TOUR NEWS

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

Golfers hit a 1-iron out of a greenside bunker: video

Golfers hit a 1-iron out of a greenside bunker: video

I meant to post this last year – golfers trying to get out of a greenside bunker using a 1-iron, then trying to make the putt with the same club.

It’s the sort of thing we should all be doing during those long evenings on the golf course this summer. Keeping golf fun.

h/t to Eye on Golf

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Gary Player on how to play bunker shots, and more: video

Gary Player on how to play bunker shots, and more: video

The greatest ever bunker player tells us how to play bunker shots. Listen and watch.

Gary Player has released a new DVD titled Gary Player: A Game for Life and there have been a few clips from it released on YouTube.

In his usual, audacious, enthusiastic style, Player takes us through how he used to hit practice bunker shots – using a sand wedge all the way through to a 5-iron.

Player’s comments on bunkers placed well away from the greens are particularly interesting, as his final bunker shot from this clip.

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Minjee Lee’s 5 tips for smart driving: video

Minjee Lee’s 5 tips for smart driving: video

Australian young gun Minjee Lee gives us five great tips for driving the golf ball.

If you had one concern with Australian golf at the moment, you may wonder when the next great Australian female golfer is going to arrive on the scene.

While Karrie Webb is far from done with (and we fully expect her to win at least another couple of majors in the next few years), there hasn’t been any golfer from the next generation who has consistently performed well in the world’s big golf tournaments.

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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

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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Victoria Golf Club: course review

Victoria Golf Club: course review

Is it possible that for a golf course ranked in Australia’s Top-10 and still be underrated? Victoria Golf Course may have been, but after praise from the world’s number one golfer, it won’t be any more.

The 10th hole at Victoria Golf Club

Very few courses in the Melbourne sandbelt region could be deemed underrated, but I can’t help but feel that in the wider golfing community, Victoria Golf Club has been so. It is nearly always ranked in Australia’s Top-10 golf courses but it has often sat in the shadows of the more highly ranked sand belt golf courses that lie only a few kilometres away.

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Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links – Beach Course review

The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links has arguably the best set of per-3’s in Australia.

The first hole at Thirteenth Beach. (Images courtesy of 13thbeach.net)

I wasn’t prepared for my round at The Beach Course at Thirteenth Beach.

Firstly, I’d misjudged the weather. My shorts and t-shirt weren’t appropriate for this chilly, windy day. And secondly, I’d totally underestimated how good this golf course was going to be.

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne – south-west around Port Philip Bay - Thirteenth Beach Golf Links lies on the south coast of the Bellarine Peninsula.

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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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