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.

Stevie Williams on Lydia, Tiger and Adam.

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On Tuesday night White Dragon Golf attended an evening with the Worlds number one caddie Stevie Williams, at his home club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, the event was also supported by Paper Plus, the premier book shop in Paraparaumu.

One of the first questions he was asked was about the phenomenal rise of New Zealand’s lady wonder Lydia Ko, who currently sits at the top of the Rolex World Rankings.

Leo Barber, the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club asked the question  about Lydia; here is what Stevie had to say;

Affable sports interviewer for this event, Matt Buck, then quizzed Steve about his relationship with Adam Scott. One fact we should all know is that when Steve signs a contract with a player, in that contract there is a clause requiring that the player will come and play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Tiger was brought to the Param golf club to honor that agreement, in 2002, to participate in the New Zealand Open.

Adam Scott will grace our links in the near future, it would be great if that were also a New Zealand Open.

There was a lot of controversy about some of the things Stevie said about his book, Out of the Rough, about his relationship with Tiger Woods, but on the night he was full  of praise for the best golfer in the world;


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CIMB Classic. Justin Picks Up His Maiden Win.

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Justin Thomas picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Justin carded a final round -6 under par 66 to win the CIMB Classic by one shot with a -26 under par total. That  26 strokes under score of 262 is a tournament scoring record.

Justin spoke about the double he carded on the par four 14th, but rallied with birdies on 15, 16 and 17;

“The thing I told myself is that I really didn’t do it because I was nervous.”

 “I felt like I’ve been struggling off those downhill lies and that’s what I’ve been doing, I have been chunking. Unfortunately, I had a big body of water in front of the green.”

“But I just kept telling myself I controlled the tournament before that shot, so I just need to get back in it.”

“I had four more holes to try to make some more birdies and was fortunate enough to do it.”

“It’s a lot harder when you run 20-footers about 5 feet past the hole.”

“Obviously the Masters is a great goal that I’ve had my whole career, too.”

 “But the thing is that I could play my way into the Masters with good play before April, and I only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”

Adam Scott returned to form, finishing in second place at -25 under par for the tournament. A last round -9 under par lifting him up the leaderboard, using the claw grip on a conventional length putter. The anchoring ban is looming on the horizon, and this is the first time Adam has used the claw in a PGA Tour tournament;

“These are important events to start the next year’s PGA TOUR season.”

“Next week is the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions). I would love to get into contention there and try and win.”

“I would like to have a win before the end of the season. So this is a step in the right direction.”

Brendan Steele and Kevin Na finished tied third, both on -24 under par.

Kevin came close here again, and will be back to get that elusive win;

“I’ve got a two and a three, so one is next.”

“But you’ve got to take the positive.”

“I’m playing the best golf of my life. I’ve got another shot at the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions) next week.”


The Presidents Cup. Internationals Bounce Back on Day2

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The Internationals bounced back into contention on day 2 of the Presidents Cup on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club course in South Korea. The overall score is now 5 1/2 to USA and 4 1/2 to the Internationals, after the Friday Four-balls.

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Things started to come together for the International Team when Louis Oosthuizen sunk a cross-country 72 ft putt to win the 8th hole. He and Branden Grace then went on to win the crucial first four-ball match of the day 4 & 3 over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Louis said is was an important moment in the match;

“It was a massive moment-changer.”

“We never let the foot off the accelerator.”

“If you play against guys like Dustin and Jordan, you need to think they are going to make everything all the time, and that was our mind-set.”

Branden said Nick Price had left them in no doubt as to what he wanted from them;

“It was pretty clear for us what (Price) wanted from us.”

“Get a blue number up there, we needed to start strong and get a point and get the team to see that.”

For all the great golf that was played today, one moment of madness stands out, Phil Mickelson was penalized for changing his ball for his second shot into the 7th green. He needed one that would carry further, but it is against the rules of this competition to change balls, but only in the four-balls !!!

Phil’s breach of the “one-ball” rule came along with a “match adjustment” loss of hole, which meant the United States had automatically lost a hole because of the mistake, and Adam Scott / Jason Day carded 4 to Zach Johnson’s 5 which would add on another loss at the seventh.

Phil redeemed himself holing out for a two, from a bunker, 138 yards from the green

Phil admitted he had got it wrong saying;

“I made a mistake.”


Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
4 & 3


Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Rickie Fowler
Jimmy Walker
1 UP


Danny Lee
Sangmoon Bae
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson

Adam Scott
Jason Day

J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
2 UP

Marc Leishman
Steven Bowditch
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
2 & 1


Thongchai Jaidee
Charl Schwartzel