Australian Masters. The Last Hurrah for the Broomstick Putter?

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56 year-old Peter Senior won the Australian Masters tournament in Melbourne, in what could be the last hurrah for the Broomstick putter.

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Peter shot a final round -3 under par 68 to win the Australian Masters with a -8 under par total.

This could be the last hurrah for the Broomstick putter, which is definitely an advantage in the windy conditions. Being able to anchor yourself to the putting surface, using the putter to lean on, so that the wind has less effect.

Sharing second place  was American amateur Bryson DeChambeau, a final round -4 under par 67 elevating him up the leaderboard, to claim second on his own,  -6 under par was a great result Bryson.

Joining Bryson on that score was John Senden -1 under 70 today, and Andrew Evans with an even par final round.

Tournament favorite Adam Scott had another troubled round, -2 under, to finish at -4 under par, on his own in fifth position. The putter once again his Achilles heel, maybe he was wishing he had stuck with the Broomstick a little longer, (no pun intended) especially in these windy conditions.

You may remember that Adam was -7 under in the first round, and would not have had to do much more to win this tournament. Give us a call Adam, you have nothing to lose.



Australian Masters. Matt Millar Leads

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Matt Millar leads the Australian Masters after the third round at Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

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Matt went round in -3 under par 68 in the third round of the Australian Masters tournament at Huntingdale Golf Club, for a -7 under par total.

Matt won the New Zealand PGA title and has been in the form of his life since;

“It’s been a great year, I always thought this tournament would be my best chance.”

“I’ll probably lay awake all night.”

“It comes down to my own game. It couldn’t be any further away to Adam Scott’s game. I just marvel at what he does.”

“The big goal was to come into these three and to try to win one.  I always thought this would be my best chance.”

“I think I’m going to have to play my best to win it, because no one’s going to hand it back to you.”

” You’ve got guys like John Senden, Pete Senior, he’s won a thousand titles.”

“This is probably a tournament that I’ve wanted to win. in terms of Australian golf for me, I’ve grown up watching it here at Huntingdale and listening to Jack and Sandy doing their thing.”

“There’s something about playing in Melbourne, playing in front of these crowds, playing these wonderful golf courses.  Yeah, it would mean a hell of a lot.” 

In second place is Andrew Evans, a -1 under 70 today, for a -6 under par total.

There are four players tied in third position at -5 under par, veteran Peter Senior, -3 under 68 today, Michael Sim, -3 under 68, John Senden, even par 71 and Matt Guyatt +2 over 73 in the third round.

George McNeill has 7th place to himself at -4 under par, a poor round +2 over 73 knocking back down the table.

The leaders at the start of play today, Adam Scott and Peter Wilson both turned in shockers for the third round. World #12 Adam, the tournament favorite, +6 over 77 today and Peter +9 over 80.

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U.S. Amateur champion, Bryson DeChambeau +1 over 72 today is T11 on -2 under par.

Australian Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Australian Masters tournament after 36 holes at Huntingdale Golf Club. Adam Scott holds on, but is caught by Peter Wilson.

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Adam could only manage a -1 under par 70, following his great round of 64 yesterday, and has been caught at the top of the Australian Masters leaderboard by Peter Wilson, who carded a lovely second round -4 under par 67.

Adam cruised through the front nine with four birdies, but carded  two bogey’s and a double on the back, he said it was a game of two halves;

“It was the tale of two halves today.  A lovely start, played really solid and then a couple loose shots on the back nine and I kind of was grinding to get it in the clubhouse actually. That’s the way it goes.”

“It’s a shame, I felt like I didn’t do too much too bad but the driver kind of cost me three or four shots today.’

” I just couldn’t get it in the fairway and take advantage of the par fives.”

“I just lost my momentum on ten there a little bit.  When you make a double like that, it’s not the end of the world, especially when you’re out in front, but you want to bounce back with a couple birdies quick, and I just found it hard to do that the next few holes.”

Peter is happy to be with Adam tomorrow;

“I’m excited about it.  He’s one of Australia’s best players, yeah,it will be good fun.”

“I’m just trying to plod along and keep it out of trouble.  I enjoy playing here,so, yeah, it’s great that I backed up another good round.”

“Played with Graham McDowell a few years ago at the Heath and played with Vijay Singh the last day at Fiji.”

” They are just human to me.  I don’t get intimidated by anybody.  I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays actually.  I’ve never played with him.”

Alone in third place is Mathew Guyett, a second round -5 under par 66 today has moved him up the leaderboard.

George McNeill, from USA, shares fourth spot with Brett Rumford, George also had -5 under 66, while Brett carded a bogey free -7 under par 64.

George is enjoying his first trip to Aussie;

Everything is great so far.  Obviously playing good golf helps.  Came over here to just; I’ve never been to Australia.  I’ve always wanted to come.”

“Everybody has just spoken super‑highlyof every golf course in the Sandbelt. And Geoff Ogilvy who is a good friend of mine, he’s always talked very highly of it and everything.”

” I’ve looked forward to getting over here and playing some of the golf courses.”




Australian Masters. Scotty Has Dream Start.

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Adam Scott enjoyed a dream start to the Australian Masters tournament, giving himself the first round lead at Huntingdale Golf Club.

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Adam carded an opening round -7 under 64 to sit comfortably on top of the Australian Masters leaderboard. He mentioned that it was a dream start to the tournament;

“It’s a dream start, and hopefully something to build on from here to try and get myself into that position late on Sunday where you want to be contending for the title.”

“I played really solid, so it’s nice to see a little bit of the work I’ve been doing last week and early this week fall into place in a tournament situation.”

“I don’t think I challenged the course very much.  But we had really nice conditions to play this morning.”  

“There was no wind, and weighing everything up, there was no need to challenge it.”

“The greens were still soft and it was right there for the taking this morning.”

Adam confirmed he is now committed to the short putter;

“This time, when I decided to use it, I committed to it.”

“This is what I’m going to do; I’m going to putt like this and work at it and try to be the best putter in the world, like I try to be in every aspect of the game.”

One shot back in second place is Daniel Fox, with his opening effort of -6 under par 65, he said that putting is his strength;

“Putting is the strength of my game.  I’ve been fortunate enough to not completely rely on it.”

” I’ve been hitting the ball well, especially the last three weeks.  I’m not finding myself having to grind as much on the golf course to shoot good numbers.”

” Not that it’s easy, but I seem to be making good decisions and taking good opportunities when they come and happy to make pars otherwise.”

Third place is shared between Peter Wilson, Mathew Stieger and Mathew Goggin, all at -4 under par.

American amateur Bryson DeChambeau is the leading foreign player, T8 at -2 under par.

DP World Tour Championship. First Round Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in DubaiMarcus Fraser, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Andy Sullivan are vying to win the tournament, although none of them can win the European Tour season ending Race to Dubai.

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Poults and his companions all shot a first round -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the  DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in Dubai. Poults  has now dropped out of the World’s top 50, and a win here would give him some satisfaction after a poor season;

“Dropping outside the top 50 isn’t very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.”

“There’s a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else.”

“And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful.”

“So it’s been a long five weeks, and it would be nice to finish strong.”

Andy is only player of the top four who has won a tournament this year, and he enjoyed playing alongside Martin today;

“I think the way I played all year, I think it’s time for me to kick on and really get myself up there in these big events now and really try and press on.” 

“It was just great fun out there today.”

“Me and Martin both played really well, so it was good to have both of us pulling each other along, one get in front of the other, and both finishing six under.”

“But I’m swinging it really well on the range and I just said to myself, I’m the only person that can mess this up.”

“I just thought go out there and enjoy it like I normally do and be mentally good.”

“On the whole, I’m really happy with where we stand.”

Martin always plays well here, and he likes the place;

“We all know this is one of my favourite places where The European Tour goes.”

“It seems like I do well here usually and I’ve had great success in the past, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi winning a tournament or winning The European Tour rankings here in 2010.”

“So for me coming to this part of the world is always a great pleasure.”

Marcus liked the good greens, that helped him sink some putts;

“It was good, I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day.”

“I managed to make a couple of putts , the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it’s going to go in.”

“It’s always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going.”

One shot behind the leaders is Francesco Molinari, at -5 under par, he is followed by a posse of players at -4 under, which included Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy and his nearest challenger Danny Willett.  They are joined on that score by Alejandro Cañizares, Matthew FitzpatrickMiguel Angel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Fabrizio Zanotti and Branden Grace.

Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Club de Golf Mexico, in Mexico City.

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A second consecutive second round of -3 under par 69, put Minjee Lee on top of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard at the end of day 2 in Mexico with a -6 under total. Holing out on a couple of long putts helped her out;

“I just holed a couple 12-15 footers and on the par fives, I was kind of close.”

“There’s nothing different I’m going to do on the golf course, I’m going to stick to my golf and take it one shot at a time. I’m not feeling much different.”

Four ladies share second place, just one shot back at -5 under par; Christina Kim, Sei Young Kim, Angela Stanford and World #2 Inbee Park.

Christina  said her lucky charm was Lorena Ochoa, who came out to watch her play the 12th and 13th holes, she birdied both of them;

“I just needed to go back to what I was doing last year, just enjoying it.”

“What Lorena did, it was so cool cause she came to watch me on holes 12 and 13, and the kids, the brother and the father, and I birdied the holes that they came to watch me so it was really awesome.”

“It’s just everything about this place, the people, the culture, the food. There’s nothing negative you could really say about this tournament. It’s just wonderful.”

Inbee was saved by some good putting;

“Not a great ball striking day today, but I still feel really good about the putter.”

“Just a few bad shots, too many bogeys. I made an eagle and a few birdies but still too many mistakes.”

Entering the weekend at Lorena Ochoa Invitational, there are 10 players within three shots of the lead and 15 players within five, in this field of 36 ladies. There is still everything to play for.

Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Inbee Parks Leads.

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World #2 Inbee Park leads the Lorena Ochoa Invitational after the first round at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City.

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Inbee shot an opening round -4 under par 68 to sit on top the  Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard.

A good birdie putt at the last hole giving her the outright lead on the day, and she does not intend to change things much. She had been worried that lack of practice, due to that finger problem she had, may have affected her play;

“Not too much pressure, just going to play like I did today and do a lot of putts.”

“Definitely the front nine was the way I wanted to perform but the back nine I made a few mistakes, I made three bogeys and it could’ve been only one or two so.”

“I was a little bit worried about not practicing for a few days, but I had a good day today especially the front nine.”

“It was a good putting day. Obviously on the back nine I could’ve shot a little bit better but I  have three more days to go and I just got to work on my ball striking, I had a couple of bad shots at the back nine that I’d really like to fix.”

“I made some birdies today, so hopefully I could get rid of those mistakes tomorrow and the next few days.”

Angela Stanford, Suzann Pettersen and Minjee Lee are tied in second place at -3 under par following their first rounds of 69.

Suzann was happy to be back in contention;

“It’s just nice to be back in contention and kind of be back where I should be.”

“I should be in contention every week when I feel my game is there. Asia was a good stretch there to give me some confidence and try to finish out strong next weeks.”

Angela was happy to be playing well at this tournament again;

“I think a lot of times when maybe you are not having the year you want if you can get into a playoff, um, obviously everybody wants to win, but I took a lot from that.”

“So, it kind of helped me boost my confidence a little bit. Then it was nice to play well here again.”

Minjee took last week off, and is ready to go;

“I think I really needed that week off from when I was in Asia.”

 “So, yeah, I was well rested and I came in yesterday and did my practice and I was ready to go.”

Pernilla Lindberg, Mariajo Uribe, Jaye Marie Green, Sydnee Michaels, Azahara Munoz, Gaby Lopez (a), and So Yeon Ryu  are all tied for fifth place at -1 under-par, with rounds of 71.