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.

RACV Ladies Masters. Su Oh and Annie Choi Share Lead.

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Two teenagers, Sue Oh and Annie Choi share the first round lead at the RACV Ladies Masters at the Royal Pines golf course on the Gold Coast in Australia.

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Su and Annie -4 under par 69 on the Royal Pines golf course to lead the RACV Ladies Masters by just one stroke on the opening day.

18 year-old Australian amateur Su reported that she started slowly and then got into gear on the back nine;

“You know, I got off to a really slow start, I was one over after 9 and then it all kind of unfolded at the end. I’m happy with the finish.”

“I think this is my fourth time to the Australian Masters and I’m feeling pretty good. I feel quite confident to be here and this is kind of where I want to belong if I turn pro.”

Annie was devastated  in 2012 when disqualified, she and her two playing partners from the first round that year were DQed after wrongly taking preferred lies in the sodden rough when misinterpreting advice from a starter.

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19 year-old Annie got her score to -6 under par but unfortunately finished bogey, bogey to drop back into a share of the lead with Su.

Close behind the two leaders are a quartet of players,  Holly Clyburn, Charley HullCaroline Martens and 2009 Champion Katherine Kirk, all at -3 under par.

Katherine arrived without her own equipment, and played her first round with borrowed clubs and clothes, the Airline responsible was un-named, but promised all her stuff would get there for the second round;

“I have been told they’re here.”

“So I’ll be getting the clubs out this afternoon and probably trying to hit a few with those, trying to get re-acquainted with them and the feel.”

“But I was fortunate, I went over to the Palm Meadows yesterday and Leigh and Peter Harrington have a fitting facility and Matt over there helped me out.”

“I think I just had a good day and got lucky I guess. I guessed a few clubs right and very unexpected but I’ll take it.”

Lee-Anne Pace, the highest ranked player this week at No. 29 on the Rolex World Golf Rankings, is at even par and tied for 22nd with Marianne Skarpnord.

Defending champion Cheyenne Woods did not start too well;

“I had two birdies, two bogeys, a lot of pars.”

“I felt like I hit the ball well, I just didn’t make a lot of putts. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll fix that and figure it all out.”

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf. Thomas Tops the leaderboard, Day 2

Thomas Bjorn tops the leaderboard at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, at the end of day 2.

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Thomas carded a second round -3 under par 68, to take sole possession of the top of the leaderboard at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on day two of the tournament at -8 under par. He said he was unhappy with parts of his game, especially the putting;

“There were a couple of things that happened on the golf course today that really tested me, I three-putted the first. I got caught a little bit there. I thought the greens were a lot firmer than they were early on and just got caught a bit there and then I patiently worked my way into the round and played solid.  Maybe not quite as good as yesterday on the front nine but on the back nine I played awesome and just three-putted the green on 15, missed a very short putt there and then obviously the last. If you had asked me when the ball was in the air on the last I would have said you couldn’t have hit a better golf shot, so you have got to take that.  You know, bounces go your way, and bounces go against you on this golf course, and maybe I was a bit unfortunate on the last.” 

“That was obviously disappointing but I played some really, really good stuff on that back nine and I have got to take that with me. I set out this week saying that this is a 72-hole golf tournament and I’m not really wondering about what score I am shooting. When you step on a golf course likes this you have just got to be in awe of playing them because it just goes to show that all these big long golf courses that are being built today, it’s not really needed. This is as tricky as it comes and it’s a fairly short golf course so it’s a pleasure to play and, as I said, it’s fantastic and you are just in awe of it really. I love this place.”

Kevin Streelman is in second place at -7 under par after his second round of -2 under par 69, he parred his last three holes to put  a three shot gap back to Australia’s Jason Day and Portugal’s Ricardo Santos in third at -4 under par.

In the team event Matt Kuchar’s -3 under par 68 took him and Kevin Streelman to -10 under par for the tournament, and puts them on course to retain the title he won in 2011 with Gary Woodland.

Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen, looking to give Denmark a first World Cup victory, are three back after the latter shot a +1 over par 72, and a further four shots back are Australia and Japan.


Talisker Masters. Nick Cullen Leads.

Left hander Nick Cullen lead the Talisker Masters after round one at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Nick had a first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne by two shots. His round included an Eagle two at the short par four, the 11th. He also racked up two bogies, on eight and eighteen.

Adam Scott is tied in second place at -4 under par for the day, he is sharing that score with today’s surprise package, German Maximillian Kieffer.

Adam admitted he had not had much practice since his win at The PGA last week;

“I have not done much practice since last week so I felt I would try and sneak a few balls in before lunch and a 67 round here is a good score. It was a bit of a slow finish but it is a good way to open up. I felt like I left a couple out there but my game was in pretty good shape other than that and four rounds like that might go a long way this week.”

Max, on his first visit to Australia said he was very happy;

“I love it, it is great. I think it is testing every part of your game. The greens are in great condition today if you think about how much rain there was. My expectations were very low because it is 10 hours’ time difference. It is quite a lot and obviously the preparation was not how it should be but I think it is a good learning experience.”

All of Golf welcomed Jarrod Lyle’s return to inside the ropes, and his appearance bought a tear to the eye of many. Jarrod himself was fighting off tears as he struck his first golf ball in competition in over 20 months. He was accompanied on his round by his wife  Briony and daughter Lusi. He finished the day with a +1 over par 72 first round, a very respectable effort in the circumstances.

Incidentally Taliskers is one of my favorite drops of Scotch.

US PGA, TW World Challenge, G-Mac attack


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Graeme McDowell, G-Mac, attacked the Tiger Woods World Challenge with a super second round of  -6 under par 66 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks in California, at the Tiger Woods World Challenge which is presented by Northwestern Mutual. Graeme  has managed to do a lot of things right this year without actually winning,  but he has created one last chance to fix that right  here after taking a three-shot lead going into the weekend. Just before he was escorted away for a drugs test, Graeme had time to say;

“A good day’s work. I would love to compete and play well this weekend, really to kind of put a little icing on what’s been a mediocre year, despite the fact that I feel like I’ve played some decent golf this year. I really don’t have a lot to show for myself, and this would be a nice way to finish. It’s just been a golf course that’s always fit my eye, great backdrops, nice undulations. It’s just a fun course to play. I just always have fun here. And you know, I think I’m always in a fairly relaxed mood here because I’m off the back of five weeks on the road, and I’m very glad to be back on U. S. soil, you know, which is kind of home soil for me nowadays.”

Graeme intends to take a couple of months off after this tournament, and when asked what he would do with his spare time, he replied;

Try and stay out of the bar as much as possible. December will be very much recharging and relaxing and moving into my new house in Orlando and spending some time with friends and family. And January will be detoxing and practicing and getting ready to do it all again.”

Tied for second place at -6 under par for the two rounds, are Bo Van Pelt, Jim Furyk and Keegan Bradley with Tiger another shot back at -5 under par.

Tournament Host Tiger Woods felt he had played some of his best gold;

“I had a decent warm-up session, but the work I did last night was some of the best I’ve hit the golf ball all year. I just had to come out here and trust it, and when I did, I got into a nice little run there. I just need to do that all 36 holes on the weekend.”

First round leader Nick Watney, who had a 67 on Thursday, fell apart late in his second round, leaving him five shots off the top of the leaderboard;

Just a terrible way to finish, but we’re only halfway through, so we’ll see if we can make a charge at those guys in the morning.”

Propping everyone else up at the bottom of the table is Aussie Jason Day, perhaps Jason had his mind on the cricket,  South Africa had dismissed Australia for just 163 runs at the WACA Ground.





The McGladrey Classic Round 1

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Bud Cauley shares the lead at the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia, after the opening round, with fellow American Marco Dawson. Both players took advantage of the course to fire in rounds of -8 under par, 62.

Bud has already earned $1.7 million dollars this year and has moved up to position 55 in the World Golf Rankings, all achieved without a win. He hopes this tournament will change the zero in the win column;

”Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. ‘It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of winding down. It would be great to win here.”

Marco Dawson is in a totally different position, this tournament it is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, with Marco way down at No. 216 on the list and with only $62,026 in his 20 tournaments this year. Realistically Marco has to win The McGladrey Classic to avoid a return to Q-school, his year has gone so awry that  he doesn’t even look at the money list anymore.

”I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well. And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”

Boo Weekly is one of three players tied for third place with rounds of  -6 under par 64. Boo has changed to a new thicker putter grip, something that we at White Dragon Golf always recommend, and it has dramatically altered his putting stats, sinking putts from 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet. Boo is currently at 121 on the money list, and is aware of the danger;

“I’m pretty aware of it, The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.  It’s been a long time coming, finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up. It just felt good, started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”

The other two players tied at third with Boo are, England’s Greg Owen and Rod Pampling from Australia.