Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth Surges Ahead.

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Jordan Spieth put on a super show to surge ahead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Glendower Golf Club in Hawaii.

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World number one Jordan fired a magical bogey free -9 under par 64 at the par 73 Glendower course in the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the half way point of the competition, to lead by four shots at -16 under par for 36 holes;

“Did I see 16 under? Probably not to start the season.”

“I go from leading by one to leading by four, and that’s huge.”

Second place is shared between three players at -12  under par, Patrick Reed, Fabian Gomez and Kevin Kisner, they were all bogey free today.

Kevin also shone brightly today, with -8 under 65, while Fabian carded -7 under 66 and Patrick, feeling the heat from Jordan could only manage -4 under 69.

Kevin asked after the round what was Jordan at?

“What’s Jordan at? I saw he was at 15.”

“He’ll probably shoot another 15 under, so I better get going tomorrow, the way he plays.”

“We’ll just make a bunch of birdies and see what happens.”

“First tournament of the year, kind of rusty, haven’t played in a while.”

“Seeing where my game is, I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend.”

Danny Lee, from New Zealand holds fifth place on his own at -11 under par, following his second round score of -5 under par 68, which sadly contained three bogey’s.

Rickie Fowler and Steven Bowditch both scored bogey free rounds of -6 under par 67 and were another shot back at -10 under par for the tournament.

Rickie spoke about the easier conditions today;

“It’s a little less windy, so the golf course was a little bit more gettable.”

“I played better today, got the ball closer to the hole, so I had more opportunities at birdie.”

 

Josh Hinojosa. Professional Golfer.

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Professional golfer and owner of  along with contributing to Performance Academy Wilson Advisory Staff, Josh Hinojosa is happy with his White Dragon Putter, sending us this message on Twitter;

“Really starting to get used to the putter and feel comfortable with it. You were 100% correct about the length needing to be shorter, due to being more over the ball. I shortened the shaft this week at the shop and it immediately felt right. Went out today and shot 68 in barely above freezing temps. Very excited for the upcoming season!”

I asked him about the Winn grip:

“I put a smaller standard size Iomic on it, to try a lighter weight because of the shaft. I saved the Winn, using air, and will most likely put it back on. I liked it better for sure. The biggest adjustment for me has been getting used to the lighter shaft, that’s why I tried the standard grip. Snuck in nine holes yesterday and shot 3 under par.”

We wish you all the best for the upcoming season Josh.

 

 

Merry Christmas.

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Wishing all White Dragon customers, and readers of this this Blog, a very Merry Christmas.

I follow and read many golf blogs, all of them good, with many interesting tips and ideas of how to improve your game. One of the best comes from Jim, @thegratefulgolf, he always has an interesting point of view.

Josh Hinojosa has recently taken delivery of a White Dragon Putter. Josh is a Professional Golfer and Owner of  Performance Academy, and is also a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff.Wilson Staff

During my quest for reaching out to those who are looking for something new, I like and follow many Twitter and Facebook accounts, and certainly appreciate all those who follow or like in return. Not properly up to speed with Pinterest yet, but there are some golf pins, and have problems with Instagram, but we are out there on all the social media sites.

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Me and Hole in One Buddy, Tony.

We both achieved a Hole in One on the same day, Tony is actually a neighbor of mine.

Another project that gave me some pleasure this year was publishing my E-Book putting manual, Get in the Hole, and receiving royalty checks from Amazon. Thanks to all those who bought the book, and trust you found something in there to help with your putting performance. Be the best you can be.

As a Christian I always enjoy Christmas, and will be Worship Leader at the 0800 service on Christmas Day. So obviously I will not be drinking on Christmas Eve.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2016, with many new things on the horizon, and building a good relationship with Josh.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and receive everything you desire, and deserve this Christmas, and trust you will enjoy a fabulous 2016.

Pete

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Captain v President Tournament at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

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Captain v President tournament, is the highlight of the men’s golfing program at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, where the 24 qualifiers play “par” for the overall winner. This event is played over the week-end, and the overall winner this year was Brent Hartridge, who to our delight uses a White Dragon Putter.

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Brent Hartridge and winners Cup. On the left is Club Captain Glen Mitchell, with President Paul De Bernardo in the middle.

Congratulations to Brent, who claimed the title of 2015 Capt v President Champion , and with it the coveted Sam Frankpitt Cup, with an inspiring +5 Sunday Par round, we hope he has many more wins in store for next year.

Second place went to Paul Wronski and in third place was Brett Smith, after a hotly contested five-way playoff.

Brett also claimed the top qualifying spot on the Saturday and the Alick Loveridge Salver with the best Nett.

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President Paul De Bernardo, Brett Smith and Club Captain Glenn Mitchell.

Captains team V Presidents team competition, the winning team is awarded the Ido De Bernardo Trophy, and the Presidents Team won again, so Paul gets the trophy which was donated by his father.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Marc Leishman Wins.

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Marc Leishman wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player County Club in Sun City, South Africa.

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A final round -5 under par 67 gave the emotional six shot victory to Marc at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with a -19 under par total. It had been a difficult year for Marc as his wife Audrey got very unwell, and he was unsure of his golfing future, but now everything in the garden is rosy;

“It’s amazing. I’m so happy. It’s not very often you can walk up 18 with a good cushion and enjoy it.”

“I knew it was going to be a really tough day, I knew I had to play well. Henrik’s an awesome player and I knew he’d make me earn it, which he did.”

“I’m really pleased that I could play as well as I did and have a little bit of a buffer there at the end.”

“Golf’s a lot easier when you don’t have to make up lost ground, especially on this golf course where there’s trouble everywhere.”

“I was really happy to not have too many bogeys. I definitely found out where the trouble was in the practice round.”

“I’m pretty happy to have this year over, to be honest.”

“Audrey got very sick and I lost an uncle who I was very close to. This tops off what was otherwise not a great year.”

“Three weeks ago we moved into a new house, so this will help pay for that.”

Henrik Stenson finished in second place, a last round of even par was not what he was looking for, four birdies cancelled out by four bogey’s, finishing way back at -13 under par.

Third place went to Chris Wood, at -9 under par, a last round -4 under par getting him into that spot on his own.

Byeong-hun An, fresh from being crowned the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year finished this tournament at -7 under par in 8th place on his own.

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Byeong-hun An, Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year / Getty Images

Australian PGA Championship. Nathan Holman with Maiden Win.

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Aussie Nathan Holman claimed his maiden professional tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, in a play-off at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

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Nathan, Harold Varner 111 and Dylan Frittelli finished the Australian PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at even par, after four tough windy Rounds in Australia.

Nathan had a +1 over par final round to get to par, Harold  and Dylan were both +3 over par 75.

Nathan made par at the first extra hole, the 466 yard par four 18th to win, after finishing bogey, bogey, to get to the the play-off, when winning outright in the first place looked an easier option;

“It was pretty annoying to almost lose it at the end.”

Zander Lombard was in fourth place, at +1 over, with a last round +4 over par 76, for a +1 over total.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Leishman Leads.

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Marc Leishman leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City after 54 holes of the tournament at the Gary Player Country Club.

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Australian Marc fired the low round of the day, -6 under par 66, to take control of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. He now has a tournament total of -14 under par, and will have a one shot advantage over Henrik Stenson going into the final round tomorrow.

Marc has been in this position before, and knows about the pressure he will get from Henrik, and hopes he does not come up short this time. Good putting was the key today, and he wants that trend to continue tomorrow;

“I saw Henrik was getting away a little bit so I had to try to do something to make it interesting for tomorrow.”

“Hopefully I can have another good round like today and give him a run for his money.”

“I’ll be very relaxed, there’s not too much to stress about. Obviously I really want to win, but it’s golf. I generally sleep well so hopefully I’ll do that tonight, and I’ll try to make some birdies tomorrow.”

“There’s a lot of golf to go and anything can happen.”

“I’ve been in this position a few times in big events so it’s great to draw on that experience.”

“I’ve come up short a couple of times but I’ve won tournaments before and I’m looking forward to having a chance tomorrow.”

 “It was a good day. I got the speed of the greens a lot better today. I’d been missing a lot of putts low all week from hitting them a bit soft, so I fixed that today and managed to hole some putts, which was the main difference.”

Henrik, from Sweden, had another hot day with the putter, sinking some vital ones just to stay in touch. A third round of -2 under 70, for a -13 under par total  keeping Marc in sight.

South African Jaco Van Zyl is keeping the home crowd happy, he is alone in third place at -10 under par, a third round of even par today kind of stalled his momentum.

From the USA, Robert Streb also had a disappointing even par third round, he is stayed at -9 under for the competition.