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.

Kiwi Mark Brown Wins a Place in The Open

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Kiwi Mark Brown shot a course-record 62 on Wednesday to win the Australasian regional qualifying tournament for The Open at Muirfield in July this year.

Mark finished the two-round International Final Qualifying tournament at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club at -10 under par, capturing one of three qualifying places available to the 72-strong field. Australian Steven Jeffress finished at -9 under par after a second round of 67 and compatriot Stephen Dartnall shot second round 69 to both finish at -8 under par and to claim the other two qualifying spots.

An Eagle and eight birdies in Mark’s round on Wednesday helped him to beat Ian Poulter’s course record of 64 set at the 2012 Australian Masters.

Mark said he knew early on that it was a serious round;

” Yesterday I was a fair way back, so today I wasn’t really thinking about it too much,  I just went out and tried to enjoy it. I made six birdies in the first nine, then it got serious and it wasn’t so much fun anymore,  but it’s massive. I love this place and I played well here in November. I’ve got so much respect for the place, it’s quite a thrill to hold the course record. If there’s one major you want to play for me, this would be it. I hope it’s a big thrill, it’s not every major New Zealand has someone playing. I hope we get another couple in, Cambo and maybe someone else through qualifiers.”

 Steven Jeffress  at 37 years of age will tee it up in his first Major championship thanks to a composed round, Steven said he was impressed with his achievement;

“It’s pretty impressive, it probably hasn’t even sunk in yet, it’s going to be great, it’s going to be unbelievable. I had a number that I wanted to get to, 10-under. I thought if I get to that then it’s going to be competitive. I had 2-under around the front nine and then I parred through to 15 which I was pretty frustrated at. I said to my caddy that we have to do something here because only the top-3 get in and then I birdied 15 and 16.”

Stephen Dartnell had two solid rounds, and is was good enough to get him qualified;

“I started off a bit scratchy actually, I was 1-over after six then made a few birdies and just played solid from there on in. It wasn’t quite as good as yesterday but it was enough, I guess. I have never played a major before so will be a good learning experience, to go there and obviously try and play well.”

The Australasian tournament is one of a series of regional events on five continents that give players a chance to qualify for The Open Championship at Muirfield from July 18 to 21.

Australian Masters, Mathew Guyatt the surprising leader after 1st Round



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Mathew Guyatt is the surprising first round leader of the Australian Masters tournament at the conclusion of play on day one. Mathew, from Queensland,  upstaged his more fancied rivals to claim the outright lead by two shots from the big names chasing him down, by firing a superb -7 under par, 65. Another Aussie, Adam Scott , Ian Poulter from England and New Zealand’s Michael Hendry are the players who are just two shots in arrears of  the 57 year-old Mathew on the par 72 Kingston Heath Golf Club lay-out. Naturally t he score board is full of Australians, out of the top forty places there is only one Englishman, Poulter, Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland, three Kiwi’s and a Frenchman, Victor Riu, to interrupt the flow of Aussie flags on the board.

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There are a whole host of players tied in fifth place at -4 under par, which includes the Aussie amateur Jake Higginbottom and Kalem Richardson who is in his first full year as a professional has rarely been near the top of the leaderboard before, but is hoping for better things to come. Kalem said of his start to this tournament;

“I set my goals pretty high and my goals are always towards the end of the week now, I know I can start tournaments well. Now it is all about putting four rounds together, I’m ahead of where I thought I would be sitting after the first round and I hope I keep playing well. I’ve played around here a fair few times, so that was really helpful. The front nine I was just hitting it really well and on the back nine I made some more putts, I’m feeling pretty good about my game.”

Kalem will have a tough task on his hands if he is to win here, with the likes of Adam Scott and the inform Ian Poulter keen to add another victory to their bulging CV”s.




Ian Poulter wins Australian Masters

Ian Poulter won the Australian Masters with a score of -15. he eagled the first hole for draw level with Geoff Ogilvy and never really looked back. Three shots back was the Aussie Marcus Fraser on -12. Ian had to battle some pretty fierce winds on the back nine, but managed to survive a hiccup on the 17th due in part to an errant tee shot into a bunker. He escaped the bunker to find the fairway and then managed to go through the green with his approach shot, leading to a bogie.

World number one Luke Donald showed some flashes of golf you would associate with that rank of player, but four bogies in five holes put paid to his charge up the leader board.