted – temporarily at the least – by a teenager whom she has mentored.

Minjee Lee (Photo courtesy of Golf Australia)

Golf Australia rookie squad member Minjee Lee, the 19-year-old Perth sensation, overtook the 40-year-old Webb in the official world rankings released in America overnight to become Australia’s number one ranked female golfer.

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Watch Bubba Watson’s golf swing analysed in slow motion

Watch Bubba Watson’s golf swing analysed in slow motion

There is a lot to learn from the seemingly unorthodox golf swing of Bubba Watson.

Bubba Watson won the PGA Tour’s Travellers Championship for a second time on the weekend and while he did, commentators took a slow-motion looks at his golf swing.

Bubba Watson has a two-shot lead and a plethoraof long drives @TravelersChamp. Here’s how he does it. #Quick Hits http://t.co/azxrZuxjvI

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 27, 2015

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Check out Keegan Bradley’s long, jittery pre-shot routine: video

Check out Keegan Bradley’s long, jittery pre-shot routine: video

Keegan Bradley has an awkward, jittery pre-shot routine that must be considered slow play.

Unbelieveable http://t.co/aQK6HrLzRt

— Trent Dwyer (@trentdwyer) June 28, 2015

I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to see this as the original tweet from the PGA Tour has been taken down but for now, the we can still see Keegan Bradley’s incredibly fidgety pre-shot routine.

The video was taken during the second round of the Travelers Championship and shows Keegan Bradley looking very jittery before playing his approach shot.

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GOLF TIPS

Australia’s Annabel Rolley joins Golf Channel: videos

Australia’s Annabel Rolley joins Golf Channel: videos

Australia’s Annabel Rolley hosts The Golf Channel’s new golf tip program.

Unfortunately we aren’t able to view the Golf Channel in Australia but there are plenty of great videos on the website including a new show called Lesson Tee Live which is hosted by Australia’s Annabel Rolley.

Rolley is a golf professional from Brisbane who began working as a trainee professional at Royal Sydney Golf Club before accepting a teaching role at the Trump National Golf Club in New York.

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Jordan Spieth on the pitch and the flop shot: video

Jordan Spieth on the pitch and the flop shot: video

Jordan Spieth takes us through his thoughts when he’s presented with a few different pitch and flop shots.

These videos show Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth giving us his thoughts when he’s faced with a few different pitch shots and the flop shot.

The audio isn’t great but we like how raw and candid this feels, despite it being a sponsored piece from Titleist. Enjoy and learn.

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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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FUN STUFF

Newbie golfers say thanks with a sleeve of Pro V1 golf balls

Newbie golfers say thanks with a sleeve of Pro V1 golf balls

These new (and slow) golfers thank the golfer behind them for being patient with a sleeve of golf balls.

This one has been doing the rounds this week – a golfer posted this image to Reddit along with the following description:

Played behind a couple that was learning, left this for me on the last!

The user elaborated a little more later on saying the course was busy and it would not have made any difference if he was asked to play through or not so he decided to play two balls and just enjoyed the sunny day.

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Nostalgia for the days of the old clubhouse

Nostalgia for the days of the old clubhouse

The club house isn’t quite what it used to be.

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Inside Golf where Michael Green writes a monthly column.

A friend of mine thinks you cannot write a good novel without having read the classics. Roger Federer thinks you can’t really love a sport unless you understand its history and how it has evolved, and I know several golf writers who think all trainee golf professionals should know the history of the game.

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Golfer gets his head caught in a rubbish bin: video

Golfer gets his head caught in a rubbish bin: video

If you’re going to throw away your golf clubs, don’t lose your head in the process.

A golfer got his head stuck in a rubbish bin after a failed bid to throw away his golf clubs.

According to The Telegraph the rare feat was captured on video at a charity golf tournament in Staffordshire. Dave Sayers wanted to throw his clubs away and when they wouldn’t fit, he put his head inside instead.

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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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Past, present and future of Royal Canberra: golf course review

Past, present and future of Royal Canberra: golf course review

Regularly rated as one of Australia’s finest golf courses, Royal Canberra Golf Club has a fascinating history, and now looks to have an interesting future ahead of it.

Royal Canberra is always rated as one of Australia’s best golf courses and I’d been wanting to walk its fairways like some of the world’s best had, for many years. Arnold Palmer reportedly got out of the car when he arrived for the Dunlop Tournament in 1970 to ask whether he was in Australia or at Augusta National, and Greg Norman fired a 62 to shatter the course record when he played and won the ESP Open in 1988.

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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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OTHER RECENT POSTS

Help Aussie Dave defend his ParaLong Drive title

Help Aussie Dave defend his ParaLong Drive title

July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s get Australia’s World Long Drive champion back to the US to defend his title.

The folks over at Grow the Game Central are looking for donations to get Australia’s ParaLong Drive champion back to the US to defend his title in November.

Dave Sawtell won the World Championship Long Drive despite hitting from the seated position and only using one arm. The 180 metre drive won him the title but it wasn’t as long as his Australian long-drive record of 191 metres.

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Is this the most accurate yardage chart ever?

Is this the most accurate yardage chart ever?

June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ever made your own yardage chart? Was it as accurate or as honest as this one?

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This has been getting some traction on Reddit last week and it’s possibly the most accurate yardage chart ever.

Making your own yardage chart is not a bad way to work out which club you should be playing, particularly for new golfers. The very act of making one ensures a lot of practice.

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US Open battles recreated as Hollywood posters

US Open battles recreated as Hollywood posters

June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

From the makers of that Games of Thrones golf image, come a bunch of golf movie posters.

Commemorating some of the great battles at the US Open, UK’s Direct Golf have put together a bunch of Hollywood-style movie posters including Tiger Woods’ famous 2008 victory, Tony Jacklin’s unexpected victory in 1970 and Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell’s wins in 2010 and 2011 done in the style of Mad Max.

One wonders what they might make of Jordan Spieth’s dramatic 2015 victory.

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Australian PGA Championship is now part of European Tour

Australian PGA Championship is now part of European Tour

June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Australia’s oldest and most prestigious golf tournament today announce a historic co-sanctioning agreement with the European Tour.

There have been rumours for some time that the European Tour was looking to connect more closely with some of the more well established Australian golf tournaments and today those rumours have proven to be true with the announcement they will be co-sanctioning the Australian PGA Championship.

PGA of Australia Chief Executive Brian Thorburn with the Kirkwood Cup, Source: PGA of Australia.

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Jordan Spieth wins 2015 US Open after dramatic, heartbreaking finish

Jordan Spieth wins 2015 US Open after dramatic, heartbreaking finish

June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dustin Johnson has three-putted the final hole to hand Jordan Spieth the 2015 US Open.

Jordan Spieth is on track for a grand slam after he added the 2015 US Open to go with his Masters victory, in the process he became the youngest US Open winner in 92 years.

The victory came in dramatic circumstances that saw the Masters champion fighting it out with South African Branden Grace, Luis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson.

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2015 US Open: Gary Player went on an epic rant about Chambers Bay

2015 US Open: Gary Player went on an epic rant about Chambers Bay

June 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gary Player is clearly not a fan of Chambers Bay.

When the Golf Channel begun their interview with Gary Player with “Good morning, Mr. Player, how are you?”, I don;’t think they were quite expecting what he was going to say next.

“This has been the most unpleasant golf tournament that I’ve seen in my life,” Players said.

For the record, I think he’s spot on about the golf ball going too far and there is a gigantic, belated need to roll it back so it doesn’t travel as far with modern technology.

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