MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas 

To all my followers, readers, of my blog, and of course to all the golfers out there who are using the

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Hope you all have a great holiday time, and if you are like me you will find some time to play some golf. Every Christmas Day my wife and I play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links, which has hosted 12 New Zealand Open’s.

Wendy is not a great fan of my course, the first reason is the bunkers;

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and the second objection is the true links course fairways;

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But we still manage to have some fun out there, and then go home for traditional Christmas Dinner. It is a bit strange for us because it is summer here and we always think of a white Christmas, and a roaring log fire. Christmas Day we will be in shorts and covered in sun protection cream as Wendy will still beat me on Stableford points in our annual contest, despite all her objections to the course lay-out.

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If you fancy tackling this course, let me know, I will be happy to take you round. It’s summer, come on over and enjoy yourselves.

 

 

Australian PGA Championship. Lefty Greg Chalmers Wins in a Dramatic Play-Off

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After shooting the lowest round of the tournament, a -8 under 64 in the final round today, Greg Chalmers wins his second Australian PGA Championship on the 7th Playoff hole at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.

Three players finished the tournament on -11 under par, Adam Scott, the defending champion, Wade Ormsby and Greg Chalmers. Wade was eliminated early in the play-off, but Greg and Adam fought for seven holes, each time coming down the 18th, before  world number three Adam inexplicably three putted on the 7th play-off hole, leaving Greg Chalmers the easiest of par putts to win the Australian PGA Championship for the second time in his career.

Greg had this to say afterwards;

“At each point I’ve taken something good, and here we are. The PGA is a fantastic organisation”

“Every career has a pathway and mine started right here.”

“I’m very pleased to be the champion.”

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Its Shanshan at the Double in Dubai.

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Shanshan Feng  wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, making it a double victory for her on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

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A last round -2 under par 70 was enough to give Shanshan her second victory at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters with a -19 under par total, a five shot winning margin.

“It’s my second time to win here, and the staff just told me I’m actually one of the two people that has won twice here, and the other one is Annika.  So it makes me like feel really proud of myself.”

“I think if I would get to 22 under, then I didn’t think anybody would catch up.  So I was going for 22, but of course I didn’t.  I still think I did well.”

In second place on her own was Carlota Ciganda, a final round -4 under par 68 giving her a -14 under par total, with Caroline Masson third at -13 under par.

Charley Hull sealed the 2014 ISPS HANDA Order of Merit after tying for fifth place at -10 under par, sharing that finish with Liz Young, Melissa Reid, Nicole Broch Larsen and Malene Jorgensen.

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This €20,000 cheque was enough for Charley to become the youngest winner of the Order of Merit, in just her second year on tour;

“It’s good to win, I didn’t really know coming into this week.”

“Just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes.  I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.”

“I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie.  So it was an interesting front nine.”

” But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee.  I started feeling so much more confident.  Just working on getting a bit more width on my swing.  I definitely feel a lot more confident.”

Amy Boulden capped her first season as a professional on Tour, by winning the Ladies European Tour’s OMEGA Rookie of the Year award.

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Amy was delighted with her win, and her first year on Tour;

“It’s been a really great first season on the Ladies European Tour.”

“It was one of my goals from when I turned pro, to win Rookie of the Year.  I thought it was going to be quite tough this year not having a full card.  I wasn’t sure how many events I was going to be playing in but starting the year well has helped me a lot.”

“It’s a real honour to win and join the prestigious list of former winners, including Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Charley Hull.”

 

Franklin Templeton Shootout. Jason Day and Cameron Tringale Equal Record.

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Jason Day and Cameron Tringale have the lead at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, equaling the tournament record at -17 under par, 55 for the first round at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Tiburòn Golf Club in Florida.

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Jason and Cameron tied the tournament scramble record set by tournament host Greg Norman and Nick Price in 1993 and matched by Peter Jacobsen and John Cook in 1998 and Greg Norman again, with Steve Elkington in 2005.

Cameron explained their tactics;

“The abridged version is, I hit first and then let Jason loose.”

Jason enjoyed reading the putts together;

“Scramble is one of those formats where you have to go at it and shoot lights out.”

“It definitely helps when you have a partner who hits it down the middle all the time and putts great.”

It’s great to be able to read the putt together, really put our minds together, because he’s a great putter. He always has been.”

In second place are the team of Harris English and Matt Kuchar, the defending champions, two shots behind on -15 under par, 57.

Matt was delighted with the team effort, they birdied 14 of their last 15 holes;

“To go 15 is great. To go 17 is quite amazing.”

Harris feels they separated themselves last year in the modified alternate shot round;

“I feel like we can do the same thing as we did last year.”

“Kooch is driving it great right now, so we’re going to kind of lean on that.”

Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer-Jimmy Walker all shot scramble rounds of 59 to be tied in third position on -13 under par.

The teams will play a modified alternate shot Friday, where each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed They will close with a better-ball round Saturday, where each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.

 

 

Hero World Challenge. Spieth Reigns Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth reigns supreme at the Hero Golf Challenge, with a winning margin of ten shots.

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Jordan dominated his competitors, destroyed the Isleworth Golf and Country Club course and easily won the Hero World Challenge. A final round -6 under par 66 gave his wonderful winning total of -26 under par, and a ten shot victory. He has now won back to back tournaments, previously the Australian Open and now Tigers tournament.

Starting with a seven shot lead in the final round Jordan proceeded to card three birdies in four holes and turned the final three hours into a peaceful walk in the Florida sunshine. He said of that front nine;

“It was the most fun I ever had playing nine holes of golf.”

The 10-shot victory was the largest margin of the year in golf, and broke the tournament record of seven shots that host Tiger Woods had in 2007. He was happy to end his year on high note;

“Whether my emotions showed it or not I’m not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close.”

 “This caps off the best golfing year that I’ve ever had. Each year has been a little better than the last. Hope it continues in 2015.”

For the record, Henrik Stenson won the race for second place, ten shots off the pace at -16 under par. He acknowledged that Jordan had his game under control;

“It was a one-horse race, all the rest of us had to do was battle it out for second, really.”

“He was in pretty much full control of every part of his game.”

Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed tied for third, -15 under par. Keegan was also impressed with Jordan’s play;

“The kid is playing great.”

“I wanted to go over there and tackle him and break his putter. No, I love Jordan. I’m happy for him. He was pretty much unbeatable this week.”

Tournament host Tiger Woods finished tied in last place, he too acknowledged the special play of Jordan;

”He’s playing some pretty special golf right now.”

It will be fun to watch Jordan and Rory as they tackle the Majors in 2015, there is some really good golf on the horizon.

 

Hero World Challenge. Jordan Tops, Tiger Flops.

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Jordan Spieth tops the Hero World Challenge, while Tiger Woods flops, in the first round at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida.

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Jordan brought his good form from Australia to the PGA Tour, shooting a first round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard. He won by six shots in Australia last week, and carded five straight birdies starting at #6 here in Florida;

“I’m excited about how last week went and I’m kind of riding the momentum, I’m going to give it my all these last few days.”

“I was 100 percent today, should stay that way the rest of the week.”

Just one shot back of the leader are four guys; Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson, all at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach, when asked, told reporters why he plays so well at the World Challenge;

“There’s something to be said for lowered expectations.”

“I’d have to research that because I really don’t have a good answer for you.”

 

Orlando resident Graeme McDowell is in the group at -4 under par and he has some very good memories of this tournament;

“This event has been very good to me.”

While Jordan is in first place, Tiger Woods finished in last place, returning a +5 over par 77, he was not a happy camper;

“It is surprising that I could hit chips that poorly, I haven’t said that in a long time.”

“One of those days where nothing went my way,”

“It’s very exciting to step up there and hit the drives I hit, especially on the back nine, and start launching it and feel nothing.”

“Today was weird, I didn’t feel like I hit it that bad. My short game was awful. Didn’t make anything.”

“Bad chips, bad putts and a couple of missed shots on the front nine on the wrong side compounded the problem.”

L.E.T. Hero Women’s Indian Open.

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Gwladys Nocera shot an opening round -9 under par 64, on the Par 73 Delhi Golf Club course in India.

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Gwladys has a first round lead of three shots over her nearest rival after her amazing, record breaking -9 under par 64 in the Hero Indian Women’s Open. She and her caddy came well prepared for this years challenge, and the strategy has paid off for her;

“You can be offensive on this course if you want, but the risk is big.”

“I felt like I was playing chess, you place the ball and then when you have the opportunity to hit close to the pin you try your best; all the time. You can be offensive on the shot, but not on the strategy.”

“I think it’s the kind of course that is good to play a couple of times. We brought notes from last year and I played two practice rounds and tried a couple of things. We came up with a plan and we didn’t change it.”

Holly Clyburn and local player Vaishavi Sinha are in second place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 67.

Holly was happy to be back from injury, and playing well;

“It was nice to be back out there and have some birdies and finish six under. It was really solid and I’m happy with how I played today. I’ve had six weeks off and a little set back with an injury, so I just enjoyed it and got on a roll.”

“I played really solid on my first nine, which was the back nine. I should have got the first three in the first three holes but it didn’t happen and I just kept grinding away and made a nice birdie on 13 and then made two nice ones down 17 and 18 and sat on the lip for eagle on 18, so it was nice.”

“I started afresh on the front nine and made a great four down one and followed up with a birdie on two. I settled myself in and made two great ones on four and five. I had a great opportunity on six and it went the other way on me.”

One shot further back, on her own in fourth position is Chloe Leurquin, a round of -4 under par 69 separating her from a bunch of ladies on -3 under par.

Of special note was Indian amateur Amandeep Drall, 21, had a hole in one on the par-3 fifth using a 7-iron and she said:

“It feels amazing to have my second hole in one. A lot of people are still looking for their first.”

And that statement includes me.