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Roo Beauty: Aussie winners in 2014

Roo Beauty: Aussie winners in 2014

DESPITE going winless in the majors, it’s been a super year for Australian golfers around the world. For the record, more than 20 Aussies entered the winner’s circle including six on the toughest tour of all – the US PGA Tour. Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Geoff Ogilvy flew […]

Cardinia Beaconhills kicking goals with FootGolf

Cardinia Beaconhills kicking goals with FootGolf

Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links is leading the way as a pioneer of the sport of FootGolf in Victoria. The fledgling sport, which combines soccer and golf, could be introduced as a regular weekly fixture at the club and is being considered as the basis for a separate membership category. “You get a soccer ball, you […]

A major lesson from the two Rs, Rickie and Rory

A major lesson from the two Rs, Rickie and Rory

OH boy, if the standard of golf played at the 96th US PGA Championship is an indication of what’s to come in the years ahead then the game is going to be exciting and fun to watch. Forget education’s three Rs, in golf circles right now it’s about the two Rs – Rory and Rickie. […]

Senden has a Major on his mind

Senden has a Major on his mind

JOHN Senden, one of the best less-heralded golfers in the world, believes he has what it takes to win a major championship despite being on the wrong side of 40. Many commentators and aficionados opine that professional golf is a younger person’s game. Still, Senden, who is 43, says age is just a number. Perhaps […]

PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

OFTENTIMES logic goes out the window when trying to pick a winner of the year’s final major – the US PGA Championship. Still, if you listen to logic then Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy are the players of choice. In June, Kaymer captured the US Open and a month earlier won the […]

‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

BY winning the recent Senior PGA Championship, Scot Colin Montgomerie has finally put to bed the “one of the best players never to win a major” tag. Okay, it’s not a major on the regular tour but that’s not stopping the 51-year-old claiming it as a major breakthrough. “I’m a major champion and will treat […]

Making quick work of slow play (from the inside and out)

Making quick work of slow play (from the inside and out)

Slow play has become a major issue in the golfing industry, and it represents a significant threat to the long-term health of the game.  With five-hour rounds becoming the norm, golfers are abandoning the game in droves, and new players are hesitant to start out. This month, we present a complete “Inside and Out” strategy […]

US Open dilemma for leaders

US Open dilemma for leaders

SATURDAY is moving day for professional golfers at tournaments around the world. Well, it is for those who make the cut. The 114th US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina from June 12-15 is no different. Those who do play on the weekend will want to be there or thereabouts going into the […]

US Open Preview

US Open Preview

Apply a simple word association to the following phrase: ‘US Open’ and what is it that immediately springs to mind? Any shortlist of responses will no doubt include the word ‘rough’, perhaps ‘thick’ rough. Images of corridor-width fairways, callisthenic manoeuvres from the world’s best to advance a ball from rough no further than they could […]

A strong year ahead

A strong year ahead

2014 started with a nice change to the last 12 months, after having a break from the game not touching a club and merely just relaxing with family and friends. It’s always difficult working my way back into practicing, which I mostly do at the beautiful Southport Golf Club, on the Gold Coast. Most of […]

Escaping the rough – when pros struggle on tour

Escaping the rough – when pros struggle on tour

As fans of the game we often look to the headlines and leaderboards during the big tournaments to see what will happen next in golf. Who will win this Sunday? Will Tiger get closer to Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors? Will Jason Day capture his first major championship? How many more majors will Phil Mickelson win […]

Who’s the greatest: Spider, Shark or Thommo?

Who’s the greatest: Spider, Shark or Thommo?

Who is Australia’s greatest ever golfer – male or female? Those who measure greatness by the number of major wins will say Karrie “Spider” Webb (7 wins) is Australia’s greatest golfer followed by the legendary Peter “Thommo” Thomson (5) and Greg “The Shark” Norman. There are many firmly in the Webb camp. They believe the honour should be judged on major victories alone.
However, there are strong arguments in favour of the Thomson and iconic and charismatic Norman.

US Open Preview: Merion Golf Club

US Open Preview: Merion Golf Club

Finding Merion’s fairways at this month’s US Open will be akin to threading the eye of a needle.

I witnessed US Open preparations first-hand a year ago when I made the two-hour trip south from New York City to Ardmore, Pennsylvania to play the club’s famous East Course

Brett Rumford: cracking the code to success

Brett Rumford: cracking the code to success

Buoyed by a new caddie, a new self-belief and inspiration by Adam Scott’s recent victory at The Masters, Perth’s Brett Rumford has recently rediscovered his form, and is now setting his sights on cracking the world top-50. Following his dramatic back-to-back wins in Asia, Inside Golf was one of Australia’s first golf publications to chat with our newest golfing hero.

Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced that the handicap anchor will rise from four strokes to five strokes this month. In a letter to clubs last month, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins outlined the reason for the change, noting the ‘seasonality’ of handicaps . “Under our current handicap system, handicaps in Australia are notably seasonal. On average, […]

The NSW Mid-North Coast

The NSW Mid-North Coast

In terms of scenic beauty, the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales are unsurpassed. And when it comes to golf, this stretch of NSW manages to combine the attraction of a resort golf destination with the charm of friendly local clubs.

Marysville rises from the ashes

Marysville rises from the ashes

Driving down the main street of the tiny Victorian town of Marysville is a slightly surreal experience these days, not for what you see (for the view is truly beautiful), but rather for what you DON’T see. For a town that lost nearly all of its buildings to the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, one would expect to see charred trees, blackened bushes or frames of burned-down buildings. But you’d be hard-pressed to see any of that now.

PGA Championship preview: Aussies urged to dig deep

PGA Championship preview: Aussies urged to dig deep

GREG Norman started it when he said Australia’s strike-rate in the majors was “unacceptable” and now Geoff Ogilvy is singing from the same hymn sheet. Ogilvy, the last Australian to win a major at the 2006 US Open, believes it’s time for Australia’s world-class players to step up in the majors. With the year’s final major upon us, let’s take a look at Australia’s record in the US PGA Championship.

Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

GOLF AUSTRALIA has released a list of the major components comprising the national golf handicapping system. In a letter to Club captains on June 1, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins summarised the work done to date on the new GA Handicap System, and outlined the components of what is yet to be implemented. No firm […]

Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

The new Handicapping system for Australian golfers has a variety of changes and aspects from previous systems. Here is the breakdown of the major components. (Note: as per the recent letter from Golf Australia, not all of the components have been implemented. These have been labelled with TBI. Full implementation is expected in the latter part of […]

A Slippery Slope: How will the Slope System affect your handicap?

A Slippery Slope: How will the Slope System affect your handicap?

While the Australian Golf Handicapping system has undergone many changes recently, the announced delay of introducing the Slope system until 2013 has caused much distress among our readers, especially those who believe that Slope will be the “unifying” cure-all factor to fix the remaining issues surrounding handicaps. Many of the letters we receive each week […]

John Senden – life begins at 40

John Senden – life begins at 40

Young guns Rory McIlroy and Jason Day might be the hottest golfers on the planet right now, but that won’t stop John Senden believing he can win this year’s US PGA Championship. The former Australian Open champion will tee it up in golf’s final major at the Atlanta Athletic Club secure in the knowledge he has done everything he can to give himself the best possible chance.

The World According to Jason

The World According to Jason

Jason Day officially announced himself to the golfing world with a joint runner-up finish at the US Masters, before confirming his status amongst the games’ elite with another second place finish at the US Open. In a teleconference held with a select group of journalists during early July, Day opened up about a whole range […]

Preview: The Open Championship

Preview: The Open Championship

Say what you will about the other Majors, but for the true golf purist there’s nothing that compares to The Open Championship. For over 150 years, this historic event has seen the world’s best players battle on the toughest courses for one of the most prized trophies in the game, the illustrious Claret Jug. This […]