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Talisker Masters. Amazing Adam Wins

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Amazing Adam Scott won the  Australian Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course.

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It was a predictable win, Adam started the day with a four shot lead, but found himself in a real duel for the title as Matt Kuchar put some pressure on him.  By the fifteenth hole Matt was at -6 under par and looked in good shape to pull off an unlikely win. Unfortunately for Matt he bogeyed sixteen and followed that with a double bogey on eighteen, effectively handing the title to Adam, who could only complete the final round in even par 71.

“I’ve never won back-to-back weeks so this is a first and something that I like. I think it’s very hard to win two tournaments full stop, let alone back to back, so I’m quite pleased with myself this week.You can’t think about the result until you’re walking up the last and you know where things stand. Sometimes you win a little bit ugly. All the good stuff I had done in the first three rounds counted for a lot, even though it wasn’t the prettiest golf today.

Matt carded a last round of -3 under 68, which should have been so much better, but that is golf.

“At Royal Melbourne you can really pay the price for being just a little off when you are playing aggressive and it got me at a bad time. It was a rough way to end but it’s the nature of the game, you have to be ready to bounce back. The guys who look toward the positive seem to do well in the long run. You see guys some carry over some bad momentum but I know better than that.”

Adam finished on-14 under par, with Matt in second place, finishing on -12 under par, those three dropped shots over the last three holes proving to be disastrous.

Vijay Singh finished the tournament in third place at -10 under par, he also could only manage an even par 71 last round.

After completing three respectable rounds of golf Jarrod Lyle finally ran out of steam in the last round, he scored a +8 over par round of 79, ultimately finishing the tournament with that total. Returning to golf after a lengthy lay-off due to two separate battles with leukemia, Jarrod can be proud of his performance. He did not finish in last place.

Talisker Masters. Adam Moves Into Position at the Top.

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Adam Scott easily moved into position at the top of the leaderboard at the Talisker Masters, but he is not alone,  rookie professional Nathan Holman is keeping him company.

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Having  finished as co-leader alongside Adam at the end of Friday’s play at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Nathan gets to play alongside his hero in the next round. They both finished the second day at -9 under par for the Talisker Masters tournament. Adam shot a -5 under par round while Nathan went one better, carding a -6 under par 65 for his second round.

Nathan said it will be awesome to play alongside  the defending US and Talisker Masters Champion;

” It would be awesome to play with the Masters champion and just try and go head to head with him. Probably there will be nerves but I am ready to accept the challenge”

Nathan is playing in only his fifth Professional event, although  in February he achieved his best result of the year to date, second place as an amateur at the Victorian Open, which the man from Melbourne still considers a missed opportunity;

“It hurt for a while. I mean I was so close and sort of controlled the tournament for the last day and just slipped at the very end.  It hurt but I looked back and took positives out of it. At the early part of this year I planned to turn Pro for these events and I worked hard enough to make it happen. I have probably played better on tougher golf courses, more demanding golf courses and I think I have been able to rise to Professional golf which has been nice.”

Adam was just cruising, knowing pars would not hurt him;

“I had to just stay patient and realise that pars weren’t going to hurt me and I was going to get to some wedges and a short par five that was downwind today that I should create an opportunity for birdies. So I just kind of stayed patient and not get too frustrated. It feels like I just kind of plodded along and it wasn’t an exciting five under at all. It was just really steady stuff which is pleasing but, I feel like there is that round in me somewhere here soon where I can go low.”

Overnight leader Nick Cullen and his playing partner Matt Griffin, a good friend, finished neck and neck at the half way stage on the  Talisker Masters leaderboard, both ending the round at -8 under par, sharing third place.

Matt was happy to be partnering Nick, again;

” Nick and I have played a lot of golf together the last few years after I won in Asia and we usually play well when we play together. I guess, when you are out there you pull each other along.”

Nick agreed, saying;

“I love playing with Griffo, we obviously play well together so if it works out that way I would love to have a weekend round with him.” 

American drawcard Matt Kuchar finished in outright fifth position at -5 under par.  Jarrod Lyle  finished at + 1 over par, and was delighted to have made the cut in his first tournament back in action.

He spoke of tiredness, but showed true grit and determination;

“Last night I knew I had played 18 holes, the legs were a bit heavy. They were a little bit heavy again today, but if I have to crawl those last 18 holes, mate, I am crawling them. Nothing is going to stop me from finishing.”

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.

Cullen leads over Scott and Kieffer

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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.

Jarrod Lyle, Leukemia Returns

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Professional golfer Jarrod Lyle suffered a recurrence of leukemia upon returning home to Australia to prepare for the birth of his first child. Jarrod was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17. He recovered, and went on to earn his PGA Tour card. He thought the chemotherapy from his teen years would make him infertile, so  was absolutely thrilled to learn his wife, Briony, was pregnant.

Robert Allenby, who supports a cancer program that once had Lyle as a patient, said he received word Thursday morning that Lyle was going to start chemotherapy as soon as his wife gave birth, saying that;

“If he starts chemo now, he won’t be able to touch the baby or watch the birth. They’re inducing her today, and she has the baby, he goes straight into treatments. It’s just devastating. He just got his whole life where he wants. He’s married, he has a new baby coming, he’s playing great golf. And now this. It’s the same cancer that’s come back, the same leukemia.”

A saddened Robert Allenby, has been exchanging text messages with Jarrod throughout the day. Jarrod’s manager, Tony Bouffler said on Friday that Jarrod was in good spirits and elated about the birth of his child, which was expected by Saturday, adding that Lyle would begin chemotherapy treatments on Monday in Melbourne.

“He’s of good country stock and he’s pretty resilient,” Bouffler said,

I wish Jarrod all the best for the future, may God Bless you and keep you.

Holes-in-one on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale

Holes in one on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale are still a rare event despite the huge crowds that surround this green, just waiting in anticipation to see one.(excuse the pun)  The Waste Management Phoenix Open starts this week and the 16th will be a caldron of fascination once again.  Those surrounding stands have been named “the Coliseum” for good reason; there are fans on all sides exploding with child like excitement.  The complete list of aces at the 16th since 1987 stands at eight holes in one, with Jarrod Lyle adding his name to the list last year. He said of his baptism of fire;  “possibly the scariest tee shot in golf.”

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My interest in this story was kindled when yesterday I hit the pin with my tee shot on the 17th, par three at Otaki Golf Course. There must obviously have been a fault with the pin because the ball rebounded off it to the left, another near miss for me. For your information Otaki is in New Zealand, on the other side of the world to TPC Scottsdale, but unfortunately it is the nearest I will be able to get to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Should you be interested this is the list of Aces at the 16th, TPC Scottsdale.

 

Aces on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, since 1987
Year Player Rd
2011 Jarrod Lyle 2
2002 Mike Sposa 2
1997 Tiger Woods 3
1997 Steve Stricker 4
1991 Jay Delsing 3
1990 Brad Bryant 1
1990 David Edwards 3
1988 Hal Sutton 3

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