Posts Tagged "Australian golf"

US golfer Matt Kuchar predicts Australian events will be part of a worldwide tour before his career ends.

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I am sitting on a coach en route to Atlanta airport reflecting on Sunday at Augusta, and I can’t stop smiling. What a day.

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Veteran golfer Craig Parry predicts it’s just a matter of time before the floodgates open for Australians at major tournaments, saying the likes of Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Day are well placed to break the country’s six-year drought.

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Jason Day and Adam Scott went within a whisker of winning the US Masters last year, and Australian golf fans are expecting a little more in 2012. Our expectations have been raised and nothing short of a major will be suffice.

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Jason Day’s second consecutive runner-up finish in a major championship capped off a great weekend for Australian golfers who secured three victories around the world.

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Each year we build up the prospects of seeing an Australian golfer win the US Masters. However, in the 62 occasions the green jacket has been awarded, no Australian golfer has ever tried it on.

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If the rankings accurately reflect the state of golf, Europe has six of the world’s top eight golfers. Australia, meanwhile, has nobody ranked in the top 25. Is this merely a cyclical, random occurrence, or is Australian professional golf really in permanent decline?

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Golf enters a brave new world this weekend with the Surf Coast Knockout tournament having its first run in Geelong. The mighty game is going through a crisis across the world.

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Former boom amateur Andrew Buckle seemed more like a player who’d shot 84 than one who led an international class field on a merry chase with an opening round 64 at the Australian PGA Championship at the Hyatt resort on Thursday.

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Jason Day is the future of Australian golf and the future looks extremely bright. Before anyone had ever heard of the 22-year-old Queenslander, he was planning on knocking Tiger Woods off his perch. Just after turning pro, Day made the claim that becoming the world number one was his goal. So what, you may say.

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Late last week the Australasian PGA announced a new event, the Surfcoast Knockout. It was pitched (and portrayed by the media) as the equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.

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Australian golf followed the world’s economy in 2009 and seemed to go into a deep recession. A few good performances early in the year were spoilt by six months of playing from the rough but the trend has reversed.

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Without question, the Australian TV coverage of Australian golf is far and away the best. One only had to suffer the worst type, in the form of the USPGA Open in Hawaii last weekend, to fully appreciate how fortunate we are here.

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The first time Stuart Appleby played a round of golf with John Daly he came away confused, bewildered and envious.

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Australian golfers believe home ground advantage can help them usurp fancied rivals in the men’s world amateur teams championship starting in Adelaide tomorrow.

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The PGA of Australia has hit back at suggestions the golf industry here is in disarray and says some unflattering comparisons with the Greg Norman era are misleading.

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Australian golf fitness expert Ramsay McMaster feared Tiger Woods had come back too early from his knee operation. He takes no pleasure in having been proved right.

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