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.
World renown golf instructor and golf coach for PGA TOUR stars, Butch Harmon, has for some time now been recommending the use of Winn grips. He is not just a spokesperson for Winn, Butch has been using them himself since they first came on the scene. He also passes on this information to his pupils at his golf training academy, http://www.butchharmon.com/the-golf-tips/putting/scoring.html Apart from possessing natural skills Butch is a great believer in enjoying what your doing, you must have fun playing golf.
Natalie Gulbis from the Ladies Tour is also a fan the these grips, you can hear what they both have to say at this link; http://www.winngrips.com/our-company/tour-staff
We here at White Dragon Golf use Winn grips on our new putter, which has just recently been confirmed by the Royal and Ancient as conforming to the rules of golf. So we will soon be offering this new equipment on the worldwide web. Not sure if we can get Butch to trial one of these putters, but we will be asking him to take a look. I will keep you informed of our progress.
Michael Campbell stumbled again in yesterdays first round of the New Zealand open, shooting a 5 over par 77. He attributes his problems to his poor performance with the putter. He lamented,
‘It’s not behaving now,” he said of his flat stick.
”That’s the only thing that’s been suffering over the last year, really, is my putting. Normally putting is the strong part of my game but this year it’s been the other way.
If Michael is looking for a new putter he could always contact white dragon golf for the latest New Zealand designed putter.
The Open is the first truly international sporting fixture to be played in sports-starved Christchurch since February’s earthquake.
Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead in the Hong Kong Open, shooting 64 on the first day. He is pretty happy with the course and the way in which he handled the tricky winds. He said after the round,
“I think, first of all, the greens are a lot firmer and a lot faster than they usually are, which makes it tougher to get the ball closer to the hole, but the wind today was a big factor,” said McIlroy
“It swirls in these trees, you can feel it one minute downwind and the next right to left so you just have to trust where the wind is coming from. I was able to do that today, I got a couple of gusts where the ball might have gone a few yards left or right from where I wanted to but all in all, I was able to handle the wind pretty well.”
Striking the right note: Rory McIlroy leads the field in Hong Kong Photo: GETTY IMAGES