Australian PGA Championship. Lefty Greg Chalmers Wins in a Dramatic Play-Off

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After shooting the lowest round of the tournament, a -8 under 64 in the final round today, Greg Chalmers wins his second Australian PGA Championship on the 7th Playoff hole at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.

Three players finished the tournament on -11 under par, Adam Scott, the defending champion, Wade Ormsby and Greg Chalmers. Wade was eliminated early in the play-off, but Greg and Adam fought for seven holes, each time coming down the 18th, before  world number three Adam inexplicably three putted on the 7th play-off hole, leaving Greg Chalmers the easiest of par putts to win the Australian PGA Championship for the second time in his career.

Greg had this to say afterwards;

“At each point I’ve taken something good, and here we are. The PGA is a fantastic organisation”

“Every career has a pathway and mine started right here.”

“I’m very pleased to be the champion.”

Australian PGA Championship. Great Scott It’s Adam.

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Adam Scott had a great last round to win the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Golf Course.

Adam Scott celebrates victory at Royal Pines

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Adam cruised to a -4 under par 67 final round, and a tournament total of -14 under par, in the end a comprehensive four shot victory. The lightning storm delay did not deter him one bit. He said he was delighted to win the coveted trophy;

“This is the one I desperately wanted, it’s the icing on an incredible year. To come home and play in front of my Queensland family meant a lot. I’ve had a great week. This one is for my family, especially  my dad (Phil) who is a PGA member.”

Second place went to Rickie Fowler, he was -3 under par 68 today, giving him his -10 under par total on the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Royal Pines Golf Course.

Rickie got to blow the horn, suspending play becausse of the storm brewing, he seemed to like the job.

Rickie blowing the horn / Carley

Jack Wilson finished alone in third place, he also had a last round of -3 under par 68, which gave him a total score of -8 under par.


Australian PGA Championship. Adam Advances In Round Three.

Adam Scott advances in the Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Royal Pines Golf Course, to lead the tournament after a windy third round.

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Adam managed an even par round of 71 to stay at -10 under par on the very windy Royal Pines Golf Course on Saturday, and holds a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Adam admitted it was a tough day, for everyone;

“I think it was a grind for everyone, I didn’t see too many good scores out there. I just tried to play a little better on the back nine, and took advantage of the par fives. Later in the day when the wind picks up, it’s a bit of a luck of the draw coming into the greens low and at slow speed. I’ve improved my spot just slightly. I would have taken that score at this stage of the tournament.”

Rickie Fowler and David McKenzie were tied for second spot at -7 under par for the tournament. Rickie had an even par 71, and will play alongside Adam in the final twosome Sunday. David struggled a bit and shot a +1 over par 72.

Rickie would love to play from the fairways tomorrow, after struggling today off the tee;

“Tomorrow, I’d like to play on the fairways a little bit more, I haven’t been able to get the balls as close as I’d like. If the breeze stays up, it will be tough. The fairways aren’t too generous, but I’m looking forward to play with Adam, he’s a great guy and fun to play with.”

Australian PGA Championship. Rickie Roars Into The Lead.

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American Rickie Fowler roars into the lead at the first round of the Australian PGA Championship at the tournaments new venue,  Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Royal Pines Resort course, on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Rickie Fowler: Set the early pace at the Australian PGA

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Rickie  shot a flawless sizzling -8 under par opening round of 63 to take the first day honors in the 2013 Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

Rickie was best pleased with his putting, and having his family with him;

“Any time you have eight under you’re going to take it, it was a bit slow on the front nine. I had 22 or 23 putts and rolled it well which was nice. It is fun to have them all out here with me, it’s like a family vacation. My mum and sister help keep me in line. It’s not just about winning golf tournaments, I see myself as being in a position to help grow the game. I have some influence with the younger generation, kids look up to me.”

There are three players just two sots adrift of the leader at -6 under par, an all Aussie challenge of  Mathew Ballard, David McKenzie and everybody’s favorite for this title, Masters Champion, Adam Scott, the trio all had excellent opening rounds of 65.

Adam admitted it was not his best display today;

“It wasn’t the most exciting round to watch, I was just plugging away. I was pretty nervous on the first tour actually. I haven’t been that nervous on the first tee for a while. It was a bit of a driving display. Rickie has put himself in a great position to have a run at this tournament, he’s a world class player.”

Another Aussie is alone at -5 under par, Nathan Green, who played in the same group as Adam.

Can Rickie hold on to his lead tomorrow, or will Adam close the gap, whatever happens you know it will be great golf.

End of Season Spats, for Rory and Tiger

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World number one Rory McIlroy / Stephen Hindley, AP

End of season spats involving Rory McIlroy and also Tiger Woods.

Rory is being sued by Oakley, for breach of contract, according to a law suit filed last week in Federal Court at Santa Ana California.  Oakley had tried to use it’s ” Right of first refusal” to counter the reportedly $200 Million offer from Nike. Apparently Rory and his agent Conor Ridge decided to ignore the counter offer, thereby breaching the Oakley-McIlroy contract. Oakley were upset that a new $300,00 advertising campaign which Rory was to have endorsed for 2013, has been wasted.

Rory’;s management company Horizon Sports Management have stated that;

“McIlroy has fulfilled all of his obligations to Oakley, and the claims in the lawsuit are entirely baseless.”

I have to admit that I would be upset at having wasted that kind of money on a new campaign, but I am sure a lawsuit is going to cost a lot more, they must be feeling pretty confident. I have just purchased a set of Oakley sunglasses for golf, etched on the lens is Dragon Golf, a small advert for my company, wonder if Rory will still be wearing Oakley sunny’s.

Tiger Woods at the 2012 BMW Championship

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The spat involving Tiger Woods is a little more baffling, especially as Tiger himself has not been involved personally, although he has been personally vilified. The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, owner of the  Palmer Coolum Resort golf course, that has been the host of recent Australian PGA Championship events has verbally put down Tiger. His rant is recorded thus;

“Tiger Woods isn’t the No. 1 golfer in the world anymore, we don’t want to look backwards; we want to look forwards. So why would we get Tiger Woods here? I would prefer to have this year’s winner Peter Senior, than Tiger Woods. I am sure Peter Senior could beat Tiger Woods on a good day. I am sure he could. Tiger Woods has improved a lot, but he’s an emotional wreck, and he’s not a good example for kids, anyway.”

He may be a billionaire, but with that kind of thinking it is easy to see why The Australian PGA are proposing to move their tournament to another course, after the new negotiations for next years tournament broke down. Actually I always thought the Coolum Resort was owned by Arnold Palmer, bet most people would have preferred Arnie to run the place.

Palmer himself reckons that the Aussie PGA will go back to the Coolum Resort, citing he has lined up Rory to play in next years event;

” If you rang him now, he would probably tell you unless it’s at Palmer Coolum Resort, I won’t come. We can be sure he won’t come if it goes somewhere else. If it stays here, there is a chance he might come here. We had Darren Clarke and Bubba Watson.”

I hope Rory has not signed anything yet, last thing he needs would be another lawsuit dropping on his doorstep if he decided not to travel to Australia. Of course Tiger Woods has never entered the Australian PGA Championship, and probably never will.

Australian PGA Championship, Popovic Prevails.

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Daniel Popovic prevailed at the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday at the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course, to win by four shots after beginning the last round with a two shot advantage. Daniel  kept his emotions in check to par the last hole for a closing 69 to finish the tournament at 16-under par and claim his first professional victory. A delighted Daniel said;

“I can’t believe this has happened. I really just can’t believe it”

Anthony Brown finished in a tie for second on -12 under par along with Rod Pampling. Tied in fourth place was Geoff Ogilvy and Brad Kennedy at -11 under par. Big talking Peter Senior failed to match his arrogant rhetoric before the final round, falling to a +5 over par round of 77. No big winds to give him an advantage this week, with his broomstick putter. That should give the R&A and the U.S.G.A  something to ponder over before announcing their anchoring decision.

Congratulations to Daniel, I hope this win will be the first of many more.

Australian PGA Championship, Daniel Popovic has 2 point lead for Final Round

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Young gun Daniel Popovic has a two point lead going into Sunday’s final round of the Australian PGA Championship at the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course. Daniel carded a -3 under par 69,  for tournament total of -13 under par, in calm conditions on Saturday to lead fellow Victorian Anthony Brown by two shots, and is confident he’s got the game to hold off an experienced chasing pack and claim his first Australian PGA Championship.

” I knew that I had it in me and I still know that I have one more good round tomorrow in me. I’ve just got to keep my routine going , what I have been doing has been working this week and tonight is going to be exactly the same and so is tomorrow morning in my warm up. I’ve been in pressure situations before, like say Q-School which is for me almost the most pressure that you have for the year because it determines where and how many tournaments you are going to play. It does surprise me in a way that I did handle it so well today without sort of having my A-game, but I am going to walk away from here thinking this can be done tomorrow and I’m going to give it a fair crack. It’s going to be an incredible ride for the whole family I think, tomorrow for myself, my mum and my dad is going to be huge.”

Daniel said he was excited to playing alongside another Australian legend on Sunday,Peter Senior,after playing with Geoff Ogilvey on moving day.  In the final group will be Anthony Brown who is two shots back at -11 under par and Peter is three shots behind at -10 under par;

“It’s fantastic, I mean Pete Senior is another one with so much experience and watching Geoff the way that he went about things today, I learnt so much again today playing with him. Geoff is such a great guy and I really hope that I get to play with Geoff again but Pete Senior, I have never met him in my life and I am sure that he is about the same sort of bloke as what Geoff is,  I can’t wait.”

Daniel may be excited but Peter Senior has issued a warning to the leader as he chases a fourth  Australian PGA Championship, declaring he’s in better form than when he won last week’s Australian Open.

” Pretty happy with the way things are going, I played a lot better today than I had even last week. I hit a lot better quality shots, driving it really well and I was just hitting it and picking up my tee which is always a great feeling, it sort of sets the holes up a little bit. I hit some better iron shots today that felt better than what I have been doing and made some birdies on some good holes, like 14 and 18 today, those were the real bonus holes. I just haven’t been making birdies on the par-fives, there are 15 par-fives and I think I’m about three under, the longer hitters are sort of knocking them to pieces so the par-fives are really letting me down.”