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F E AT U R E S 118 CLUB OF THE MONTH: KOOYONGA GOLF CLUB


Adelaide is often overshadowed by Australia’s larger capital cities. But
56 BUNKERS 101 when it comes to golf it certainly packs a punch – and Kooyonga
Bunkers are not intended to make your life a misery. Golf Australia
remains one of the finest courses in the nation, writes Michael Jones.
Architecture Editor Mike Clayton details their purpose and their worth.

INSTRUCTION
62 A GOLFER’S LIFE PETER LONARD
Jimmy Emanuel chats with the two-time Australian Open champion 69 HIT YOUR TARGET
about his injuries and illnesses, anchored putting and the responsibility Hitting fairways and greens is the bedrock of a solid score. Here are
of Australian players to the game in their home country. eight simple steps to keep your ball away from the trees and hazards
that can ruin your scorecard.
88 SWING SEQUENCE: MARC LEISHMAN
Warrnambool’s favourite son has one of the most fluid swings on the 78 WE CAN ALL BE MORE ACCURATE
PGA Tour. Here’s what you can learn from his unique movements. PGA Tour stats expert Mark Broadie explains why your mid and short
irons are the most important clubs in your bag; hit these well and your
T R AV E L & C O U R S E S scores will plummet.

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The simplest values of strategic course design are being rediscovered
The American superstar is one of the most consistent players on the
by one of the star courses of the Melbourne Sandbelt and the golf is
PGA Tour. Here, he explains his relationship with Butch Harmon and
more interesting for it, writes Brendan James.
reveals his approach play secrets to help you find more greens.

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PGA TOUR’S $2 BILLION DEAL. WAS IT ENOUGH?


IF you have spent any time watching a tournaments a year including around 40 PGA or may not subscribe to FoxSports? Well it’s
pay-TV service you will be familiar with Tour events. The deal begins in January all a little unclear at this stage but I suspect
the Discovery Channel. You know the one 2019 and covers all territories outside of the it’s going to get a whole lot easier to access
… documentaries on animals, space and United States. golf on your phone, tablet or computer
lots of other scientific marvels. It is expected to stream many events on without being a FoxSports subscriber.
Well, Discovery is no longer just a channel. a new PGA Tour-branded OTT service. An And what does it mean for the PGA Tour?
It is a massive company now known as OTT service refers to content providers that It means a lot more money…serious
Discovery Inc. and, as a golf fan, you will distribute streaming media as a standalone money…steadily flowing into the coffers.
be hearing more about Discovery in years product directly to consumers over the But I can’t help but think they might have
to come. internet, bypassing any television platforms. undersold their product.
Here’s why. At the same time, Discovery CEO David In 2015, the AFL inked a broadcast
Discovery recently struck a $2 billion Zaslav noted that the “total flexibility” of the rights agreement of $2.508 million for six
deal to acquire the international television deal could also allow the partners to launch a years and the latest figures available show
and streaming rights to PGA Tour golf new portfolio of golf-centric channels around approximately 7.8 million Australians watch
through to 2030. The move is the latest the world. the AFL on TV every year.
high-profile sports agreement for the He added that there was a potential future Compare that to $2 billion for a potential
factual giant, following its successful audience for the PGA Tour of four billion and audience of 4 billion globally … Discovery
Olympics debut earlier this year through its Discovery will become the “new global home might have just made the deal of
Eurosport division. of golf.” the century.
The deal gives Discovery online and So what does this all mean for you, the
TV broadcast rights to more than 140 golf Aussie golf fan who may

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the star courses of the Melbourne Sandbelt and the golf is more interesting for it.
WORDS BRENDAN JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY NICK WALL/AIRSWING MEDIA

W
hen the modern bible of golf after course designers. His theories on under the microscope by Doak, and some
courses and course design – course design all revolve around building with big reputations were deflated by the
The Confidential Guide to Golf courses that make golf interesting, which is blunt writings of the American.
Courses – was published in the mid-90s it no doubt why his creations have become so Not Commonwealth Golf Club.
became an immediate hit simply because popular … just like his original book, which Doak included the Melbourne Sandbelt
its author, Tom Doak, didn’t hold back could set you back $600-$700 (or $1,200 for course in his list of 31 courses “among the
any punches. a signed copy) these days. first I would take a good friend to see.”
Today, Doak is one of golf’s most sought Dozens of Australian courses were put He added: “The genius of Commonwealth

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The short 9th hole is one of
the best par-3s to be found
anywhere in the Sandbelt.

is its adherence to one simple rule – that each heart of the region now known to golfers club’s long-time secretary manager
green should be oriented or tilted in such a way worldwide as the Melbourne Sandbelt. Sloan Morpeth, a former New Zealand
that it cradles an approach from one side of the The course was extended from 12 to 18 holes amateur champion.
fairway and shoulders away shots from the in 1926 after the club’s devoted captain, Charles In subsequent years, additional purchases
incorrect line of approach.” Lane, travelled to Great Britain to study the of land and changes to the course layout
And that’s the way it has always been at design work of legendary course architect were made, including the lengthening of
Commonwealth, thanks to its long line of Harry Colt. Lane spent several weeks in several holes.
knowledgeable course designers. the company of Colt and returned to In more recent times, excess trees have been
It is just on 97 years since the first rounds Commonwealth to put the finishing touches on removed, all the fairways and greens surrounds
were played on the current site of the the greens and bunkers based on what he had were converted to Legend Couch grass, while a
Commonwealth Golf Club. learned, often taking to the course with a shovel 43 megalitre dam was also built to address
The club was constituted in 1920 and land, in hand to do the work himself. water management issues.
regarded as scrub country and comprising only This design was completely changed in 1938 Commonwealth is no diferent to its
89 acres, was purchased near Centre and – all 18 greens were rebuilt, fairway bunkers neighbouring Melbourne Sandbelt courses in
Warrigal Roads, South Oakleigh – right in the added and tees altered – under the charge of the that the bunkering here, particularly greenside,
is brilliant. The bunkering combines well with
The expansive bunkering is one the beautifully contoured green surrounds and
of the outstanding highlights of a tilted putting surfaces – designed, as Doak says,
round at Commonwealth. to dictate that an approach must come from the
correct spot in the fairway – to create a stern
challenge. This is best seen on
Commonwealth’s wonderful collection of
par-4s, particularly its short two-shot oferings.
The round opens with one of the heaviest
bunkered holes on the layout but, played well,
the 294-metre dogleg right can ofer players the
chance to get of to a quick start. The key here is
the club selection decision to be made for the
opening tee shot. Short and safe will leave a
longer approach and a likely par but an
aggressive play, in the right conditions, with a
tee shot blasted over the fairway bunkers can
create an easy birdie opportunity.
The 339-metre 4th hole is another classic
short par-4 where there are a variety of
diferent ways to play the hole. The hole bends

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A lake stretching the length of
the dogleg left par-4 16th tempts
you into playing high risk shots. FACT FILE
THE COURSE
LOCATION: Glennie Ave, South Oakleigh,
Victoria.
CONTACT: (03) 9575 0444.
WEBSITE: www.commonwealthgolf.com.au
DESIGNERS: Sam Bennett (1921); Charles H.
Lane (1926); Sloan Morpeth (1962); Kevin Hartley
(1992); Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Clayton, Mike Cocking
& Ashley Mead – OCCM (2006 and ongoing).
SLOPE RATINGS: MEN: 132 (black), 131 (blue),
126 (white); WOMEN: 138 (white), 129 (red), 127
(green), 118 (gold).
PLAYING SURFACES: Legends couch fairways,
bentgrass greens.
GREEN FEES: $250. Members of golf clubs within
Australia who hold a Golf Link number will
receive a 20 percent discount.
PGA PROS: John Wade and Sandy Jamieson.

THE CLUB
DOAK INCLUDED THE MEMBERSHIP: Membership at Commonwealth
is quite exclusive, however the process of joining
MELBOURNE SANDBELT COURSE is not overly onerous. New member intakes are

IN HIS LIST OF 31 COURSES “AMONG approximately quarterly. These intakes will be


subject to field sizes and player comfort, aspects
THE FIRST I WOULD TAKE A that the Committee monitor very closely.
In addition, all new members commence in
GOOD FRIEND TO SEE.” the six-day category (excludes Saturday),
and upgrading to seven-day playing rights is
subject to player comfort which is reviewed
regularly. Benefits include: Access to the course,
slightly to the right and the best angle into this down a steep greenside slope. competition golf, course swap opportunities
tilted green is from the right half of the fairway, For mine, the most significant improvement with other Sandbelt clubs, reciprocal rights
anywhere beyond the fairway bunker cutting Commonwealth has made in recent times is to
with international and interstate clubs, practice
into the right edge of the fairway. The green address issues of overgrown trees, Ti-tree and
facilities including grass tee driving range and
here slopes markedly from left to right and an thick undergrowth.
discount on non-golf events.
approach from the conservative left half of the An extensive tree planting program during
For more information, contact the Membership
fairway brings a bunker short left into play and, the 90s ultimately saw playing lines narrowed
and, in some places, turf quality sufer. But the Coordinator on (03) 9575 0444.
in trying to avoid that, your shot can run
through the right side of the green leaving a decision to undertake a program of opening the RECIPROCAL CLUBS: NSW – Newcastle GC,
diicult chip shot. course up by clearing away unnecessary trees New South Wales GC, Manly GC; Queensland
Any essay on the best of Commonwealth and shrubs has certainly had a positive impact, – Royal Queensland GC, Indooroopilly GC;
would not be complete without mentioning the which is far more complementary with the SA – Kooyonga GC; WA – Royal Perth GC,
diminutive par-3 9th hole, which many regard vision of its various designers … and what Lake Karrinyup CC, Cottesloe GC; ACT – Royal
as one of the best short one-shotters on the impressed Doak most. Canberra GC.
Sandbelt. Measuring 133 metres from the tips,
the strategy required from the tee is dictated by
the pin position of the day. Laid across the
highest point of the course, the wind is often a
factor here but standing on the sheltered tee
further complicates the club and shot selection.
The shape and dramatic slopes on the green,
which is protected by two deep bunkers right
and another to the left as well as steep closely
shaved slopes of the back, turn a straight-
forward short par-3 into an interesting and
fun challenge.
Another of Commonwealth’s very good short
par-4s comes within view of a return to the
clubhouse. The 307-metre 17th is a terrific
short par-4 that, like the 1st hole, will inflict as
many bogies as it will reward with birdies.
Approaching this green is best from the right
half of the fairway to avoid playing a blind
approach over trees. Good club selection will The opening hole is one of
ofer a real birdie chance but a slight mis-hit, several very good short par-4s
right or wrong club choice, will see shots kick at Commonwealth.

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MAJOR WINS ARE A LOPSIDED


MEASURE OF GREATNESS
IN 1987 Ian Woosnam to Peter Alliss. In his considerable pomp
won the Jersey Open, – before the putting yips set in – the man
the Madrid Open, the Scottish Open, the who would become golf’s finest
Trophee Lancome, the World Match Play commentator was a brilliant
Championship, the Hong Kong Open, the ball striker. Tee-to-green, few
Sun City Million Dollar Challenge, the were better than Alliss, who
World Cup individual and team (alongside was good enough to beat
David Llewellyn) trophies and was a star Arnold Palmer then halve with
performer in the European Ryder Cup side Tony Lema at the 1963 Ryder
that won for the first time on US soil at Cup in Atlanta. But, like Coles,
Muirfield Village. By almost any measure, Alliss never played in either the
the then 29-year old Welshman was the US Open or the US PGA. And
best player in the world that season. only twice did he compete in
And yet. The following June, when Curtis the Masters.
Strange defeated Nick Faldo in a play-off for This inequity continued into the
the US Open title, Woosnam was watching next generation. Who doesn’t think
at home on television. No, he hadn’t missed the likes of Mark James, Ken Brown,
the cut in America’s national championship; Howard Clark and Sam Torrance are not at
he simply hadn’t met any of the exemption least the equals of, say, Bob Tway, Larry Mize
criteria through which he could have gained and Jeff Sluman? Yet the Americans will all
entry to the starting line-up. Unbelievable. be remembered as major champions, the
These days, such blatant point-missing/ winners of events the British quartet hardly
xenophobia/bias – call it what you will – is ever played in.
less common. But until relatively recently A quick comparison between, say, Clark
the three American majors were far less and Tway, is revealing. Clark played in 27
accessible to players born without an Uncle Grand Slam events but only four in the United
Sam. When Seve Ballesteros became the States. Tway was in the field for 71 majors,
first player from the Old World to win the 55 of those on his home ground. Who was
Masters Tournament in 1980, only four the better golfer? Clark, at least in the realm
Europeans were in the field. And one of of ball-striking. But history will no doubt take
them was an amateur. That same year, a different view. Because Tway is forever a
Peter Oosterhuis (who missed the cut) was “major champion.”
the only man from the eastern end of the Perhaps the most egregious victim of
Atlantic Ocean to compete in the US PGA US bias is South Africa’s Bobby Locke
Championship at Oak Hill. (pictured). Again, the record books will
And yet (2). While it is happily true that suggest that the best players in the
golf’s four most important events are world during the late 1940s were Sam
today more enlightened when it comes to Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson
deciding who plays and who does not, major – all American and all multiple major
championship performance continues to play a champions. But here’s the thing. Locke
large part in historical measures of quality – or played in the US for two and half years at
otherwise. Which is nonsense. that time, winning 11 of the 59 events he
Take Neil Coles, a man who never once started and finishing in the top-three more
played in either the US Open or the US than half the time. He would also go on to
PGA and withdrew from his only Masters in win four Open Championships between
1966. Yes, the now 83-year old Englishman’s 1949 and 1957.
reluctance to fly has much to do with the Such a record clearly had the Americans
paucity of his appearances stateside. But, worried. Spuriously citing his failure to show
no matter, his inability to regularly tee-up up for a couple of minor events, the US
alongside America’s best has harmed Tour suspended Locke. At least that was the
his legacy. public version. Privately, as former Masters
Which is crazy. Does anyone who saw champion Claude Harmon was moved to
Coles in his prime really think this beautiful admit, “Locke was simply too good. They had
golfer was in any way inferior to the likes of to ban him.”
Dave Stockton, Lou Graham, Gay Brewer, So there you have it. Next time you hear
George Archer, Bob Goalby and Don January? Jack Nicklaus was a better player than Tiger
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All of those guys won major titles during Woods because he won more major titles,
Coles’ peak years. take a closer look at the evidence. Often
The same argument can easily be applied enough, all is not what it might seem.

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THE next instalment of a top female player
taking on the men in a PGA Tour event
is set to be played out this month when
Brittany Lincicome tees it up in the
Barbasol Championship.
The Barbasol is the alternate event to The
Open Championship so the field may only
feature a handful of male players ranked in
the top-100 in the world, which makes it an
interesting prospect for the eight-time LPGA
Tour title winner.
The 32-year-old will take up a sponsor’s
exemption to play in the event joining the
likes of Annika Sorenstam, who famously
played the PGA Tour’s Colonial Tournament
15 years ago and just missed the cut.
Michelle Wie has played against the men
several times, while the legendary Babe
Didrickson Zaharias was the first to do so
in the 1938 Los Angeles Open. Dame Laura
Davies played against the men in a 54-hole
no cut European Senior event in Denmark
last month and finished T44, a shot ahead
of Jose Maria Olazabal. It was her second
start against the fellas, having played
the European and Australasian Tour
co-sanctioned ANZ Championship in 2004.
None of the aforementioned women have
made the cut with their appearances, a factor
not lost on Lincicome.
“I’m already nervous,” Lincicome said. “I
feel like every time I walk by one of those
guys they are going to look at me like, ‘Why
the heck are you here?’ Hopefully they are
really nice. If the tours think it’s OK and there
really is no negative side to it, I guess the
worst I could do is miss the cut.”
Indeed. But with few, if any, expectations
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Lincicome is the kind of player that just


might snap the missed cut streak.

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WHO WILL FLY THE AUSSIE FLAG?


THE World Cup of Golf is fast approaching within the top-500 on the Official World Scott. So he might therefore be inclined to call
and Australian golf fans are still in the Golf Ranking.” upon the 2013 Masters champion to partner
dark about which two players will be So, with that in mind, Jason Day – who at him at Metropolitan Golf Club.
representing them in Melbourne … Not the time of writing is ranked No.8 in the world But Day’s own involvement in the World
that there’s anything wrong with that. – should receive that honour when the cut-off Cup is under a cloud of uncertainty. His
The tournament dictates that, “the top date arrives on September 13. wife, Ellie, has fallen pregnant and will be
ranked player of each qualified country may The 30-year-old won the Cup in 2013 due around the time the event kicks off
pick any player from the same country alongside his fellow Queenslander Adam in November – and after their devastating

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miscarriage last year, there is very little
chance he will want to leave her side at such SNAKES ALIVE
a crucial time. I was playing my first round of golf recently
If the former World No.1 does decide to at Paradise Palms near Cairns when my
stay home in Ohio, Australia’s World Cup son, Cameron, hit his tee shot into a creek.
responsibilities would then fall to Marc When we approached, this is what we
Leishman, who is currently World No.16. saw. He didn’t want to get his ball back
The Victorian said during a teleconference and I’m not sure if he will search for lost
earlier this year that he would “probably go on balls again.
form” or the next highest ranked player when Mark Collins
hypothetically selecting his playing partner. Cairns, Queensland
“You would probably go for the next in line,”
Leishman said. “But if someone’s been hot [To make up for your lost ball and, no
and had a really good playoffs or something doubt, the fright you got, there is a dozen
like that, or one of us wins a major … It would Callaway Chrome Soft balls and a cap
be hard not to choose someone who had won coming your way Mark.—Editor. ]
a major. Hopefully I will be worrying about that
in a few months’ time.”
If that turns out to be the case, Leishman
will most likely be phoning Cameron Smith,
who has risen to World No.43 off the back of YOUR SAY
multiple top-10s on the PGA Tour this season.
LANGER COMES CLEAN arguably from the effort of keeping
IF THE FORMER WORLD “Langer Comes Clean” said the headline in it pinioned.
NO.1 DOES DECIDE TO your May edition. Really? Instead of heading off prematurely into
The article said that illegally ‘anchoring’ questions of players’ intentions, shouldn’t
STAY HOME IN OHIO, a putter occurs when the club, the gripping the next question have been: “What do the
AUSTRALIA’S WORLD hand or the forearm is held against the rule-makers have to say about the forearm
CUP RESPONSIBILITIES body. It went on to say that Bernard Langer against his chest?”
WOULD THEN FALL TO claims compliance by moving his top hand Now that Adam Scott has picked up the
MARC LEISHMAN ... away from his chest as he’s about to putt. long stick again and Webb Simpson won
The EuropeanTour’s Chief Referee The Players anchoring the club to the inside
“I have spent a fair bit of time with Cam,” jumped in to say that we have to take of his arm, isn’t it time to prevent all future
Leishman said. “He’s such a good player … Langer’s word that he does that. circumvention of the ban by simply ruling
He’s got one of the best wedge games I have But the article itself had also spoken of that the putter must be the shortest club in
seen.” anchoring via the forearm. And the R&A’s the bag.
However, like Day, Leishman has played explanation speaks about the banning Langer can learn to swing a three-metre
frequently alongside Adam Scott – including of indirect anchoring points, the forearm iron if he wants.
the 2016 World Cup at Kingston Heath – and being the main one. Peter Swinton
seems to have built a solid partnership with The article even has a photograph of Carlton, NSW
the 37-year-old. Langer with his forearm muscles bulging,
The man from Warrnambool could also
turn to a youngster like Lucas Herbert, who
would bring a certain degree of enthusiasm OUR ‘LETTER OF THE MONTH’ WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN
that might be lost on one of the more
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Herbert, 22, has risen more than 100 spots
6 PERFORMANCE CAP WORTH $100
in the world ranking this year and – at the time
of writing – was set to make his major debut at
Shinnecock Hills before travelling to Carnoustie
for The Open Championship.
So although we are no closer to knowing
who will be heading to Melbourne for the
World Cup, the number of players who could
potentially fly the Aussie flag at Metropolitan
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is surely a good sign for our chances in the


storied event.
– Michael Jones

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its implications.”
GOING THE DISTANCE Meanwhile, Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA,
said: “The topic of increased distance and its
NOTHING is being left to chance when it course design and player enjoyment effects on the game have been discussed for
comes to the distance debate, with the R&A and participation. well over a century. We believe that now is the
and USGA launching ‘The Distance Insights Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The time to examine this topic through a very wide
Project’ – which will effectively, “analyse R&A, said: “Distance in golf is a complex and long lens, knowing it is critical to the future
distance in golf and gather perspectives issue which is widely debated at all levels of of the game.”
from the worldwide golf community.” the sport. It is important that we collate all of The governing bodies will continue to meet
The joint effort is being heralded “a multi- the relevant data and hear the many different with golf industry stakeholders throughout
pronged approach,” meaning focus groups and perspectives on this issue that exist in the 2018, with the vision of delivering their findings
discussion forums will join forces with those in international golf community. during 2019.
charge at golf’s governing bodies to come to an “We intend to conduct this process openly, Anyone interested in the topic can provide
agreement regarding the distance the modern comprehensively and promptly and will work feedback by visiting randa.org/distanceinsights
golf ball travels. with all of the key stakeholders to ensure we or usga.org/distanceinsights or by emailing
Stakeholder groups invited to participate in have a fully rounded view of distance and either organisation directly.
the project range from players and worldwide
professional golf tours to golf course architects
and equipment manufacturers.
“WE BELIEVE THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO EXAMINE
Both the R&A and USGA will be seeking THIS TOPIC THROUGH A VERY WIDE AND LONG
distance-related opinions and data on pace of LENS, KNOWING IT IS CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF
play, golf course construction and maintenance
practices, the evolution of equipment, golf
THE GAME.” – MIKE DAVIS, USGA

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WOMEN’S CHARTER
LAUNCHED

The R&A has unveiled a new


Women in Golf Charter as part of
the organisation’s drive to increase
the number of women and girls
participating in golf and to encourage
more opportunities for women to work
within the golf industry.
The Women in Golf Charter aims to
inspire an industry-wide commitment
to developing a more inclusive culture
within golf around the world and
to enable more women and girls to
flourish and maximise their potential at
all levels of the sport.
Adoption of the Charter will also
require national federations, like Golf
Australia, to build on current initiatives
and develop new projects that will

focus on encouraging more women


and girls to play golf and stay within

PLAY NINE GAINING MOMENTUM the sport as members of clubs, while


also empowering women to enjoy
THE R&A recently published figures Golf Australia is hoping to reach more successful careers working within the
suggesting there has been a substantial than 350 clubs and 10,000 players – and golf industry.
spike in participation for shorter formats is currently in the process of providing R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers
of the game; most notably, an increase marketing materials to clubs and facilities, said: “We are asking the golf industry
in competitive nine-hole scorecards including posters and videos. to recognise the real importance of
being submitted. “Essentially, I see nine-hole golf as a lever increasing the number of women and
These findings were to be expected, through which the sport can: One: Help girls playing golf and empowering more
however, with various national bodies – reduce membership attrition, especially women to enjoy successful careers at all
including Golf Australia – introducing new and during family years, by changing the levels of the sport.
exciting ways to play the game in order to prevalent, ‘If I can’t play 18 holes regularly, I “The Charter is a strong statement of
attract time-conscious people. might as well give up,’ mindset. Two: Attract intent from the golf industry that it has
Last year, for instance, the inaugural “Play new people to golf who want to take up to change and a commitment on behalf
9” initiative gave club golfers the chance to the game, but currently see time as the of all of us to take measures designed
tackle the back nine holes of The Australian major barrier,” said Golf Australia Marketing to achieve positive change for women,
Golf Club during the Australian Open. It Director, Danny Bowerin. girls and families. This is crucial to
attracted 163 clubs and nearly 2,500 entries. Entry is simple. All you have to do is growing participation in the sport in the
The Play 9 competition has already opened find one of the many clubs participating in years ahead.
for 2018 – and 24 lucky players from around the competition and submit a nine-hole “The R&A plans to increase our
the country will experience nine holes at scorecard through Golf Link, remembering overall investment in women’s, girls’
The Lakes Golf Club on November 17 (day you will need an official Golf Australia and mixed golf to £80 million over the
three of the Aussie Open). Winners will handicap to compete. next ten years, a clear indication of our
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also receive two nights’ accommodation For more details and a list of participating determination to develop the game in
in Sydney, an invitation to the Champion’s clubs, visit www.golf.org.au/play9. this area.”
Cocktail Function and a gift pack.

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ARIYA
JUTANUGARN
“… AFTER THIS WIN I THINK U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
I’LL BE THINKING ABOUT THE WINNING SCORE:
RANKING AND TALK ABOUT 11-under-par, 277.
THAT, BUT I EVEN WANT TO BE DEFEATED: Hyo Joo Kim in a four hole playoff.
NO. 1, I WANT TO INSPIRE ALL DEFINING MOMENTS: Jutanugarn looked
almost impossible to beat as she made the
THE KIDS IN THAILAND.” turn in the final round, having added five birdies
– ARIYA JUTANUGARN and a lone bogey to extend her overnight four-
shot lead to seven with just nine holes to play.
But with Kim playing steady bogey-free golf and in possession of a
hot putter, Jutanugarn began to feel the pressure and opened her
back nine with a triple-bogey seven, before a bogey at the 12th hole,
where Kim, playing in the group ahead, had holed a 40-foot birdie putt.
Kim added another improbable birdie from off the green at the
15th hole, which Jutanugarn matched with a birdie of her own at the
par-3 16th to reach 13-under and lead by two.
However, the 22-year-old dropped shots at the final two holes to
sign for a back nine 41 and 11-under total, tying the Korean and
forcing a two-hole aggregate playoff.
When Kim rolled in a birdie at the 14th, the first playoff hole, it
looked like Ariya had let a golden opportunity for another major title
go by. But a bogey at the 18th from her opponent allowed Jutanugarn
to take the playoff into sudden death with an up-and-down par.
The combatants returned to the 14th, where Kim nearly repeated
her efforts, her birdie putt just missing, while Jutanugarn made par
from the greenside bunker to extend the match once again.
With both players facing greenside bunker shots as they played
the 18th for a third time, the former World No.1 delivered the
knockout blow, splashing out to 18-inches to secure a par and the
73rd US Open.
WITH THIS VICTORY… :
: Jutanugarn claims her second major title and becomes just the
fifth player to win both the US Women’s Open and Women’s
British Open, which she won in 2016. Joining Annika Sorenstam,
Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park in the exclusive club.
: The first ever US Open champion from Thailand takes her career
earnings beyond $6 million on the LPGA Tour and becomes the
first multiple winner of 2018.
: Jutanugarn rises to No.2 in the world ranking having dipped as
low as 9th since claiming the top spot for the first time in 2017.

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HICKORY RETURNS TO ROYAL MELBOURNE


The 24th Australian Hickory Shaft course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie – and
Championship is set for an historic inaugural is consistently rated No.1 in Australia. This
visit to Royal Melbourne in September. wonderful opportunity will hopefully be followed
It is the first time the championship has been in future years by rotation of the event between
played outside New South Wales and organisers states, and – where possible – at prominent
hope the tournament, to be played on Royal venues aligned to historically significant events.
Melbourne’s West Course on September 11, By way of example, plans are in place to hold
will be the first of many played at different the Championship at the Royal Queensland
venues around the country. Golf Club in 2020 and at the Long Reef
The history of the Australian Hickory Shaft Golf Club in 2021 as part of their respective
Championship began in 1995 when the Tom centenary celebrations.
Moore-led Australian Golf Heritage Society The event is open to all Australian golfers
organised the inaugural event at Rosnay Golf with a GA handicap with scratch and handicap
Club in Sydney’s western suburbs. events for both women and men. The cost per
In the ensuing years, it has been played at head will be $135 including light snacks after
diverse venues – The Coast, Cronulla, Georges golf when the presentations take place.
River, Carnarvon and Long Reef – and seen The legendary Ivo Whitton set the initial
many notable winners, including Peter Read course record of 79 at Royal Melbourne so the
(seven-time winner) and two-time winners Perry challenge is on to try and beat his score.
Somers, Alan Grieve, Derrin Morgan and Darron The event will be played to AGHS
Watt. In the ladies’ event, Shuri Yasuda-Hines Conditions of Play to ensure the past event
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WHY ONLY THE GREATS WIN AT CARNOUSTIE


I PLAYED in my first Open Championship at believe Ben Hogan ever drove between the about where the green was. My only concern
Carnoustie in 1999. I was pretty excited. I out-of-bounds fence and the bunker. Too much was finding the shortest route between
had failed to qualify a couple of times while risk). The area we were being asked to lay-up my ball and the fairway. Two yards was
I was still an amateur, so it was special into wasn’t much more than an arm-span in probably doable. Ten yards was no certainty.
for me to make my Open debut during my width. Maybe ten yards. And on both sides Sometimes I was just trying to move my ball
first year as a professional. I had performed of those ten yards it was a lost ball, the grass into the least amount of rough so that I might
really well in the qualifying and was really was so long and thick. have a chance with the next shot. It was
looking forward to playing a course I had The whole thing was so discouraging. I carnage and, it almost doesn’t need to
been to and really enjoyed a couple of shot 81-78 and only missed the cut by five be said, hardly the best way to identify the
times before. shots. I was far from alone in struggling. best players.
Sadly, that feeling didn’t last. It ended up Sergio Garcia left the course in tears. He had All in all, I quickly realised that scoring well
being – still – one of the most disappointing just won the Irish Open and he shot 89-83. wasn’t going to have much to do with how I
weeks I’ve had in my career. And it remains, Seve Ballesteros also didn’t break 80 in either played. I would have to get lucky and change
by a distance, my least favourite Open. Only round. Neither did Sandy Lyle. Nick Faldo my mind-set completely. But it isn’t easy
a couple of holes into my first practice round, (78-79) wasn’t much better. Nor was Tom to adjust from trying to shoot under-par to
I sensed something was wrong. I’d seen Watson (82-73). My fellow Aussie, Rod thinking 78 is a good score.
enough Opens on television over the years to Pampling, got round in 71 on the opening day The most annoying aspect of the whole
know the course set-up was far from normal. and led the field. Then he shot 86 and failed to week was that Carnoustie is a fantastic
There was rough everywhere. qualify for the weekend. Amazing stuff. course. But it was too narrow. And the rough
When I got to the famous par-5 6th – known Thankfully, I can’t remember too many – although not that long by links standards
as Hogan’s Alley – I didn’t know whether specific shots from that week. But I do recall – was thick and dark green. It was US Open
to laugh or cry. (In passing, I find it hard to being in the rough and not even thinking rough but 12-inches high, or six inches longer

The rough for the 1999 Open


was simply diabolical ... and
wrong.

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“IF THE QUALITY
OF A COURSE CAN
BE MEASURED BY
THE QUALITY OF
THE PLAYERS WHO
HAVE WON THERE,
THEN CARNOUSTIE
HAS NOTHING
TO PROVE.”
than even the USGA likes to see for its
championship. It was basically impossible.
The lasting memory of the event for every
golf fan is, of course, what happened to Jean
Van de Velde on the final hole. Needing only
a double-bogey to win, he made a triple and
lost the play-off to Paul Lawrie. But what went
on was so appropriate. It was always going to
end up with something stupid. If you want to
sum up the whole week, all you have to do is
watch Jean play that hole.
Anyway, eight years later I was back and in
a whole different frame of mind. I had won the
US Open the year before and thinking I could
win more majors. I didn’t play well though. I
was spraying the ball too much off the tee to
do that. But that fact was all my fault. It had
nothing to do with the course. The Carnoustie
I played that week is basically how Carnoustie
should be. The rough was certainly a lot
more playable.
The great thing about Carnoustie is that you
change direction constantly. That is always
challenging on a links. I love the Old Course
at St. Andrews, but it can get a bit tedious
playing out in a constant left-to-right wind
for two hours, then turning and playing for
another two hours in a right-to-left breeze. You
wouldn’t build the Old Course that way if you
didn’t have to.
Carnoustie isn’t like that though. It is – along
with Muirfield – the best ball-striking test on
the Open rota. You can see the trouble. You
Not quite singing in the rain in
know the shot you have to hit. You just have to 2007 but at least my scoring was
summon up the guts to hit it. You just have to my fault, and not the course.
do it, which is, I think, why the ultimate
shot-maker, Hogan, did so well there during likes blind shots but that one is thrilling and into play. If anyone needs a four to win the
his only Open in 1953. so much fun to hit. The 15th is one of the Open and makes it, he will have earned his
No one ever describes Carnoustie as best par-4s on the course. The 16th might be victory. There is no faking it there.
“pretty.” But it ticks all the boxes. And it the best long par-3 in the world. The 17th is Indeed, if the quality of a course can
asks all the questions. It has the railway line weird but good. The approach to that green be measured by the quality of the players
running behind the 9th green and alongside is wonderful. who have won there, then Carnoustie has
the 10th fairway. (A links isn’t a real links Then there is the 18th. In truth, it is way nothing to prove. Tommy Armour and Henry
without a train). It has some blind shots, most too hard. But, like the Road Hole on the Old Cotton were genuinely great golfers. So was
memorably over the “Spectacle” bunkers at Course, if you play it as a three-shot hole it Hogan, maybe the best ever. Gary Player. Tom
the par-5 14th. And it builds right from the 1st is an easy five. It should be easy for every Watson. Paul Lawrie – one of the best links
hole, which is pretty straightforward, to an professional in the field this year to have a players on the European Tour during the past
amazing finish. putt from less than 15-feet for par. Every 25 years. Padraig Harrington, in the year Rory
The last six holes are universally brilliant. time. If that is your mentality. Where it gets McIlroy won the silver medal as the leading
The par-3 13th is a little beauty. And the “interesting” is when you try to have a birdie amateur. It’s an impressive list. You clearly
Spectacles is a genuinely great hole. No one putt. That’s when all kinds of numbers come can’t win there unless you are great.

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BY B R E N DA N M O L O N E Y | G O L F AU S T R A L I A C O LUMNI
GOLFER

INGLIS’ VISION 30 YEARS ON


IT IS hard to accept that 30 years have Thomson, who was accompanied by his wife,
passed since the Bicentennial Classic was the beautiful movie star Viola Dana, whom he
played at Royal Melbourne and few of us will kissed before sinking the winning putt. The next
ever see another tournament as good. week General Harold Grimwade, a friend of
It was staged in 1988 by the late David Inglis, Brookes and patriarch of a very wealthy Victorian
founder of the Australian Masters, who also family, put up enough money for the field to play
brought Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones at his club, Peninsula, in Frankston. A ditty at the
Jnr. to Australia to design the Heritage and time ran:
National courses respectively. Inglis felt golf was Frankston is a pretty place,
not doing anything to mark Australia’s 200th Full of shady nooks,
birthday so he attracted the majority of the Where God knows the Grimwades
world’s top 50 players to Royal Melbourne with And the Grimwades know the Brookes.
prizemoney of $1.5 million. Despite views to the contrary, I was
By today’s standards, the money does not not around for this event but was at the
sound a lot but at the time it was the biggest Bicentennial Classic and remember it as a
purse ever seen in Australia. Back then The fabulous time in Australian golf. The previous
Age newspaper cost 40 cents and $1.5 million week Mark Calcavecchia won the Australian
would have bought 600,000 papers. Today the Open and $63,000 at Royal Sydney and the in his private jet to play oyal elbourne for the
cover price is $3, so on this comparison the week after, also at Royal Melbourne, they played first time. He caused a fuss when he innocently
prizemoney in 2018 would be $11.25 million. the World Cup. described the layout as a “good members’
To find the next biggest purse we have Inglis’ dream of honouring his homeland with course” but the abiding memory was the press
to go back in time, not forward. It was 1934 the Classic was not immediately embraced by conference he did at Essendon Airport. It was
when Victoria celebrated its centenary and the all. During the Masters at Huntingdale, ABC the last airport arrival that journalists of my era
government appointed tennis great Norman broadcaster Graeme “Smokey” Dawson got can remember covering. It marked the end of a
Brookes to stage a series of sporting events up in the press tent at 2.30 p.m. on Monday tradition as old as newspapers which included
including a tournament at Metropolitan Golf Club November 21 and declared that if it went ahead ‘Argus’ golf writer Jack Dillon meeting Alister
with a purse of £2,000 ($4,000). At the time a he would walk the length of Bourke Street MacKenzie on the ship in 1926 when he came
20-day cruise from Sydney to Noumea cost 30 naked. It was a big claim so I wrote it down to design Royal Melbourne’s new course.
guineas ($63) so the winner could have taken it and got him to sign it while Rob Grant from At the Classic, Peter Thomson, writing for The
and invited more than 60 friends. AAP was a witness. Inglis, who died of motor Age, tipped Jumbo Ozaki and Ben Crenshaw
The money attracted a team of America’s neurone disease in 2003, had it framed on his as the best chances while I suggested Greg
best pros led by Gene Sarazen while the Hon. office wall and left it to me. Dawson claims he Norman and Calcavecchia, as likely winners.
Michael Scott, winner of the inaugural Australian made the walk, a distance of two kilometres, at Jumbo caught the eye of all by hitting 50 balls
Open in 1904, turned up with the British midnight but I don’t believe him. from the range onto the roof of the maintenance
Amateur team. It was won by American Jimmy Part of the Classic hype was Nicklaus arriving shed, a carry of 275 metres, while the others
couldn’t even reach the wall with their best
drives. Thomson was a far better judge, with
Jumbo only a shot behind Fred Couples after the
first round. Crenshaw shot 65 on the second
day to lead Couples and Rodger Davis by two.
In the end it came down to a shoot-out
between the latter two, which Davis won with
a par on the second extra hole after tying on 17
under. A shot behind was a kid by the name of
Brett Ogle and a further shot back were Hale
Irwin and Crenshaw.
Davis walked away with $500,000 and
handed $50,000 to his caddie Max Cunningham.
Couples had to console himself with $165,000
and Ogle, 24, probably thought he was set
for life with $90,000. Will we ever see the like
again? Will an experienced writer bemoan a
caddie earning more in a week than he would
make in a year? It is highly unlikely.
Inglis is gone and the Grimwades give their
spare money to charity these days. Kerry Packer
put a huge amount of money into golf but he’s
gone too. Bill Hamel, the boss of Holden, and
PHOTOS: BRENDAN MOLONEY

Bob Mansfield, who ran Optus, were keen


Your correspondent with
David Inglis at the launch of golfers and hands-on at the tournaments they
the Bicentennial Classic. sponsored. One can only hope we find another
known to God before too much longer.

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FROM
BENDIGO
TO THE

Lucas Herbert has made a knack of putting himself in


contention at the biggest events in Australian golf and
the long hitter will hope to do the same on the world
stage this month, as he makes his first ever Open
Championship start at Carnoustie.
WORDS JIMMY EMANUEL PHOTOGRAPHY GETTY IMAGES

T
he Victorian town of Bendigo has a jumper or a baggy green cap.
strong sporting history primarily “If you asked me in winter, it was I wanted to
rooted in Australian Rules football be a Brownlow medallist and the captain of the
and cricket, with AFL’s Selwood brothers Western Bulldogs. And if you asked me in summer
among the town’s most famous exports. it was I want to be the captain of the Australian
However if Lucas Herbert’s form of the past Test team,” Herbert says of his sporting
two years – where he has risen from outside aspirations growing up.
the top-1,000 in the world ranking to as high as “Then I think I made the junior primary
No.143 and earned two major championship school’s team in grade four and I’d always kind of
starts – is to continue, Bendigo could become played golf because mum and dad and everyone in
equally famous for its golfing pedigree. the family sort of played it. And I had good hand
Interestingly, the 22-year-old admits now he eye co-ordination.
originally planned to take the well-trodden path “But then I really enjoyed playing the
into a team sport with dreams of donning an AFL tournaments I guess, and I was always kind of a

golf australia | JULY 2018 35


small kid, so I was always going to struggle playing Having slept the whole way, a somewhat year’s Australian Open playing alongside Jason
footy just because I was going to get knocked refreshed Herbert repaid his parent’s eforts Day over the weekend.
around … so golf was just going to be a bit easier on by firing a 67 to earn one of the final places in Fresh of a runner-up finish at the NSW Open,
my body that way and I think just the individual the field at The Australian Golf Club, where he and later confessing to being “nervous as hell”
aspect of it.” finished T23. at the prospect of playing with Day, Herbert
The decision to hang up his footy boots The Victorian’s 2014 performances ofered a performed admirably and took more positives
and focus on golf was a good one for Herbert, window into his future as a big event player – a than negative from his tie for sixth, despite
as he prepares to take part in the 147th Open characteristic which has improved through his missing one of three spots in The Open. An ability
Championship beginning July 19 having made his work with mental performance coach Jamie he acknowledges was lacking in his early days as
major championship debut at Shinnecock Hills Glazier, who has brought structure to a sometimes a professional.
last month. intentionally unstructured player. “As much as I was nervous and whatnot playing
Herbert first rose to prominence over a “I started working with Jamie pretty much as with him, I actually thought there was maybe a
couple of fairytale weeks in 2014, starting at the soon as I turned pro, that was the end of 2015,” couple of things mentally that I thought I did a
Australian Masters, where he finished T11 as an Herbert said. little bit better, that maybe might have had half
18-year-old amateur. “I’m pretty relaxed, so trying to keep structure a shot or one shot diference coming down the
Firing a course record third round of 65 at is really hard for me, I tend to free wheel it a little stretch on Sunday,” he said. “Obviously, I think he
Metropolitan Golf Club then leading the likes bit and maybe not quite to the intensity it needs had me covered in a lot of diferent areas, but it
of Adam Scott at one point on Sunday, before a to be, so he’s been really good in putting enough was good to see, in person as well, how he hits
double bogey at the 72nd hole cost him a spot in structure in there for me, because too much the ball, what sort of ball flight he takes, what
the following week’s Australian Open. structure I kind of … it’s almost to the point where sort of shots he is picking for all sorts of
Not to be deterred, and showing the exuberance if I’m supposed to be putting at 10 o’clock I’ll do diferent situations. I really liked that side of
of youth as well as the endless dedication of anything other than putting at 10 o’clock just the experience.”
parents, Lucas, father Lyndon and mother because I can’t stand working to a schedule And it didn’t take him long to apply what he had
Meredith piled into the family car and drove like that.” learned from Day, earning his place alongside him
through the night to Sydney, via Bendigo, for Herbert’s relaxed attitude is indeed one of his at Carnoustie through a tie for eighth in January’s
Australian Open pre-qualifying. greatest assets, and was on full display at last Singapore Open, won by Sergio Garcia, who the

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Herbert earned his Open
start with a high finish at the
Singapore Open.

I’VE HAD THE YARDAGE BOOK OUT FROM


CARNOUSTIE WHEN I PLAYED THERE A COUPLE
OF YEARS AGO AND SORT OF HAD A BIT OF A FLIP
THROUGH IT A FEW TIMES NOW …
– LUCAS HERBERT
Victorian also teed it up alongside at the 2017 some stage at Carnoustie. Something that has four or 10 other guys anywhere. He enjoys doing
Australian PGA Championship, where he shared surely entered his mind, despite trying to keep a what he does because we get to hang out, it’s not
seventh place during his breakout summer of golf. lid on his excitement. so much because he absolutely loves coaching,”
Two European Tour top-fives since have “I’m trying to sort of not get too hyped about it, Herbert said.
further elevated Herbert’s standing as he prepares just because I know that week is going to be pretty Watch Glazier, Azzopardi and the others
for his first Open on a familiar course and for a taxing on me mentally, in the way that I’m going to around Herbert that he refers to in the Jordan
style of golf he understands and believes will suit be so hyped up that it’s going to be hard to keep all Spieth manner of “we” and it is clear they all enjoy
his power game. the emotions as dull as possible and try and treat working with him, even with the regular barbs
“I played a UK summer with the amateur it like another event,” Herbert said. between the group, who the Victorian plans on
guys back in 2015 so I played Carnoustie, played “But yeah, from a young age obviously you want utilising even more after his recent addition to the
Panmure, which is right next to Carnoustie, it’s a to obviously win major championships … I’ve had Golf Australia Rookie Squad – a group designed to
very links golf course as well, played St Andrews, the yardage book out from Carnoustie when I deliver Australian major champions.
I played Troon and I played Birkdale whilst I was played there a couple of years ago and sort of had “It’s a massive one, my team that I’ve got
over there, so sort of got enough experience to a bit of a flip through it a few times now, it’s sort of around me they get a lot out of coming to
kind of see what links golf is about,” Herbert said. sitting next to my TV just kind of there for me to tournament weeks, so that GA funding just allows
“I’d watched British Opens beforehand and keep an eye on.” them to get to more tournaments and be able
you’re seeing guys putting from like 50 yards of Glazier will certainly be working hard with to do more work with me,” Herbert said of the
the green and I just couldn’t understand and I was Herbert to keep things under wraps in the lead cash injection that also allows him to employ an
like why don’t they just pitch it like a normal shot. up as part of ‘Team Herbert’ that also includes experienced caddie.
But then once you get over there you realise why Lucas’ long-term coach Dominic Azzopardi, who “My caddie’s done three British Opens I’m
they’re doing that and how everything’s played so has already made a reconnaissance mission to pretty sure, he said try and play at least one of the
diferently over there.” Scotland with his lone student. practice rounds with the more experienced guys.
Herbert’s experience in the game’s home “Me and Dom are obviously really good mates, They’re going to know the places to hit chip shots
and habit of putting his best foot forward on so I think that’s probably the main reason why our from around the greens and they’re going to know
the biggest stage, means it wouldn’t come as a relationship works really well and I don’t think the putts you’re likely to have, the pin positions
surprise if his name was on the leaderboard at he’s really got a lot of interest in coaching three or that are likely to be there, the winds that are likely

golf australia | JULY 2018 37


IT’S ALMOST,
PEOPLE HAVE
TO REMIND ME
SOMETIMES THAT I’M
IN THE PUBLIC EYE
A LITTLE BIT MORE
THAN JUST YOUR
AVERAGE PUNTER
OFF THE STREET. BUT
I’M JUST A KID FROM
BENDIGO ...

that either of us are right, I just like being able to


have the argument.”
Although forthright at times and perhaps
overly passionate in the past, Herbert’s interest
in and views on the game’s future are to be
commended and displays his maturation into one
of the best Australian golfers over a short period.
“I don’t think golf’s in as bad a shape as what
everyone makes it out to be but it would be
awesome if someone came through like what
Shark did, and really made everyone love golf
and really want to turn on the TVs and watch golf
again,” he said.
Herbert Herbert has an opportunity to be that person if
confessed he exceeds his “vague goal” of a top-25 and joins
playing
alongside Ben Hogan and Tom Watson as Open debutants
Jason Day claiming victory at Carnoustie.
was nerve- An achievement which, after a long pause
wracking.
and with clarification, he admits he would now
prefer over the Brownlow he once pined for as a
youngster in Bendigo.
“Obviously I’m going to say the Claret Jug
to come up through the week. heavyweights. aren’t I, but everyone sort of talks down a
“I would love to go and play a round with, “It’s almost, people have to remind me Brownlow as well because it’s a team sport so
whether it was Scotty or J Day, or any of the other sometimes that I’m in the public eye a little bit everyone wants to spur the individual accolades.
Aussies that are going to be there, and try and find more than just your average punter of the street. And a Brownlow Medal is votes from an umpire
out as much as I can of them.” But I’m just a kid from Bendigo, who still has his whereas a Claret Jug is earnt from quality of golf
And while he is a fast learner who is likely to own views,” Herbert said. shots you hit out on a course and I think it’s a little
quickly adapt to major championship golf, it is “I want to show that I’m just a normal person, bit more, not that there is a hell of a lot of politics
worth remembering that Herbert is still learning I don’t think I’m anything special and I don’t that go into the votes for a Brownlow medal, but I
the ropes of professional golf and all that comes think that I should be treated any diferently just guess you can say the wrong thing to an oicial in
with it. Something that has become apparent because I’m good at my job or anything like that. golf and still win the tournament,” he shrugged.
through his use of Twitter, which he managed to And a lot of the stuf with someone like ‘Clayts’ And as someone not afraid of speaking his
successfully use to campaign for an exemption (Mike Clayton) is pretty good banter, I’ve got mind, Herbert appears certain to still win plenty
into the Australian Open in 2016 and where a diferent opinion on the issue and he’s got an of golf tournaments and perhaps even Australia’s
he has gone head-to-head with some industry opinion on the issue, I hope I haven’t really said next Claret Jug.

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BAR R EN
YEARSIt has been 25 years since Greg Norman won
The Open at Royal St George’s. There have been
close calls since but the claret jug continues to dodge
Australian hands. Will one of the seven Aussies
heading to Carnoustie end the drought?
WORDS MICHAEL JONES

T
wenty-five years have passed since Open than any other major championship – but
Shane Warne delivered the ball the coveted Claret Jug has now eluded the kiss
of the century to Mike Gatting of an Australian for longer than any of the game’s
and Paul Keating won the ‘unwinnable four most prestigious trophies.
election’. Australia’s population was still Jason Day hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at
under 18 million and Allan Border was set Whistling Straits in 2015; Adam Scott famously
to become the greatest run scorer in the donned the Green Jacket in 2013; and Geof
history of Test cricket. It has also been 25 Ogilvy won the US Open at Winged Foot in 2006.
years since an Australian was triumphant The last time Australia experienced such an
at golf’s oldest and most celebrated extensive drought at the Open came between
tournament; The Open Championship, Peter Thomson’s fifth victory in 1965 and Greg
which was won in record fashion by Greg Norman’s maiden major title at Turnberry
Norman in 1993 at Royal St George’s. in 1986.
Australians have found more success at the That’s not to say there haven’t been cases of

golf australia | JULY 2018 41


Ian Baker-Finch claimed the
Claret Jug ahead of fellow
Aussie Mike Harwood.

Craig Parry (above) made a run at the title


in 1999. Elkington and Stuart Appleby made
it to the play-off at Muirfield in 2002.

Steve Elkington was only a few


shots shy of the play-off at St
Andrews in 1995.

near misses for men from Down Under; on the and Stuart Appleby joined Thomas Levet and “Even though there’s failure at the end of it for
contrary, there have been plenty of ‘what ifs’ and eventual champion Ernie Els in the epic four- me, I still put myself in position to really show a
if onlys’ since The Shark broke – what was, at the way, four-hole play-of at Muirfield. But it wasn’t lot of other people that you can go do something if
time – the aggregate scoring record. to be, as both of our players failed to fire. you really want it.”
Those close calls began with Steve Elkington “As an Australian, we have certainly had an The following year, in 2009, Matthew Goggin
at the Old Course in 1995. The New South ailiation with this tournament for many years,” was one shot of the lead on Sunday morning at
Welshman, who now resides in Texas, was three Appleby said. “We probably have a stronger hold Turnberry. But the Tasmanian carded three-over
shots of the lead heading into the final round outside of the Europeans with the British Open 73 to finish two shots out of a play-of.
but shot two-over 74 to finish two shots out of as anybody.” “I mean, it’s the best I’ve played in a major,”
the playof. Brett Ogle, Greg Norman and Robert Ten years ago, Greg Norman became the Goggin said. “It was a great day and a very
Allenby also finished within a handful of shots of oldest player in championship history to hold disappointing day.”
making the play-of. the lead heading into the final round. The then Adam Scott then famously collapsed at the
Craig Parry then came painfully close to 53-year-old was two strokes clear at Royal 2012 championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes,
having his name engraved on the Jug in 1999 at Birkdale – but he shot seven-over 77 to surrendering his four-shot bufer and losing by
Carnoustie – rocketing to the lead with seven eventually share third place. one stroke to Ernie Els after bogeying each of his
holes to play. But the popular ‘Paz’ immediately “Obviously I’m disappointed,” Norman said. final four holes.
made triple-bogey and finished tied-fourth. “That would be an understatement if I didn’t “I can’t justify anything that I’ve done out
“The golf course was eventually going to get say I was disappointed. But it was a tough day there,” Scott said. “I didn’t finish the tournament
everyone, and it got me on the back nine … I felt today. I think at the end of the day, a lot of people well today. But next time – and I’m sure there will
like I threw it away,” Parry said. should take stock that no matter how old you are, be a next time – hopefully I can do a better job
Then, in 2002, Australia had two chances of if you really want to chase something and chase a of it. I don’t think I’ve ever played this well in a
seizing back the trophy when both Elkington dream, you can go do it. major championship, so that’s a good thing for me

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Scott went
close again
in 2013 when
Phil Mickelson
surged to
the title at
Muirfield.

Marc Leishman’s bid at St


Andrews in 2015 was thwarted
by a drive finishing in a divot.

A dejected
Adam Scott
after four
bogies in the
final four holes
cost him the
Open in 2012.

moving forward.” able to take it, but that’s golf, unfortunately,” we have assembled in quite some time – and it
Scott finished four shots of the lead the Leishman said. “I’m happy. Don’t worry about presents a very realistic chance of ending the
following year at Muirfield and tied for third that. I’ve just finished second in the Open. Yeah, barren years before they extend beyond the
place, before sharing fifth with Marc Leishman at I could have won it, but look, my perspective is quarter-century mark.
Royal Liverpool in 2014. quite good at the moment. Day and Leishman are both firing on all
Leishman continued that good form the “I can go home tomorrow and hug Audrey and cylinders; Scott always seems to find his best
following year at the Old Course at St Andrews. the boys and celebrate a little bit, I guess. It would in time for the championship; Cameron Smith
In fact, with the final pairings within view of have been nice to have a Claret Jug to drink out of is already one of the finest young talents in
the Auld Grey Toon Leishman, Scott and Jason to celebrate, but I’ll find something else.” the world; Brett Rumford and Matt Jones are
Day occupied three of the top four spots on the Last year, at Royal Birkdale, Leishman was the now both experienced Open campaigners; and
leaderboard. Surely the drought would be broken. highest-finishing Australian and tied for sixth Cameron Davis and Lucas Herbert have both
But it wasn’t to be. place, having signed for the best score of the shown a liking for links-style golf.
Vital missed putts from Scott and Day late in weekend (nine-under 131). There is nothing to suggest that any one of
the round sealed their fate. Leishman also had “Considering I made the cut on the number, those players won’t join Peter Thomson (5), Greg
his chances to win the Championship outright it turned into a good week,” Leishman said. Norman (2), Kel Nagle (1) and Ian Baker-Finch
but ended up in a three-way play-of against “Take that 76 out Friday and it could be a (1) in becoming an Australian Champion Golfer
Louis Oosthuizen and eventual champion Zach diferent story.” of the Year.
Johnson. When the big Victorian’s tee shot on the It has certainly become a frustrating case of Australian golf fans have waited patiently for
first extra hole rolled into a divot, his run at the near misses for Australians since Greg Norman the past 25 years. Here’s hoping one of our boys
Claret Jug was all but over. found success at Royal St George’s. will repay the favour and reignite our love afair
“I’m obviously pretty disappointed at the But, thankfully, the Aussie contingent heading with an event Norman once described as: “The
minute, having a chance to win it and not being to Carnoustie this month is one of the strongest Open Championship of the world.”

golf australia | JULY 2018 43


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ON
PAST CHAMPI

Padraig
The Irishman has endured a series of incredible highs and
lows on the course since he claimed the Auld Claret Jug in
2007. Here, he reflects on how he tamed Carnoustie and how
it ultimately proved to be the turning point of his career. Ź
WORDS JACK MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY GETTY IMAGES

golf australia | JULY 2018 45


A
t 46 years of age and struggling to win a major. With that win, I had finally done it ahead of the play-of and helped me to go on
pull up any more trees, Padraig and my standing in golf had changed forever.” and win.”
Harrington now often finds himself As he mentions the play-of you should begin to Eleven years on, Harrington will arrive at
looking back rather than forwards. recall that victory was not plain sailing for Carnoustie a very diferent player to the one who
But with an illustrious 22-year career yielding Harrington, even though it really ought to have won his first major. Today he is in the twilight of
three majors, 12 European Tour wins, three PGA been. Heading to the final hole of regulation play his career hoping to rekindle past glories, but back
Tour victories and six Ryder Cup appearances, it’s he only needed a par or, as it turned out, a bogey to then, Harrington was at the peak of his powers
not hard to see why he afords himself the luxury win The Open. But the Dubliner contrived to and in terrific form, having won his national Open
of reminiscing. make a double-bogey six, which allowed Spaniard only two months earlier.
Certainly, the Irishman sits in with the legends Sergio Garcia, who had led for the first three However, at the same time, although he may not
of the game. Though sometimes it is easy to forget rounds, to force a nail-biting play-of. be the force he once was, he has not forgotten the
his ascension into golf’s history books was Most golfers in that situation, with a major title formula needed to win in the small Scottish
kick-started by the tense Open Championship having seemingly slipped through their hands, seaside town, as he begins planning for his return
victory in 2007 at Carnoustie, the setting for this would be completely dejected and in a muddle to the 168-year-old course.
year’s oldest major. With very fond memories, mentally. So how did Harrington manage to regain “Carnoustie is not a tricky golf course,”
Harrington recollects that week when his career his composure and belief to go and play four Harrington said. “It’s a solid one which rewards
suddenly skyrocketed to new heights. more holes? great ball striking. You could say that you need to
“When I holed that winning putt on the fourth “There was a lot going through my mind,” avoid the treacherous bunkers at all costs,
play-of hole it was a little surreal,” Harrington Harrington said. “When I tapped in for six on the because there is no way you can reach the green
says. “I asked myself ‘have I actually done it?’. Yes, final hole, I felt like I had lost and was in despair. I from any of them.
it was a dream come true but there was a huge thought I had thrown it away. But as I walked of “But, on the other side, you can’t lay up and be
sense of relief. This was what I needed to do the green, Patrick, my four-year-old son at the too defensive of the tee as, ultimately, you will
for myself. time, ran towards me and jumped into my arms. It find it hard to reach the green. That means you
“If I hadn’t won a major in my career it would was so important because I got this distinct sense just have to play extremely well and hit your spots
have been hugely disappointing. Going into 2007, from him that in his eyes I was a champion and on the fairway. That’s what I did in 2007.”
I was being touted as one of the best players not to not a loser. This changed my mind-set entirely In fact, after Carnoustie, Harrington went on to

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hit a lot more spots in the following 13 months as
he added two more majors to his CV – retaining
SOMETIMES, WHEN I’M AT HOME,
the Claret Jug the following year at Royal Birkdale
and winning the US PGA Championship in
I LOOK AT OTHER GREAT PLAYERS,
Detroit, four weeks later. WHO HAVEN’T WON THREE MAJORS,
Harrington, who is at peace with what he has
accomplished, notes that his mental approach
AND THE ENORMITY OF WHAT I’VE
was the key to success but also pays homage to the ACHIEVED SUDDENLY HITS ME.
great start he had to his European career, which
saw three top 10s and a Spanish Open win within – PADRAIG HARRINGTON
his first eight events.
“I get more satisfaction now than I did at the but, in some ways, I wish I still had that fear as I All of a sudden, however, a change of swing at
time,” Harrington said. “You realise how hard it is was motivated by it. the end of 2008, in an efort to improve his game
to win a major, especially as the time gets longer “Ultimately, there are a million components further, led to declining form as he went seven
since my last one. Sometimes, when I’m at home, I that go into success. But I do think it was years without a win on the European or PGA
look at other great players, who haven’t won three self-confidence and belief. I never went out there Tours. It’s often suggested that the decision to
majors, and the enormity of what I’ve achieved thinking I can’t do this or can’t do that. Sometimes tinker with his swing efectively ended his
suddenly hits me. when I spoke to other great Irish golfers they competitive career. Yet Harrington rejects that
“If you want to be a great pro, you definitely need would believe that somebody from Ireland can’t notion entirely.
a strong start to help you believe that you belong. win majors. I didn’t ever think like that.” “Well, statistically I played my best golf in
Luckily, I got that. I’ve seen many other good After claiming the last of his three majors, 2009,” says Harrington, with an air of irritation.
golfers get of to a bad start and found it hard, Harrington rose to a high of No.3 in the world “And from tee to green my best golf in 2012. I did
thereon in, to show their quality. For the first 10 ranking. As mentioned, fighting fit and in the form lose the putter a bit, but I had got plenty of wins in
years playing professionally I always thought if I of his life, the golfing universe looked to be at his that period in other countries.
took my foot of the pedal this life could all be gone feet with most predicting that two or three more “I set myself high standards after the three
tomorrow. There was a fear there. I’m older now, majors would follow. majors, I accept that, and people like to pull out Ź

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statistics following the change of my technique
but, at the end of the day, golf is highs and lows. If
it wasn’t, the same golfers would be winning for
40 years. It’s hard to keep playing at the top of
your game consistently.”
For somebody who began playing Gaelic football
and did not start fully concentrating on golf until
he was 14, Harrington has certainly forged a
fantastic career. But, as he points out, his
achievements over the years have not come lightly
as, in his late teens as an amateur, when he was
still not even sure if he was good enough to pursue
golf, he had to balance his accountancy studies at
night with practice in the afternoon.
It was not until he reached 24 when he turned
professional that he says his confidence elevated
and he began to think he could go far. Being so
committed to his game over the last two decades
and playing all over the world, you do wonder,
though, if he ever feels regret having been away so
much from his wife, Caroline, and two sons,
Patrick and Ciaran.
“Yes, absolutely, it’s the only drawback of my
career,” says Harrington, with a little hint of
sorrow in his voice. “I’ve talked to older pros about
it and they often feel the same. Luckily my two
sons have only known the life I live, so it’s not like
a businessman suddenly going away for a few days
here and there, which can be a lot harder.
“I think my family recognise that we have all got
a good life out of golf. And the way I try to look at it
is that in life nothing is free. There is always a
sacrifice. But there’s no doubt that sense of regret
is always on my mind.”
With his playing career winding down,
something else that is surely on his mind is the
Ryder Cup and the possibility of being European
captain in 2020.
As Harrington rightly identifies, it is not an easy
role to assume. However, being a European icon
and having already served as a vice-captain under
the last two captains, Paul McGinley and Darren
Clarke – and will be one of five assistant captains
to Thomas Bjorn in France later this year – he
must be encouraged about his chances.
“If I’m honest, yes, I’d love to be Ryder Cup
captain,” Harrington said. “I’m at that stage of my
career now where it doesn’t look like I can qualify
for the team, so I’ve got to start thinking of putting
my name in the hat, for sure, but it’s not a foregone
conclusion at all. It’s diicult to get selected.”
Playing professionally over three diferent
decades, it is safe to say, Harrington has seen all
there is to see in golf. But with the game
innovating to attract new audiences, the Irish
stalwart is keen to try out tournaments with
diferent formats.
For instance, in April, he played alongside
compatriot, Shane Lowry, in the Zurich Classic in
New Orleans – which the PGA Tour changed to a
two-man team event last year. So, with hindsight,
what did he make of it?
“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I think the field
there told the whole story. Two years ago, the
tournament had the worst field on the PGA Tour.
But this year it had 10 of the top 14 players in the
world, as well as all four of last year’s major
champions. And that hasn’t happened for years.
“I think golf needs to innovate to prevent the
game from being perceived as boring. The way I
look at it is that we have the four majors, and they

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should be always the traditional 72-holes along
with the national opens. But we’re in the
entertainment business, so diferent formats
should be tested in the other events.”
Harrington’s embrace for anything that goes
against the norm should hardly come as a surprise
considering, as a man of small margins, he once
used a spirit level at Augusta to measure the
gradient of a slope on one of the greens. Indeed,
clearly, he is hugely studious about the game but
perhaps that has been his undoing in recent years.
Yet, it must be said, his attitude and unshakeable
belief in his own ability was undoubtedly the key
to his major wins. Hence, as you would expect,
when finally asked if he thinks he can win the
upcoming Open and what his plans are for the
future, his response embodies his optimistic and
eccentric character.
“Yes, I do think I can win at Carnoustie,” he
concludes. “I do have an advantage on links
courses. If we get the bad conditions – really
strong winds – I feel like I can cope with it better
IF WE GET THE BAD CONDITIONS – than other players. Put it this way if I am going to
win another major, this would be it.
REALLY STRONG WINDS – I FEEL LIKE “I’m still fascinated by golf. I think I will be

I CAN COPE WITH IT BETTER THAN involved in golf until my last day. While I’m
competitive, I’ll keep playing on the American and
OTHER PLAYERS. PUT IT THIS WAY IF European Tours. The next step will be to go onto
the Champions Tour. Then, if somebody wants to
I AM GOING TO WIN ANOTHER MAJOR, carry me out at 80 years of age to wave to the
THIS WOULD BE IT. crowd at some golf resort around the world, I’ll be
there. This is who I am.”

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THE COURSE

CARN
back to the beast

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OUSTIE
The golfing world turns its focus to Scotland this month with the 147th Open
Championship set to make its return to the most challenging layout on the
rota, Carnoustie – a small town course, which has played a significant
role in the history of the game globally.
WORDS BRENDAN JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID CANNON / GETTY IMAGES

A view of the 5th green and


its surrounds down to Hogan’s
Alley on the par-5 6th.

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C
arnoustie is not a name that game here forever. The trio became good friends can do that at Carnoustie.
immediately jumps of any map during their caddying days at Carnoustie and, as Each hole’s characteristics difer from the
of Scotland. teenagers, had competed against each other. In next. At no point during the round do more than
In fact, it’s a ‘wee’ seaside town of about 11,000 1898, Clark and Soutar played in the final of the two consecutive holes head to the same point on
people, which lies on the east coast beside the famous Dalhousie Cup at Carnoustie, with Soutar, the compass. The problems of club selection or
North Sea about 70km from the outskirts then an apprentice carpenter, winning the judgement of distance complicated by the wind,
of Edinburgh. match 2 & 1. therefore, are ever-changing adding to the terrific
While it is a ‘wee’ place that most outside Clark and Soutar dominated the Australian challenge and fun of playing this great course.
Scotland and the game of golf may never have Open Championship for many years and when The first real golf course at Carnoustie was
heard of, there is no questioning its massive they were not making clubs and giving lessons out planned and laid out in the early 1830s by Robert
impact on the development of golf globally and, in of the workshop at Royal Sydney Golf Club they Chambers, a publisher from Edinburgh. But it
particular, Australia and the United States. were advising other clubs on course design. was Alan Robertson of St Andrews who, in 1850,
Between 1898 and 1930, nearly 300 When their playing days were behind them designed the basics of the Championship course
Carnoustians left their home to seek their Clark, Soutar and Scott – all long-time club pros that is in play today, while Old Tom Morris
fortunes abroad and in doing so took the game – were well sort after course designers and much redesigned and extended it to a full 18 holes in
around the world. Known as the ‘Sons of of the inspiration for their creative work had its 1867. In 1891, Arthur George Maule Ramsey, 14th
Carnoustie’, they played a major role in pioneering roots back in Carnoustie. Earl of Dalhousie, sold the links to the town on
professional golf and course design in the United Today, the Carnoustie Golf Links is far condition it would be maintained for all time as
States, across Europe, India, China, South Africa, more familiar to golfers as a host of The Open a golf course. A three-day bazaar was held
New Zealand and Australia. Championship and will host the 147th edition in Dundee, which raised enough funds for
Three Sons of Carnoustie – Carnegie Clark, this month. the purchase.
Dan Soutar and James Herd Scott – arrived in There are few courses on this planet that you The legendary James Braid put his stamp on
Sydney in 1902 and would ultimately change the can walk away and say it has no weakness, but you Carnoustie in 1926 and while the members were

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The penal ‘Spectacles’ bunkers
en route to the green on the
par-5 14th hole.

pleased with Braid’s work, they felt the finishing The infamous ‘Island’ fairway
holes were a bit weak. Leading into the 1937 on the 17th hole has killed many
Open dreams.
Open Championship, the closing three holes were
rebuilt by local architect, James Wright, who
created what is regarded by many as the toughest
closing three holes in golf.
Having notched up some high numbers on
these holes I can vouch for their strength. That
said, Jean Van de Velde made the 18th hole look
much harder than it really is … even from the
back tee.
The natural feature that ramps up the diiculty
of the dual par-4 closing holes is the snaking
Barry Burn, which shot to worldwide fame with
Van de Velde’s 72nd hole meltdown in the 1999
Open Championship. When the Frenchman
clambered down the mossy stonewall, with
shoes of and trousers rolled up, ready to play his
ball from the cool clear water, he wrote his way
into Open folklore. For most golfers who play
Carnoustie, thoughts of Van de Velde undoubtedly
cross their mind well before reaching the 18th tee.
Carnoustie has hosted the Open just seven

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Jean Van de Velde had a final
hole meltdown which cost him
the Claret Jug in 1999.

Padraig Harrington also tangled


with Barry Burn before winning
in a play-off in 2007.

The dynamic
duo – the 17th
fairway (right)
and the 18th
hole, will be the
scene of plenty
of Open drama.

times and the club warmly embraces each one of slightly left of the fairway will find the burn. In
its Opens like a member of the family. Some day 1999, Craig Parry’s run to win his first major
there will be a plaque to commemorate Van de THERE ARE championship came to an abrupt end with a
Velde’s calamitous eforts. In the meantime, there
is a plaque out by the 6th tee commemorating Ben FEW COURSES YOU double-bogey six. He birdied the 18th hole to
finish a shot out of the play-of.
Hogan’s play on the par-5 en route to winning the
1953 Open Championship. The ‘wee ice mon’ took
CAN WALK AWAY The diiculty of Carnoustie’s closing hole is
well-documented on the back of Van de Velde’s
the tight driving line between fairway bunkers FROM AND SAY meltdown in 1999. But consider this also.
and the out-of-bounds fence on all four days,
two of those in a stif left-to-right crosswind.
IT HAS NO In 2007, Padraig Harrington made four birdies
and then eagled the 14th and was obviously
Standing on the tee now, and looking at Hogan’s WEAKNESS, BUT playing well when he reached the 18th hole. The
tight driving line … its shake-your-head-in- 499-yard par-4 features Barry Burn again and is
amazement stuf. YOU CAN DO THAT in play to the right and left of the hole and also
Players in the field of this year’s Open will find
a tough but fair layout – nothing like what was
AT CARNOUSTIE. short of the green. Fairway bunkers encroach
from the right and it was here that Johnny Miller
ofered in 1999 when some of the world’s best lost the 1975 Championship when he took two
golfers could not break 80 in the opening round. the trouble is short of the green. There are four shots to get out of the bunker. Harrington almost
Unlike a lot of ‘ancient’ courses in this part of bunkers – three right and one left – that all lie well did similar when he finished with a double-bogey
the world, Carnoustie reveals itself from the tee away from the tiered putting surface, which is 46 six leaving Sergio Garcia needing a par to win.
on every hole. There are no blind shots or hazards yards from front fringe to back. It is the devilish The Spaniard took a bogey. When the play-of
hidden beyond dunes. What you see is what you bunker short left that complicates the tee shot returned to the 18th, Harrington made a bogey but
get and, to be frank, Carnoustie doesn’t need here and contributes to the hole playing more it was good enough to claim the Claret Jug from a
sleight of hand tactics to be tough. like a par-3.5. During the 1975 Open, Tom Watson desperate Garcia, who could not make the birdie
This year’s championship will see the course couldn’t par the 16th in five attempts through four needed to keep the play-of alive.
ofer a tale of two nines. The outward nine will rounds and then the play of, which he won over This year’s Open promises to produce the same
see a plethora of red numbers and anything Jack Newton. drama coming down the stretch. The R&A has
gained heading out, will need to be banked and The original ‘Island’ hole presents on 17 – a overseen only minor tinkering of the great layout in
held onto for the inward nine and, in particular, 461-yard par-4 where Barry Burn twists its way the lead-up with the 3rd fairway widened and two
Carnoustie’s closing trio of holes. down the edge of this hole. The drive must be hit fairway bunkers repositioned while the 9th tee has
The 245-yard par-3 16th hole generally plays onto the island fairway to leave a long diicult been extended. Doing any more than that would be
into a headwind so it shouldn’t surprise that all approach to the green. Any tee shot hooking like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.

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BUNKERS101
Believe it or not, bunkers are not scattered across a golf course
simply to make your life a misery. The great designers used
them to improve the strategy of their creations, but, as Mike
Clayton points out here, not all bunkering is good and often it
can be misplaced to make a hole more difficult. Ź
WORDS GOLF AUSTRALIA ARCHITECTURE EDITOR MIKE CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHY GARY LISBON

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A
mongst the great architects who misery. Related is the commonly held view depth and texture and every lie flat and ‘fair’.
worked before World War II, the role bunkers should only afect ‘good players’ and The wind blows sand around. Some parts of
of bunkers wasn’t much debated. should never be placed where a short hitter a sand-based property are likely to have parts
They moved the game away from a penal era might go. where the native sand is more abundant than
of architecture where designers, very often If players accept bunkers are placed to make others. There is way more sand in the bunkers
golf professionals, positioned bunkers with the game more interesting, then why not place built into the dune at Kingston Heath’s 14th hole
the aim of merely catching poor shots. bunkers at random distances so occasionally the than there is on the flatter and heavier ground
Alister MacKenzie, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson, shorter hitters face the same decision a longer where they built the 5th green.
George Thomas and their contemporaries hitter finds on another hole? Either not building Rain leaves sand moist and ‘heavy’ and long
determined their bunkers would be used for bunkers or removing bunkers likely to catch periods of dry weather has the opposite efect.
dramatic efect as carry hazards and to enhance a shorter hitter, under the guise of them only Some bunkers get more water from greenside
the strategy. It was Thomas who called strategy afecting bad players, surely treats those with a irrigation sprinklers than others. Bunkers in
‘the soul of the game.’ sporting instinct with a level of contempt? shade dry out slower than those exposed to
Their bunkers were placed exactly where Why should ‘good players’ be the only ones full sun.
players wanted to go and thus to capture the dealing with the hazards? They are never going to be consistent.
almost perfect shot as opposed to the simple bad Greenside bunker shots are the one shot in the They never have been and thoughtful players
shot. MacKenzie reasoned those hitting bad shots game impossible to play with a bad grip and the understand they are hazards made to diferentiate
were likely having a hard enough time of it already resulting bad technique. You can occasionally hit the skills of those capable of understanding the
without him adding to their struggle. a decent drive or an acceptable iron with a poor question each lie and stance asks and those who
They rarely bunkered the outside edges of a grip but there isn’t a chance of playing an do not.
dogleg, instead preferring to guard the shortest efective shot out of the sand. The consequence The theory of bunkers is one part of the
line to the hole and leave open the wide route is golfers complain constantly and endlessly discussion but as important in the debate are
for the weaker players or those eschewing the about the condition of the bunkers rather than examples of bunkers and the varying roles they
challenge of the hazards and the subsequent blaming, or even understanding, their own play in the game.
reward of a better line into the green. Nor were technical inadequacies. The most famous is the Road Hole bunker, a
they much for ‘framing bunkers’ or what is They erroneously think bunkers should be tiny pot cut right into the edge of the 17th green
colloquially known these days as ‘eye candy’. ‘consistent’ when every single superintendent in at St Andrews. It’s penal but the irony of the most
Many golfers however come to the conclusion the country will tell you it’s a near impossibility strategic holes is they often rely on a penal hazard
bunkers are simply there to make their life a to make the sand in every bunker the exact same for their interest. The Road Hole, arguably the

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The famous Road Hole on the
Old Course at St Andrews.
MANY GOLFERS HOWEVER COME
TO THE CONCLUSION BUNKERS ARE
SIMPLY THERE TO MAKE THEIR LIFE A
MISERY. RELATED IS THE COMMONLY
HELD VIEW BUNKERS SHOULD ONLY
AFFECT ‘GOOD PLAYERS’ ...
best strategic hole in the game, is made by the MacKenzie who argued so long as there was room
bunker, an out-of-bounds line hard up against the to play short, over, left or right they added much to
right edge of the fairway and a road behind the the game. Many though who think a ‘perfect drive’
green for its interest. is one well hit, straight and with a good flight
This bunker is one dominating the shot to the detest it when their ‘perfect drive’ finishes up in
green and a bunker anyone who plays the Old a bunker.
Course with any regularity is bound to find often. It’s a failure to understand that he measure of
Another greenside bunker refusing to be the worth of a shot is its position in relation to the
ignored is ‘Big Bertha’ at the front left of Kingston one following – and unless you prefer to be in the
Heath’s great par-3, 15th hole. It’s brutally diicult bunker how can it be a perfect shot?
to play from and a great example of a hazard Peter Thomson built a few at Moonah Links
showing of the principle (as does the Road Hole as we copied the principles of the bunkers in the
bunker) that not every shot on a very playable middle of the 12th at Kingston Heath at Royal
course has to be playable for everybody. Queensland’s 7th hole.
The 17th on the West Course at Royal They are not to be overdone but well placed
Melbourne is the quintessential dogleg left par-4 they make for endlessly fascinating golf for those
with the bunker on the inside of the dogleg and who understand their point. For those who don’t
a huge greenside bunker guarding the right side they are sure to be just a pain.
of the green to make the approach more diicult As much can be learnt from badly placed
for the ‘timids flying right’, as Peter Thomson bunkers as well placed ones and at Killara in
once referred to those avoiding the challenge of a Sydney there are two par-5s – the 9th and 10th
hazard on the left. – showing of how not to bunker a hole. The
It is one of the best examples in the country of a Legends Tour for the over 50s play the Dave
bunker catching the ‘almost perfect’ drive. Mercer Pro-Am there every year to honour one
Centre-line bunkers on modern courses are of the nicest men in the game. And it’s a brilliant
almost always controversial yet they are the day but two holes there drive me completely crazy
basis of many holes at St Andrews and it was when I imagine just how much better they would

The par-3 15th at Kingston Heath


with the Big Bertha bunker in front.

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The fairway bunker left of the 17th
fairway on Royal Melbourne’s West
THE MOST Course is part of the hole’s strategy.

FAMOUS IS THE
ROAD HOLE
BUNKER, A TINY
POT CUT RIGHT
INTO THE EDGE OF
THE 17TH GREEN
AT ST ANDREWS.
IT’S PENAL BUT
THE IRONY OF THE
MOST STRATEGIC
HOLES IS THEY
OFTEN RELY ON
A PENAL HAZARD
FOR THEIR
INTEREST.
be if the ofending bunkers were only filled in. purpose, I’m never sure because if you are left of from Pine Valley and Muirfield, Shinnecock
The 9th is 425 metres but at some point it was it by 10 metres you are stuck behind the trees on Hills, Merion, Swinley Forest and the rest of the
presumably deemed to be ‘too easy’ and bunkers the left. more than 50 percent of courses in the world’s
were added on both sides of the fairway with a gap It’s a pity because a couple of days with a Top-100.
at its narrowest point of about 10 metres in order machine filling them in and they would be two of Any essay on the worth of bunkers would be
to make it a ‘harder’ hole. Maybe it is harder but the best holes on the course. The course would, incomplete without mention of the great 3rd hole
it’s not a principle ever shown of at a great hole. of course, be ‘easier’ and likely the objection at Royal Adelaide. It’s one of MacKenzie’s great
Lest you think they do something to solve a to filling them in. One assumes those arguing holes made by the uncertainty of a blind tee shot
boundary problem it’s a rare hazard on the ground the 9th would be too ‘easy’ would argue just as over a ridge, a wild dune bordering the right side
that does anything to stop a big high hook. vehemently it’d be ‘too hard’ if it was just made of the hole and a gnarly diagonal ridge protecting
Then at the next, a par-5 playing over a perfect a par-4, which at 425 meters is what it is. Or the left side of the long and narrow green.
piece of undulating land for a long two-shotter, a par-71 would be unacceptable because what So vexing is the question MacKenzie set, he
there is a blind bunker over the hill. For what course worth anything isn’t a par-72? Well, aside understood there was no need for a bunker.

The 3rd at Royal Adelaide is proof


that some well-designed holes do
not need to be bunkered.

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A GOLFER’S LIFE

The two-time Australian Open champion heads to St Andrews


for the 2018 Senior Open this month in the hope of recapturing
the form that saw him finish third in the championship 12
months ago. Here, one of the hardest working players of his
generation discusses his globetrotting career, injuries and
illnesses, golf after 50, anchored putting and the responsibility
of Australian players to the game in their home country.
WORDS JIMMY EMANUEL PHOTOGRAPHY GETTY IMAGES

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Lonard was a regular winner on
the Australasian Tour including
the Masters and PGA.

Lonard was
a broomstick
putter user
and he says
the authorities
stuffed up the
rule change.

T
he Senior Open was a nice start. I and give a few lessons or something, and go to the no better feeling than that.
suppose there is a great advantage footy every weekend well I’m ok with that as well.
when you’re 50, if you’ve been playing It’s not like some guys, it’s like their lives depend If I play continuously, I know I’ll have
the whole way through. I was lucky enough, on it. I’m a 50-50, but I was like that the whole probably one week where I can’t play or
my back didn’t go till I was about 41, then I way through. I’ll just chip it down the fairway and can
had to take a year or so of. Then I was lucky barely walk and all that sort of stuf. But
I had enough money to have little certain There is something incredible about I’ve learnt to look after my back far better
exemptions that I could play the Web.com. playing tournament golf. I’m not a great than I used too. Every night I’m lying on
Obviously, I didn’t have the firepower student of the game or anything like that. ice. Every morning I’ve got a heat pack on
to play that good on the Web.com and they I sort of know how my swing works and the way to the golf course, I’m taking anti-
definitely didn’t play courses that suited my that sort of business, but I just love playing inflammatories, I’m stretching, I’m doing
sort of game. But you know just the fact that tournament golf. My whole life I practised a all these exercises, at the end of the day I’m
I kept playing all the way through, once I got lot, and it’s just a lifestyle. Up until recently going to have days where its crap and days
to the seniors, it wasn’t a tough ask. Because it was very normal I’d spend all day at the when its ok, but to me it seems like the more
I hadn’t had six years of like some guys had. golf course just hitting balls and chipping I play, as long as I don’t over stress it, the
and putting, and chipping and putting and better I am. I get worse if I have time of.
My back’s shot, if I didn’t take anti- hitting balls. But that’s what I have done
inflammatories every day I couldn’t play more since I was 19 years old. As it (his battle with Ross River Fever)
than two rounds in a row, which I suppose most unfolded, strangely, it’s like if I had of stayed in
of the guys are like. But I’m in reasonable shape. When I was 18, I was a trainee, I never Europe and not done any good that would have
I’m a bit overweight and all that but of course realised how hard you had to practice, and then killed my career. Because the Ross River stopped
if I manage to get my senior tour card then I’ll somewhere along the line I went I’m not very it all together, and I was lucky enough to go back
knuckle down again. good, and then the more I practised and the more to Oatlands Golf Club, where I’d been a junior and
It’s one of those fine lines, I want to go play I practised the right things, the better I got and it all that sort of stuf, and I knew all the members,
because I love playing golf and I love playing fed of each other, and so it became a lifestyle. It’s I did a traineeship there, and I was lucky enough
tournament golf. Money I’m reasonably ok with like you either practise all day or you sit on the to have a committee that let me go and play a bit.
because I was reasonably careful with my money couch and do nothing all day really if you haven’t So, it just gave me time to put my health back
when I won it. So it’s not about money, but also I got a job, so it’s just what I’m used to and I like together, and with the help of some good
know that I’ve been on the road for 30 years and doing it. And there is nothing better than having doctors etc. it all came back together and I
if my worst case scenario is relax in Australia to hit a quality golf shot under the pump. There is started playing great.

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Lonard hits his final tee shot en
route to his breakthrough PGA
Tour victory at The Heritage.

I KNOW WHETHER I PLAY


OR NOT IN AUSTRALIA MEANS
BUGGER ALL NOW, BUT IN THE
OLD DAYS, YOU’RE AUSTRALIAN,
SO YOU PLAY IN AUSTRALIA.
– PETER LONARD
You know if the committee said, “No, you can’t golf cart out in the morning, chip for two or continuously, it all sort of came together.
play”, well then I was stufed anyway, I wouldn’t three hours, then I would go home and have
have been able to play, so the fact that they let me breakfast or something then I would go and Once they decided they were going to make
play and then I had a few lucky bits and pieces hit balls for two or three hours then I would anchored putting illegal, I just went to the short
here that kept me going and of we went … so that come home and jump in the pool and have one. I used to use some short ones and some long
probably made me better in my 30s than I would a sandwich. Then go out and play 18 holes. ones and mixed and matched, the one win in
have been perhaps, but you just never know. Because I loved practising, it was so good, America I won with the short one, there was two
you can’t not play well. others in Australia that I won with the short one.
I was a big practicer and when I went to Every week you go to a tournament so And with the short one, I was far more erratic but
Europe it was difficult to find somewhere prepared to play and then of course you go to when I was good I was really good and when I was
to practise on your weeks of and diferent the tournaments, particularly in America, bad I was really bad. Whereas the broomstick I
weather. So as far as practise goes, I did none. where they look after you so well, the was very consistent.
If I had a week of I just didn’t play. I might conditions are so good, I just loved it. And As far I was concerned, they’d made it illegal so
go down to the local golf course down the I was lucky I got of to a good start, made I’ll just use the short one. But I never grasped the
road and buy a bucket of balls and hit balls a lot of cuts and it just snowballed into all concept of guys still using it with such a hairline
of the cement and that was it, in the rain or of a sudden I didn’t believe you could miss gap between legal and not illegal. Does it touch
whatever. Once I moved to America, I bought a cut. I got there at the perfect time and their bodies? Do we have to stand there all day and
a house in a golfing community. You back the the snowballing of somewhere to practise look at them and go it did or it didn’t? And then

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they go it’s not my intent. Rubbing shoulders with great
players at the Presidents Cup
I think at the end of the day they stufed the was a highlight for Lonard.
rule up, I think that’s the only basic way you could
say it. To me they’ve either got to make up their
minds and say do what you want or it’s got to be
the shortest club in your bag, and then it’s all over
and there is no grey area, and there is no carry on
about it brushed his shirt.
I’ve taken the broomstick out a couple of times
just to fiddle with it after seeing a few of the other
guys. To be honest with you I’d never watched a
senior event in my life, so when I got to the Open
event and everyone’s using them, I was like wow.
So, I used to rest my forearm against my left
breast basically, so the club never really touched
my body but my forearm did, which is illegal. But
you can get the same feel by just having the hairs
on your arms touching your shirt. Like it’s a very
similar feeling. So to me it’s a bit cheeky.

I know whether I play or not in Australia


means bugger all now, but in the old days,
you’re Australian, so you play in Australia.
To me it’s a no brainer, you know “I need
a rest”, like it’s three weeks of the year
for God’s sake and the really good players
probably play 20 times a year, so you know,
how rested do you need to be? in Australia. To me that’s a no brainer. even think about it. And life in those days
I used to love coming back, the courses are The sports psychologists and that tell was far tougher than it is now. So I think the
more the style of golf that I like to play. In the them you can’t play more than three in a row most important thing you’ve got to teach the
old days in particular, they were firmer and or your head will fall of, or your legs will Australian kids is you play in Australia.
bouncier and you had to control the bounce fall of or whatever it is, but before sports
of the ball and that’s the sort of golf that I psychologists and all the other experts, guys I think I was proudest that I managed to win a
love to play, but if you’re Australian you play would play nine in a row and you wouldn’t tournament every year over a fair stretch of time,
and I played pretty consistently in between that
I played a lot of golf.
he ’97 Australian Masters was big for me,
use I had actually decided that I wasn’t
ng the club job (at Oatlands Golf Club) unless
n a tournament. Tiger Woods was playing
t week, it was like the second time he had
n to Australia, we were all playing for second
ce according to everybody and I thought there
nly one more tournament left in the year, so if
n’t win the next one I’m in deep trouble. So,
course to win that was fantastic for me and it
as great for my club that had been so good to
me as well.
Presidents Cups were incredible, just
ubbing shoulders with the greats. Gary
Player was our captain, Jack Nicklaus the
S Captain and it was interesting to have the
reats of the game just being there and you
know some were nice, some were a bit rough
ut it was just an incredible experience.

would be nice (to play well after 50), I


t think my life depends on it. I’d love to
y well in those (Senior Tour events) but I
ld also love to be able to come back and
be competitive in Australia. The last few
s I’ve sort of finished mid field in most
em, because probably my short game’s
bably not good enough and I’m definitely
r 30 yards shorter than I used to be, not
In action I was a long hitter in the first place. I’d
during the to give a couple of kids a bit of fright
Senior Open ing down the last few tournaments some
Championship
in Wales last before I pull the pin. But sometimes
year. dream a bit too beyond your means, but
knows.

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H bedrock of a solid score; you’ll never
score well if you’re constantly chipping
out of the trees, or trying to get up and down for
par. In this article you will see a phrase – ‘stable
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clubhead’ – make a regular appearance. That’s


because delivering the clubhead with stability at
impact is at the core of accurate golf. In terms of
direction it refers to keeping the blade squarer for
longer, increasing your margin for error. For
distance control, a stable clubhead relates to the
consistent transfer of energy from club to ball. I’ll
guide you through eight steps to work on both, and
we’ll round things off with some strategy advice. Ź

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#1 Hit shots with split hands
Add stability to the clubface, and gain control

TRAIN THE FEELING


This drill helps you
experience a stable shaft and
face, and how they contribute
to the controlled face rotation
that boosts accuracy. Work
on it to groove those feelings,
before returning to you
regular hold and trying it with
a full swing.

SPREAD YOUR HANDS


Start this drill by separating your hands on the
handle; keep your gloved hand in its regular
position and move the trail hand down to the
bottom of the grip. Waggle the clubface and feel
how, with the hands spread, the face feels less
lively and more controlled.

BACK FACE CHECK THROUGH FACE SQUARE


Take your 8-iron, tee up a ball Now swing through; look to hit the
and take your regular stance. ball only about 80 yards. Again the
Make a half backswing, and split-hand hold fights any tendency
stop to check the position of the to flip or rotate the face, but you
clubface. By adding stability can assist the motion by trying to
to the shaft and head, the keep the face looking at the target
split-hand grip limits excessive through impact. Hold your finish and
face rotation; the leading edge inspect the face position (like this).
should match your spine angle.

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#2 Clap for accuracy
Feel how to limit forearm rotation and deliver a square clubface

ADDRESS PALMS FACING AT THE TOP PALMS ‘CONNECTED’


With the focus on rotation in the golf swing, it’s easy to overdo rotation in the Now make a backswing with your trail hand and arm only; leave your lead or
hands and forerarms. To feel a more efective move, leave the club to one side. gloved hand in its address position. As you swing the arm back, maintain an
Take your regular set-up but leave your hands an inch or so apart, palms facing. intention that you will bring the hand back down to ‘clap’ the lead hand.

DOWNSWING OVERCOOKED ROTATION IMPACT SMACK THE GLOVE


With that intention – which parallels the ideal delivery of the clubface – the Now swing the trail hand back down to clap the gloved hand. Repeat this drill a
notion of rolling the forearm open is alien. Yet this is the motion many club few times to feel how the trail palm feels “connected” to the lead palm throughout
golfers make in a misguided quest for rotation. its journey. Finally take a club and look to feel the same trail arm rotation. Ź

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#3 Face
twist
#4 Improve your pivot
Your body pivot is what holds the clubface
square. Splay your feet to feel how this works
Build awareness, boost
face control
BETTER PIVOT = STRAIGHTER SHOTS
To help you keep the face squarer for The three steps so far have all focused on the
longer, improve your feel for the face and clubface – and when it comes to direction
what it’s doing. You can achieve this by accuracy you have to start here. But during
the swing, your rotation back and through
taking a 7-iron and turning the club makes a big contribution to holding the
through 90 degrees (1, below), so the face square.
length of the blade looks at the target.
Move the club back (2). The new angle of
the head will feel unusual to you, which
improves your awareness of it. It also
puts the club’s mass along the target line.
In this position its face is more reluctant
to rotate. This helps calm any tendency
to roll the forearms through the first part
of your swing. Give this drill some focus
by tapping a ball forwards. Of course
don’t worry where the ball goes. But note
that to strike the ball in this position the
face must avoid rotation through impact
– this is another good habit to get into in
your quest for accuracy.

1 WRONG POWER SOURCE


If you are not powering your
swing through the rotation
of your body, you will end up
trying to create speed with your
hands and arms. This inevitably
creates excessive forearm
rotation, the clubface opening
and closing rapidly. Your
directional control will suffer.

FOOT FOCUS
We tend to see the pivot
2 as an upper-body action,
because the shoulders make
the biggest turn. But in reality
your ability to pivot comes
from your feet. They push
down, against the ground, to
generate the twisting force
that delivers the pivot.

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FEEL THE GROUND-UP PIVOT
To feel how this works, place a
ball in your trail hand. Throw it
forwards and up, as if to mimic
the release of the golf club. Note
that the power in the throw does
BACKSWING PUSH OFF not come from the hand and arm;
it radiates upwards from your
To feel how this all relates to a better body planted lead foot, which supports
pivot, turn the toes of both feet out to create your rotating core.
a splayed stance. Hold a club against your
shoulders. Push your lead foot instep
against the ground to rotate your hips and
chest back.

CREATING YOUR
GROUND FORCE
THROUGHSWING Note too that when you plant
that lead foot, it is relatively
TRAIL FOOT PUSH splayed, the toe turned out.
When you turn your toes out
Now return the favour, pushing of with it allows your hips to turn,
your trail foot instep to initiate your whilst keeping them stable.
forward rotation. When you’ve developed a This increases the coil effect
and helps you to pivot back
feel for how your pivot is initiated from and through.
your feet, return to the golf club and
make practice swings, looking to repeat
the feeling. Ź

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#5 Imagine the club has no loft
Hitting irons straight is just the start... hit them the right distance, too
Now we move into distance accuracy – and to approach shots “pin high”. It shows they are stability through impact. It’s this stability that
understand this, we need to look at the golfers in control of the direction and distance of delivers consistent energy transfer from club to
who have mastered it; Tour professionals. We’ve their irons. ball. Picturing no loft is one of three ways you
often heard in commentary that a player is really The Tour pro averages a 4-5° downward blow, an can improve your own attack angle... and
on their game when they’re hitting their angle that allows them to maintain clubface distance control.

TRY THE PUTT CHIP


PUSH THE SHAFT
FORWARDS The sight of loft on the face – and the fact we
To grow this feeling of know the ball needs to rise – can lead to a
hitting forwards and scooping impact that creates no compression,
not up, place a club on no club stability and no distance consistency. To
the ground, its shaft
pointing down your grasp how this might have got into your game,
target line. Address the take a putter – ideally an old one! – and chip a
butt end. Now, simply few shots with it, perhaps 40 or 50 yards.
focus on pushing the
clubface into the butt With no loft and no expectation of height,
to send the clubhead any scooping action feels inappropriate.
towards your “target”. Instead, you will simply focus on driving
the ball forwards.

SHAFT LEAN CHECK


As you do this feel how
your hands naturally move
forwards, ahead of the
clubhead, to create that
force through the shaft. You’ll
create some forward lean in
the shaft – a key indicator of
applying the correct, slightly
downward attack angle.
#6 Feel a ‘pressure impact’
Learn an easy way to feel how you need to apply the club to the ball

TEE PEG OBSTRUCTION NOW BURST THROUGH!


Find a long tee peg and stick it deep into Keep pushing until the club bursts
the ground. Leave just the thicker top through the tee peg. Allow yourself to
part above the turf. Take your 7-iron and flow into your followthrough. See how,
set up to the tee. Place the leading edge with that correct pressure creation, you
against it. are able to extend down the target line
after “impact”. Look to recreate this with
a ball. Ź

PUSH AGAINST THE TEE


KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
The key to this drill is to apply
pressure against the tee The technique you are using
through the club. Providing the to apply pressure against
turf is firm, the peg provides the tee is exactly the one
enough resistance for you to you need to compress the
build up quite a lot of force. You ball correctly during the
will quickly feel that to push the full swing. Keep pushing
club harder against the tee, you until you can feel the shaft
need to push off through your starting to bow, and absorb
back foot. the sensation of downward,
forward pressure.

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Blend your
#7 transition to #8
create ‘lag’
It adds face stability & distance control
Lag can be roughly defined as the angle. Now start forward by
angle between your clubshaft and feeling your lead knee and weight
wrists. Create this angle and you move to the target. As you change
can release the club downwards, direction, allow your wrist to
into the ball. Without it, your increase its cock while the arm
attack angle will tend to be too pretty much holds position (2).
shallow. To learn what lag should Now you have the “head” in a
feel like and how to create it, focus position where it can lag behind,
on your change of direction. Take arriving later and with more speed
your 7-iron. Turn it upside down and compression. Work on this
and grip it by the head, with with the club inverted. When the
your trail hand only. Make a motion starts to come more
three-quarter backswing (1). The naturally groove the feeling with
angle between your arm and the the club the right way round,
shaft should be just short of a right though keep it trail-hand only.

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Plan the shot better
These seven steps will go along way to improving your technique – but
that counts for nothing if you don’t have an effective plan for the shot.
Focus on these five areas to ensure your strategy matches your swing

TAKE YOUR TIME LOCK ON TO KEEP AWARE MIND YOUR BODY GO WITH WHAT
When you’re faced with YOUR TARGET Some tees have mower stripes LANGUAGE YOU KNOW
a tough shot, the huge Dangerous hazards like water that may – or may not – point Be aware of how you stand, Your best chance of pulling
temptation is to get it over have an ugly habit of grasping you down the fairway. It’s move and breathe. Simply the shot off lies with hitting the
with. But rushing the shot your attention. You can’t ignore important you become aware standing tall with good posture shot you are most comfortable
brings disaster. Instead, take it, but you can release yourself of these lines and how they can help give you a feeling of with. It’s important you don’t let
your time. Stand directly from its hold by picking your relate to your chosen shot confidence. Take this feeling the hazards or the hole force
behind your ball target line target and committing to it path because it’s easy to into your practice swing. Hold you into using a club – or a
and absorb the entire scene, throughout the planning stage. be subliminally influenced a balanced finish, looking shape of shot – that makes
hazards and all. Realise the The clearer you define your by them. Similarly with the down the fairway; try to look you anxious. That can mean
fairway is wide; you could line, the easier this comes, so tee markers; they will not as composed as possible to playing for a left-to-right shot
probably fit 1,000 balls across pick an intermediate target to necessarily line up square to any onlooker. Moving like even if the hole bends the
it, and you only need one of help you. Drum this line into your shot. The bottom line is to this helps you feel confident other way, or changing clubs
those. Above all, prove to your mind’s eye and you’ll use these elements to help you and committed, and helps if you think it will help you
yourself that while the shot be better able to resist that aim… and ensure they don’t you ward off feelings of commit with a confident swing.
is tough, a good outcome last-second doubt that breeds use you. twitchiness. A deep breath
is a possibility. a ‘safety’ adjustment… and also helps slow your heart rate
usually disaster. and keep you calm.

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WE CAN ALL BE MORE

ACCURATE... AND THIS IS HOW


PGA Tour stats expert Mark Broadie reveals why your
mid and short irons are the most important clubs in your bag
WORDS STUART HOOD

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ammering a 300-yard drive might your average score is not your driving, short In 2016, he gained 0.145 strokes per round
H make you feel like a pro, and curling
home a 20-footer might give you a
game or putting. It is your shots into the green.”
2017 Open Champion Jordan Spieth is a great
with his approach shots and hit 63.52 percent of
greens in regulation, to lie 87th in the PGA
massive rush of adrenaline. But when it comes example of this. Yes, he never seems to miss an Tour’s Strokes Gained with Approach Shots
to consistently lower scores, the area you really important putt. Yes, he has a stunning short category and 145th in the PGA Tour’s GIR
need to focus on is your iron play. game. And yes, he is a fantastic course manager. statistic. Last season, he gained 0.906 strokes
“If you study the 10 shots that separate a But if you delve into his statistics you so er round with his approach shots and hit
golfer who regularly shoots 80 and a golfer who discover that the biggest change betwee 70.01 percent of greens in regulation, to
regularly shoots 90, you discover that between his OK-but-not-fantastic 2016 and his ank 1st in the PGA Tour’s Strokes Gained
40-45 percent of the scoring diference comes Major-winning 2017 was the standard o ith Approach Shots category and
from the quality of their approach play,” reveals his iron play. rth in the PGA Tour’s Greens in
leading golf statistician Professor Mark Broadie. gulation statistic.
“A lot of people find this surprising, but it is Get shorty his is one of the biggest things Jordan has
the same throughout all the skill levels. Whether Get to love your d around and it follows the statistical
7-iron down,
you are a top Tour professional or someone who because they are of previous seasons,” Broadie tells us.
shoots 100, the area that has the most impact on key to scoring well. never you compare the earnings of top-10

“THE AREA THAT HAS THE MOST IMPACT


ON YOUR AVERAGE SCORE IS NOT YOUR
DRIVING, SHORT GAME OR PUTTING. IT IS
YOUR SHOTS INTO THE GREEN.”
– MARK BROADIE

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Average distance from the hole from 150 yards
This is why your 7-, 8- and 9-iron approaches are so important...

90
Top shooters
pros

21’ 56’

100
shooters

Average
70’
pros

23’

80
shooters

42’ Stats familiar?


Improve your
approach, improve
your score.

Greens hit from


100-150 yards
You’re up to three times
more likely to miss
than a Tour pro 100
shooters 90
shooters
35% 47%
I 80
shooters

The 63%
worl
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asto
from
PGA
Top
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80% 80%
Fr
more
often

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Big strength
Jordan Spieth was
No.1 in the PGA Tour’s
Strokes Gained from
approaches in 2017.

players in the PGA Tour’s Strokes Gained Driving, the hole. And golfers who average 100 put half of data I’ve gathered on shots hit from the fairway
Strokes Gained with Approach Shots, Strokes their shots within 70 feet of the hole. These are between these distances shows the following.
Gained Around the Green and Strokes Gained enormous diferences that ofer a big opportunity. If Golfers who average 80 hit the green 63 percent of
Putting categories, you always find that the leaders you can get your 7- or 8-irons 10 to 15 feet closer to the time. Golfers who average 90 hit the green 47
in the Strokes Gained from the hole, then you can percent of the time. And golfers who average 100 hit
Approach Shots statistic have “IF YOU WANT TO quickly take a couple of shots the green 35 percent of the time. Again, these are
taken home the most money.” of your game.” While huge variations that highlight the major scoring
So does this mean the
CUT YOUR HANDICAP extremely exciting, the above improvements you can make by hitting just two or
whole ‘putt for dough’ adage YOU NEED TO DIAL is perhaps a tad labour three more greens.”
is a myth? Yes. Well. Um. It’s IN YOUR 7-, 8- AND intensive for some weekend Got that? Great, then what are you waiting for?
complicated, so we will let the 9-IRONS” golfers. Thankfully, Professor Grab your clubs, get out there, dial in your mid and
professor explain. “In general, Broadie has an alternative short irons and prepare to give yourself a chance of
golf tournaments are won by the player on the performance metric for those who aren’t salivating winning this weekend.
leaderboard who putts the best,” says Broadie. “But at the prospect of continually pacing out the ■ Mark Broadie is a professor at Columbia Business
to get your name on to the leaderboard you need to distance from their ball to the cup. School, the man behind the PGA Tour’s strokes
be hitting your approach shots well. And this is why, “Work on hitting the green in one shot from gained statistics and the author of the best-selling
if I had to give a mid or high-handicap golfer one between 100 and 150 yards,” advises Broadie. “The book Every Shot Counts (everyshotcounts.com).
piece of advice it would be to work on becoming
more accurate from 100-150 yards.” That’s right,
folks. Forget chipping from dawn until dusk or
beating balls with your metal woods, hybrids or
And if you do miss the green…
long irons. According to golf’s leading data expert, if
Professor Mark Broadie on the short game shots that’ll benefit you the most
you want to slash your handicap quickly the clubs “A former PGA Tour bunker shots; 20-60 yards on the fairway; and
you need to dial in are your 7-, 8- and 9-irons. professional recently asked 20-60 yards in the rough. I quickly discovered two
“The diference in golfers’ average performance me to research how many things. First, the key to gaining strokes in all these
statistics from 150 yards is astounding,” adds short game shots the average areas is getting the ball on the green in one shot.
Broadie. “From this distance in the fairway, the best 90 shooter faces from 60 And second, the short game shots that cause
yards or less in an average higher handicappers the most problems are:
pros put half their shots within 21 feet of the hole,
round. It turned out the 20-60 yards from the rough; greenside bunker
average professionals put half of their shots within answer was 13, and that these 13 could be split shots; and 0-20 yards in the rough. So, if you’re
23 feet of the hole. Golfers who average 80 put half into the following five categories: 0-20 yards on looking to improve your short game these are the
of their shots within 42 feet of the hole. Golfers who the fairway; 0-20 yards in the rough; greenside three areas you should focus on.”
average 90 put half of their shots within 56 feet of

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HIT MORE
GREENS
BY PGA TOUR WINNER
RICKIE FOWLER
The American superstar reveals his
approach play secrets
WORDS CAMILLA TAIT PICTURES ANDREW REDINGTON / GETTY IMAGES

rom growing up on his local these things. You need to reach down
F driving range in California to
becoming one of the most
and grab your ears and get your head out
of your you know what and get back to
consistent players on the PGA Tour, work, get your body in shape. He’s got a
Rickie Fowler puts a lot of his more trainer he works out tremendously with
recent success down to working with and he’s worked unbelievable with
coach Butch Harmon for the past his golf swing. He’s gone back to
four years. winning tournaments again – get rid
Since Fowler hired Harmon in 2014, of those Kardashians.”
the 29-year-old American has won six Since then, Fowler has refocused and
tournaments across both European and with two victories and eight other top
PGA Tours, including his victory at the five finishes in 2017 he was ranked in
Players in 2015 – but it hasn’t all been the top five on the PGA Tour for scoring
smooth sailing. average, total driving, strokes gained
In 2014 Fowler finished in the top five and sand saves.
of each of the four Majors, but by the end We caught up with Rickie at the
of 2016 he had hadn’t managed better 2017 Scottish Open at Dundonald Links,
than T33 in all four Major-starts, and where he told us that working on the
failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup fundamentals and staying consistent
play-ofs – so Harmon told him he in practice is the key to accuracy on
needed to take his golf more seriously. the course.
“We had a big conversation at the end
of the year last year, and he didn’t like You have some of the best
it,” Butch told Sky Sports. “I said, ‘You performance stats on the PGA Tour,
gotta decide are you going to be a what do you think has helped you
Kardashian or are you going to be a golf become a much more accurate and
pro?” You’re the king of social media, consistent player?
you’re all over these Snapchats and all I’ve been playing well this year,

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‘Butch and I go
back to basics.
Alignment,
posture, swing
length and
contact will take
care of a lot’

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Rick
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weig
laces
from

everything has been trending in the playing well, I’ll work on that either and too fast. To keep my backswing nice and
right direction. I feel like I’ve done a after the round or the next day for compact, I try to feel width – that my hands are far
really good job of continuing to 30 minutes to an hour. It’s not away from my body. Wide swings also tend to be
work on the little things and the GREENS IN about the amount of time you put shorter and smoother.
fundamentals, making sure that REGULATION in. It’s the quality of it.
I’m not too far of of where I How do you stay consistent when you’re on
want to be swing wise, so Butch And if something is a bit of, the course and not feeling on your A-game?
and I are always staying on top of
67.74 how do you go about sorting I don’t try and change much, I usually just try to
8th on tour
that to make sure it’s in the right that? adjust and let it happen. The more I force it, the
spot and right tempo. His son Claude Butch and I typically go right back to more it can all go wrong so I really just try not to
helps me out a bit, too, and then I’ve basics with everything and then try to force it then I’ll go and work on it after the round.
got my caddie Joe, who has a great come up with the answer.
(APPROACHES)
STROKES

eye, so I feel like I’ve got a great group Alignment, Does where you are on the leaderboard
GAINED

of people who help keep me in line. posture, swing determine how aggressive you are?
length and contact Yes, I definitely play the course diferently
You have one of the best scoring will take care of depending on where I am on the leaderboard.
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averages on the PGA Tour; is a lot. Depending on the situation, there are times where
there a secret to how you your position allows you to play a course or a hole
practise? What do you more aggressively.
Right now, I really don’t spend a work on a lot?
whole lot of time on the range. I much Tempo, timing. How do you approach strategy on the course
prefer spending my time playing and 0.732 Nothing ruins and decide those percentage plays into
putting myself in real situations. If I your timing like greens?
find something that’s feeling a little bringing the For me, distance is a huge advantage out there, but
8th on tour
bit of, or needs work, or if I’m not club back too far being in the short grass is key. There are definitely

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Finish
Like all great players
Rickie finishes in perfect
balance, his lead leg
supporting his weight
and his belt buckle facing
the target.

times I will take less club of the tee to make sure Wednesday. Just like I would a normal
125-150 YARDS

I’m in the fairway, to avoid hazards, but sometimes To help amateurs improve their event; you play a pro-am Wednesday
APPROACH

the gamble is worth it to push it a bit further up accuracy, what would you and lead into the golf tournament. For
FROM

so then I’ll go for it. I’d never want to be too far suggest? me, getting potentially, nine, nine, 18,
back, though. Getting out there and playing is key. it gives me a chance to figure out what
But if they are looking for accuracy, I want to do on the golf course and not
Do you change strategy when you play they’ve got to practise from inside 150 worry about my swing or what I need
diferent courses? yards. That’s where they tend to lose to work on there.
A little bit. When I play over here on links courses shots (and that’s where stats guru
I really just try to avoid bunkers of the tee, as it Mark Broadie says we lose shots; You’ve won the Scottish Open and
can be close to being a one-shot penalty. I’ll try to see page 78). finished second in the Open, so
play to a wider part of the fairway or try to take out 21”0’ why do you think your game suits
the hazards. Sometimes you might have a harder Is there a diferent preparation links golf so much?
or longer shot into greens, but the last place you for you mentally for Majors, or is 12th on tour I grew up on my local driving range at
want to be is in the bunker of the tee. it just the same process? home and it was just a flat piece of
I think a lot of guys possibly make it land with some built-up mounds and
You were ranked first for sand saves on the diferent. But myself and my team flag stuck in the middle. I had to use
PGA Tour in 2017; what is your key to getting try to make it as normal as my imagination and just hit shots,
it close from the bunker? another event. I feel like guys
GREEN OR since there wasn’t really much to
I’ve put in a lot of work with Butch over the last will spend some more time on
FRINGE IN aim at; it’s not like there were
few years. There are a handful of keys that I have, the golf course or more time REGULATION trees out there or bunkers to try
like making sure I have a really solid stance. I think than they would at a normal 73.75% and hit shots to pins or anything
everyone has a bit of a diferent technique, but it Tour event. So I’ve gone to trying 8th on tour like that. Then typically the wind
all comes down to the main fundamentals, to play nine holes Monday, nine would blow a little in the afternoon,
confidence and just really working at it. holes Tuesday and 18 holes so I learned how to play in that, too.

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Rickie’s green-hitting keys
Four things Fowler does that you can add into your game

MY SWING
THOUGHT
I can get a little bit quick,
so one of my main focuses
before a shot is I just have to
make sure I complete my turn
with my shoulders and to make
sure there’s not a quick
change in direction
at the top.

MY No.1
ACCURACY KEY
One of the big things is making
sure I’ve got a good rhythm and
tempo, really trying not to get too
quick. Getting a little bit quick at
the top is one of my tendencies,
so I’m always working on
that with Butch. WHAT I
WORK ON…
Keeping a good tempo. I’d also
say the grip is a huge thing for
me at the moment to try to get
consistent, so that I’m able to
start the ball off in the right
position and make it do
what I want it to do.

WHEN TO BE
AGGRESSIVE
It really depends on what my
position is. You want to be in the
‘Getting
short grass off the tee, but I tend a little bit
not to be as aggressive at the pin
with a longer club as I am quick at the top
with a 9-iron in my hand. is one of my
tendencies, so I’m
always working on
that with Butch’
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1 At address, Marc is perfectly balanced in an athletic
posture with multiple features of his golf swing
pre-set before he has taken the club away. Even with
2 As good as it gets! Look at the logos on Leishman’s
shirt to see what has initiated the club moving back
into the start of the backswing. Marc’s upper body is
3 Leishman is doing a great job here of keeping the
club in front of his body, rather than whipping the
club to the inside – a move that is common among
an iron Leishman’s, head is behind the ball and his turning, while his arms maintain the triangle they formed so many amateur golfers and is almost impossible to
right forearm is slightly above his left to deliver the at address. The slight head turn away from the target is recover from.
path required to hit his reliable power fade. reminiscent of the way Jack Nicklaus started his swing.

BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP


Marc Leishman’s soft knees and bent left their toes during their swing, Leishman loads the ground helps the Victorian hit the ball a long
elbow at the top of the backswing give his his weight into the ground on the way back way, another of his fundamental moves you can
swing a casual and smooth look that makes before his legs straighten at impact, giving him copy is also key to his good driving that he
average golfers jealous. However, the an appearance as if he is almost pushing of the admits was the backbone of his outstanding
flowing motion belies the significant power ground. This leg action together with Leishman 2017.
he possess, which he generates from the clearing his body to the left, makes the space “If you’re driving the ball well, then you’re
ground up. that allows him to straighten his arms and giving yourself more opportunities to fire at
Although not as obvious as players like Bubba deliver the club at serious speed. flags and hopefully in turn more opportunities
Watson and Justin Thomas who get right up on While the speed he creates through his use of to make – or give yourself makeable putts. At the

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The hips are joining the upper body now to Marc’s arm plane is slightly higher than his shoulder The start of the downswing starts with the lower
4 maximise the rotation and load Leishman’s weight
into the ground, which he will use at impact, while
5 plane courtesy of his bent left arm and the clubface
is open, this is a perfect position for any player looking
6 half as Leishman shifts his hips towards the target
in a textbook move and begins to push off the ground, not
the right arm has folded and as a result if you draw a to hit a fade. Notice from front on how much weight is leaving any of the potential power he has created in the
line down the shaft from behind it will dissect the ball, loaded into the right hip, the toe of the right shoe has backswing behind.
showing that his swing is on plane. even lifted slightly. There is lots of power stored up.

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7 Here, Marc is doing a tremendous job of
maintaining, and if anything increasing, the angle
in his wrists to create lag. This move allows him to
8 From behind, you can see Leishman’s legs and arms
have almost completely straightened as the force
of the ground pushes him up. He makes room for
9 The ball is gone but Leishman’s head is still behind
the impact point – a key component in his improved
driving – while his left arm and left leg form a
lead the club into impact with his body and arms this powerful move by clearing his hips left and straight line which he will continue to rotate around,
rather than the other way around, which is a sign maintaining his spine angle. giving a terrific example of the phrase “hitting into
of a major power leak. your left side”.

OWN YOUR SWING swings of days gone by.


Leishman transfers plenty of weight into his
swing apart.
As the club passes his body and releases
Developing his game in windswept right side at the top of the backswing, with a down the line, Leishman’s left foot almost
Warrnambool, Leishman had to learn to significant hip turn and his left knee flexing follows it. The turning out of the left foot is
control his golf ball to play well and has said he more towards the ball than many other modern followed by his right knee dipping after impact,
does so through the use of his hands. This players, who restrict their hip rotation against both of which are to counteract a lack of
‘handsy’ action has made the 34-year-old one their upper body turn. mobility in his left hip and results in both feet
of best wind players on the planet and in A classic shift of the hips towards the target pointing down the fairway like a runner
addition to some unique footwork makes starts his downswing, but it is after the ball is preparing to start a 100-metre sprint.
Leishman’s action unlike any other on the PGA gone where the three-time PGA Tour winner While Leishman’s swing might look diferent
Tour and something of a throwback to the makes multiple moves that really set his golf to most of his competitors, it is extremely

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Unlike many other players of today who create a Look at Leishman’s left foot, it has turned almost Even though Marc has taken his right hand
10 left-to-right ball flight by pulling the club low and
to the left post impact, Leishman employs a full
11 90 degrees from where it started at address to
compensate for a lack of mobility in his hip and his hands
12 off the club in the top image, he is completely
balanced and has wrapped the shaft around his back.
release down the line that puts on full display his have finished high – a position that is rare in modern Although a little different to some, there is no wasted
‘handsy’ method of controlling the ball flight. swings but gives his action a timeless look and one that energy in this swing.
is all his own.

C LEISHMAN’S 2018 NUMBERS


STARTS: 15 (PGA TOUR). SCORING AVERAGE: 70.482 (33rd).
-25S: 6. STROKES GAINED TOTAL: .829 (42nd).
ANCE: 297.1 yards. STROKES GAINED OF-THE-TEE: -.147 (145th).
RACY: 58.88%. STROKES GAINED TEE-TO-GREEN: .570 (53rd).
G: 217 (124th). BIRDIE AVERAGE PER ROUND: 4.15 (13th).
GULATION: 67.20% (74th). CLUBHEAD SPEED: 115.54 miles per hour.

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PERSONAL E XC LU S I V E BY P G A O F AU S T R A L I A P R O F ES S I O N A L M A R K O F F IC E R
LESSON

PRACTICE FROM UNEVEN LIES


2
HITTING ball after ball from the perfect lie ball lower, flatter and a little longer as it’s
on the practice fairway is the most easier to get the body out of the way.
common form of practice but fails to While knowing there is going to be
reproduce the challenge of the golf course common results for shots hit off slopes on the
where lies are rarely perfect. golf course is a good start, knowing how
Sloping lies can be difficult to find on a much it is going to change your carry distance
driving range but if you do get the opportunity or the amount of curvature it will cause is
to hit balls from them it can be extremely also extremely beneficial and practicing on
beneficial to develop an understanding of how sloping lies can even be helpful for players
the ball is going to react when the ball is with certain types of swings trying to
above your feet, for example. implement changes.
Generally the tendency is that the ball being For a slicer, it’s a huge advantage to be able
above your feet is going to draw and the ball to hit practice balls with a ball above their feet
below your feet is going to fade. An upslope (pics 1 & 2) because, as we know, the ball
means your body slows down and your arms will tend to go left because the lie angle is
go past your body causing a draw shot that is actually facing left. With a ball starting left and
also shorter. A downslope results in hitting the curving further left, if you continue to hit shots

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off that slope you will realise there is no need
to swing the club to the left, one of the most
common causes of a slice.
If you were to hit 30 or 50 balls with the ball
above your feet, the swing path and plane will
start to change to straighten out the ball flight
and you will get an understanding of the feel
you are after in a normal swing.

GREG NORMAN
PRACTICED
JUST THAT FOR
A SUMMER IN 3 4
THE 1980S AFTER
REALISING HE
WANTED TO
HIT MORE OF A
DRAW SHOT ...
Greg Norman practiced just that for a
summer in the 1980s after realising he wanted
to hit more of a draw shot, hitting balls above
his feet to flatten out his swing plane to achieve
his desired ball flight.
Hitting shots from a downslope (pic 3) is
useful for someone who doesn’t transfer their
weight well. Downslope lies are going to help
get your weight off your right side and towards
the target (pic 4) in the forward swing. Force
plates and balance plates show people who hit
shots on a downslope get their centre of
pressure trace going more directly towards the
target, which is important and helps with swing
path direction.
There is even some benefits to hitting some
shots on an upslope (pic 5) if you struggle with
the timing of your arm swing and body turn. If
your body gets out of the way faster than your
arms in your normal swing it might be
beneficial to hit shots on an upslope where
your body is going to slow down and your arms
are going to catch up and you will find it easier
to hit a draw, something players whose bodies
get ahead of their arms can struggle with.

MARK OFFICER has been


an Australian PGA Member
for more than 30 years and is
advanced coaching certified.
He owns the Perfectstroke Golf
Training Centre at Molendinar
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on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is available for


lessons covering all aspects of your game. Visit
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PERSONAL E XC LU S I V E BY P G A O F AU S T R A L I A P R O F ES S I O N A L M AT T B A L L A R D
LESSON

DON’T LET
1
YOUR EYES
FOOL YOU
VISION is the first port of call in a putting
lesson. Golf is played side on to the ball
so our vision is always distorted as we
stand over the ball.
How many times have you stood over the
golf ball and looked at the hole and thought
this isn’t exactly where I am aiming or it
doesn’t feel right?
To analyse someone’s vision, I put an
alignment stick down six feet from the hole
and line it up dead straight, standing directly
behind it looking towards the hole we both
agree that it is lined up straight (pic 1). Then
we walk in over the putt and I ask them to
simulate their golf posture and then run their
eyes along the stick and tell me if the stick is

HOW MANY TIMES


HAVE YOU STOOD
OVER THE GOLF
BALL AND LOOKED
AT THE HOLE AND
THOUGHT THIS
ISN’T EXACTLY
WHERE I AM
AIMING OR IT
DOESN’T FEEL
RIGHT?

pointing at the hole or not. Nine out of 10


people say no.
It’s either left edge, outside left or right,
and this has everything to do with where
your eyes are situated at address.
I will then ask the question, “Are you
happy that you see left?” because if you
see left there is every chance you are going
to aim left (pic 2). And if you aim left a good
athlete will have some stroke compensation
for what their brain is telling them through
their vision.
I have seen numerous players who are
holding on and opening the putterface
through impact but they don’t know why. It’s
because going right back to the start, how

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2 3

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4 5 6

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LESSON

they stand over the putt, they see left, aim


left and have to hold onto the putterface.
ARC STRAIGHT
To get the player into a position where
they actually see straight (pic 3) will mean
a change in posture, either getting further
away or closer, standing taller or bending 7 12
over more, or just a simple change in neck
position. All of which will change their eye
position and their perception of what they
see as straight.
Once we make that adjustment, I
encourage players to find a position that is
comfortable and helps them see straight,
so they can then get into a habit of getting
into that position at setup all the time.
Once you take the alignment stick away
and you line a ball up to your hole, it is a
matter of trusting your new vision and that 8 13
the line is pointing straight to your target.
It’s difficult to trust this smaller line, so
getting into that position where you know
you see straight helps a player develop
trust that the line is towards their target.
Sometimes just fixing the vision of a
good putter will make them even better
without even touching their stroke.
Getting into a position – whether it is
further or closer to the ball, putting your
eyes inside, over or outside the target line
(pics 4, 5 & 6) – to see straight can affect
the stroke and might even require an
9 14
equipment change.
Typically, if you have moved further away
it is going to produce a more arcing stroke
(pics 7 to 11) and it might require a bend
in lie angle or a slightly longer putter. Move
closer and the putter will go more straight
back and straight through (pics 12 to 16).
Too many people try and fight the putter
design, which will always win. I see a lot of
golfers with manipulated strokes trying to
fit a putter that doesn’t fit them.
As I deal with vision first and foremost, 10 15
and then factor in the range variables in
different golfers be they shorter, taller, left
or right eye dominant, I don’t try and push
anyone into any one particular stroke or
putter type.

MATT BALLARD is an
advanced coaching certified
PGA professional, who
specialises in short game
11 16
instruction and has worked
with several high-profile
Tour players including Adam Scott, Michael
Sim, Sam Brazel and Adam Bland. To book
a lesson with Matt at Sanctuary Cove on
the Gold Coast, visit his website
www.mattballard.com.au. For free tips,
checkout his facebook page @mattballardgolf

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ODEL PLAYED : Rossie that still occasionally makes its way out of me more and more throughout my time with the
Indianapolis, with SuperStroke the cupboard and never disappoints. putter as someone who occasionally has trouble
Mid Slim 2.0 grip. If anything, the Exo actually improved upon the knocking in the short ones.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: After old favourite in my opinion due to a slightly more Although its unique head shape certainly isn’t
seeing multiple pictures of the solid feel at impact. And when hitting putts for everyone, the Indianapolis doesn’t feel nearly
Exo range before getting them side-by-side with the old insert and the new, the as bulky as some other high moment of inertia
in my hands, the putters Microhinges seemed to get the ball rolling faster (MOI) putters I have tried in the past that can be
looked noticeably better in person, with the off the putter face and unquestionably produced awkward and clunky when making longer strokes
all-black finish on top of the Indianapolis giving it a more consistent roll across the face, improving and from off the green. And the Exo version
a stealth-like look that made the white sightline my distance control on lag putts – a benefit which seemed a better fit for me than the Toulon Design
really standout. far outweighed the slight reduction in feedback version of the same model I tested previously.
HOW IT PERFORMED: As an unabashed fan of on toe and heel strikes. Based on the extremely stable performance of
the original White Hot insert, I wasn’t particularly As you would expect of the largest mallet in the Indianapolis head design alone, the Exo range
confident that Odyssey could recreate the same the range, the Indianapolis is extremely stable ranked highly in my estimations but the
feel with the addition of its Microhinges to the and when combined with the standard re-creation of the feel of the White Hot insert
face. But as soon as I hit my first putt with the SuperStroke grip feels almost automatic on short with the addition of improved roll took the Exo to
Exo, the feel reminded me of my old White Hot putts – a trait that made the Indianapolis grow on another level.

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olf Australia Editor (GA Handicap 8.4)

S, since there has always been one constant – the Microhinge eliminated those two out of three
m Odyssey White Hot insert. putts (especially from distances beyond 15 feet)
The White Hot insert offers the kind of feel I that seem to skip after impact. The roll with this
like in the putter and I thought I could be content putter was outstanding, which ultimately
er using a putter with that insert for the rest of my boosted my confidence in controlling the speed
ter golfing days. But the new incarnation in the EXO of my putts.
putters is even better. The only drawback for me was the weight of
While the insert material is seemingly no the putter. I found it a little on the heavy side,
different to what can be found in recent which is understandable given nearly all the
Odyssey models, the difference is Odyssey has weight is around the perimeter and the red
combined its Microhinge technology with the aluminium centre must weigh almost next to
White Hot elastomer insert and the combination nothing. That said, once I got used to the overall
is an absolute winner. Not only do you get the weight of the putter I found the EXO Rossie
soft feel of the White Hot but I found the very easy to use.

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P L AY I N G W I T H . . .

COBRA KING F8 DRIVER


Cost: $599. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Australia Writer (GA Handicap 9.4)

MODEL PLAYED: King F8, high on the face and towards the toe. With the produced a slightly louder sound and what I
fitted with Aldila NV 2KXV F8, these strikes resulted in a ball flight that was would describe as a firm feel off the face when
Blue 60 Stiff shaft. very similar to shots hit in the centre of the face compared with some other drivers, it was not
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The in terms of distance and accuracy, and only significantly different or unpleasant in any way.
grey ‘Nardo’ finish and CNC produced a slight difference in feel. And the Making changes to King F8’s loft sleeve and
face milling of the King F8 same was true for my rare heel strikes, which weights had a noticeable effect on the ball flight,
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attention from a visual standpoint and while but only faded fractionally and seemed to stay in maximum draw settings producing some of the
visually bigger than some other drivers in the the air a little longer. most impressive results during my testing.
market, the shape when compared to some of Having not tested a driver with a milled face Making multiple swings attempting to produce
Cobra’s older models is an improvement to previously, I was intrigued to see if there was a fading ball flight, I was surprised to look up
my eye. any discernible difference in every time and see a dead straight trajectory
Easy to align and appearing to carry less loft regards to feel d drawing significantly,
than stated on the MyFly sleeve courtesy of the the different ded or sliced despite
contrast of the black clubface and grey crown, manufacturing tempts.
the F8 produced a high and strong trajectory technique. And all, the F8 impressed in both
that didn’t seem to spin too much, even in while the F8 eness and distance, and
heavy winds rs a unique look and slightly
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CITY LIGHTS

The Victorian capital is one of the world’s great golfing destinations. Do you
need any more proof other than knowing all 12 courses showcased here have
cemented a place in the ranking of the nation’s Top-100 Courses and can be
found within a 45-minute drive of Melbourne’s GPO?
PHOTOGRAPHY GARY LISBON / GOLF SELECT

ROYAL MELBOURNE WEST COURSE

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ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB The West course was created by the best best greenkeeper he had ever encountered.

1 (WEST COURSE)
Golf is a truly unique sport in that it allows
its devoted followers – no matter how good or
design team ever assembled in this country. The
Royal Melbourne club paid Scottish architect
Dr Alister MacKenzie 1,000 guineas to travel to
Having finished his design work on paper,
MacKenzie left Melbourne having only seen
the par-3 5th hole completed. The Scot had the
bad their swing is – the opportunity to try and Australia in 1926 and suggest major changes to utmost confidence that Russell and Morcom
emulate the champions of the sport on the finest their existing course at Black Rock. would be able to correctly interpret his notes
arenas the game has to ofer. MacKenzie was joined on site at Royal and sketches. The fact that Royal Melbourne’s
The finest arena we have in Australia is Royal Melbourne by Alex Russell – a member of the West course remains entrenched among the
Melbourne’s West course. It set the benchmark club and a former Australian Open champion, top-10 courses in the world suggests Russell and
for golf course design in this country when it who was well read on MacKenzie’s design Morcom did a brilliant job.
opened for play in 1931 and, to this day, it still principles. Completing the team was Mick Green fee: $300 (Interstate guests). Must have
inspires the modern course designers to try and Morcom, Royal Melbourne’s head greenkeeper. a Golflink handicap less than 27 for men and 36
emulate the strength of its simple strategies and Morcom, who was also well read on course for women.
bold bunkering into their own creations. architecture, was described by MacKenzie as the

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KINGSTON HEATH GC

KINGSTON HEATH GOLF CLUB Alister MacKenzie and masterfully constructed east of the main Black Rock site became available.

2 Kingston Heath is well-established


among the best courses in Australia and is
Melbourne’s second-highest ranked course in the
by Mick Morcom, the course superintendent who
brought MacKenzie’s Royal Melbourne sketches
and masterplan to life.
The membership decided to go ahead with the
second layout, to become known as the East
course, and Alex Russell was given the task of
World’s Top-100. MacKenzie thought Soutar’s layout, although designing the layout.
The ‘Heath’ has been squeezed into a small area long for the time at 6,200 metres, was excellent Covering three parcels of land, the East course
and across relatively flat terrain, yet its design is but suggested one important change – that the is played in a single loop away from the clubhouse
so impressive despite covering almost half the then blind par-4 15th be turned into an uphill and demands that golfers cross several roads
amount of land of most modern layouts. par-3 with bunkers covering 75 percent of the during the round. This is one factor that led to the
Sydney-based professional and course designer route to the green. MacKenzie’s addition is today formation of the first Composite course in 1956,
Dan Soutar routed the original layout in 1925 regarded as one of the finest, if not the finest, combining 12 West course holes and six from the
and created the entire course starting from the one-shot holes in Australia. East. All 18 holes of the original, and subsequent
outstanding 130-metre par-3 10th hole that lies Green fee: Upon application. incarnations of the Composite, are played within
right at the heart of the property. The genius the boundaries of the ‘home paddock’.
of Soutar’s routing is that seven other holes ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB The East course doesn’t have the beautiful
surround this diminutive ofering, a factor which
has undoubtedly led Kingston Heath to become a
popular tournament venue for spectators.
3 (EAST COURSE)
Dr Alister MacKenzie had long gone from
the Royal Melbourne site and construction of his
rolling terrain that is a highlight of the West
course and over the years the encroaching of
suburbia to the edges of the eastern property
The creativity and strength of Soutar’s routing design was in full swing when the idea of a second have marginally detracted from the visual
in such a confined space is only outdone by the course wad first mooted. pleasure of Russell’s design. The simplicity of the
bunkering, which was added to the layout by Dr The concept was raised when two plots of land risk-and-reward options is text book MacKenzie

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VICTORIA GC

but the routing and use of the land is first class VICTORIA GOLF CLUB recommended a few hole changes and drafted a
and stamps this as one of Russell’s finest works.
In recent years, American course designer Tom
Doak has advised the club on changes to the East
4 Victoria is acclaimed worldwide as a
fantastic shot-makers course where
strategy always wins out over brute strength.
plan for the bunkering. An aerial photograph of
the layout taken in 1934 shows the magnificence
of MacKenzie’s bunkering work, which sadly
Course and these have generally been really This is probably why the club has produced so became obscured or lost over the decades because
well received. many fine players over the years including Peter of overplanting, the extensive spread of Ti-tree
The seven East layout holes contained Thomson, Doug Bachl and Geof Ogilvy. and growth of huge Cypress Pines.
within Royal Melbourne’s main property are Who actually designed the course was a In 1995, the club recognised the course had
the highlights of the round. They cover the best mystery for many years. For decades it was lost some of its star quality because of overgrown
terrain and Russell’s creative touches here have thought the driving force behind the formation areas across the layout and Mike Clayton was
produced some world class holes. These holes, of the club, William Meader, and the founding commissioned to consult the club on recapturing
combined with the remainder of the East course, captain, Oscar Damman, were solely responsible the essence of the original layout.
would be far more acclaimed if it was the only for the creation of the course, which opened for Today, much of the original design that was
layout here. As is the case with the New course at play in 1927. They did lay out the holes across the lost after World War II, was recaptured with
St Andrews in Scotland, which sits alongside the beautifully undulating terrain but the bunkering the Clayton redesign. There are now classic,
famed Old course, the East is not rated as highly plan was undertaken by a third party – one Dr memorable holes scattered right across the layout
as it possibly should be simply because the layout Alister MacKenzie. but the greatest concentration of exciting golf is on
next door is so damn good. MacKenzie was working on the design of the back nine where the undulating terrain gives
Green fee: Green fee: $300 (Interstate guests). Royal Melbourne’s West course across the road rise to a fantastic variety of shots and strategies.
Must have a Golflink handicap less than 27 for men when approached by Meader to have a look at Green fee: Upon application for interstate and
and 36 for women. the Victoria layout. Impressed by what he saw he overseas guests.

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METROPOLITAN GC

work on the par-4 10th hole and had involvement green – a first in Australian golf. The bunkers

5
METROPOLITAN GOLF CLUB
Metropolitan is the second-oldest golf club in upgrades to various holes and their surrounds. were then constructed and hundreds of native
in the Melbourne Sandbelt having been Today, the design is revered and is only outdone trees, most of which were Flowering Gums and
established in 1908. While the course has changed by the global reputation Metropolitan has for Wattles, were also planted.
dramatically during the past 110 years, the layout, having arguably Australia’s best playing surfaces, By Sandbelt standards, the greens are small.
in all its incarnations, has never been short of which will be on display to the world later this However, they are generally hard and fast as well
plaudits from here and abroad. year when the club hosts the World Cup of Golf. as being surrounded by sand, hollows and humps.
J.B Mackenzie was one of the founding Green fee: Upon application for interstate and While most of the fairways are generous in width,
members of the club, most of which came from overseas guests. it is not hard to feel you have to work your ball
Royal Melbourne, and he laid out the original around the layout to avoid fairway bunkers or an
course across relatively flat farmland. Thousands encroaching tongue of rough. This is certainly not

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WOODLANDS GOLF CLUB
of native Australian trees and shrubs were Since 1917, Woodlands has had a a layout where you can just simply bang away with
planted beside the fairways in those early years reputation as one of the finest courses in your driver all day.
and many of those first plantings remain, adding the Melbourne Sandbelt. Green fee: $150 (manager introduced guest from
to the undeniable character of Metropolitan. This reputation is starting to spread as Interstate); $80 (member’s guest).
Dr Alister MacKenzie made improvements to Woodlands emerges from the shadows of its more
the bunkering and some of the greens during a famous neighbours.

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COMMONWEALTH GOLF CLUB
visit in 1926 but the biggest alterations came in Just before the outbreak of World War I, There have been significant upgrades to
1960 when the state government forced the club the then named and newly formed Mordialloc the Commonwealth layout during the past
to sell part of its land for the construction of a Golf Club commissioned Royal Melbourne’s decade, all of which have lifted the quality of the
school next door. American designer Dick Wilson greenkeeper, Mick Morcom, to consult on the layout to become one of the nation’s best.
was then commissioned to create seven new holes construction of its greens. Three years later, The removal of excess trees and the conversion
and over the years they have easily blended with professional golfer, Sam Bennett, laid down the of all the fairways and greens surrounds to
the original mix of holes. remaining nine holes to complete the course. Legend Couch grass are just some of the measures
Further alterations were made to the layout in The original course did not have any bunkering undertaken to improve the course, which is fast
2006 with Mike Clayton rebuilding the 12th, 13th and few trees but all this changed in 1921. The approaching its centenary year.
and 14th holes as well as making modifications to club’s secretary at the time, Hunter Rogers, Risk-and-reward is a strong aspect of the
a further six holes. More recently, Neil Crafter and took an aerial survey of the layout noting all the Commonwealth design and there is no greater
Paul Mogford (Golf Course Strategies) oversaw topographical features and approaches to each example of it than on the 364-metre 16th hole,

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one of the most photographed holes on the course.
The fairway doglegs left around a lake and some
players might be tempted to blast their drives over
the water to chase a simple approach and possible
birdie. The conservative play can also reap a birdie
but the longer approach must be left below the hole
on what is a steep sloping putting surface from
back to front.
Green fee: $250 (Interstate guests).

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YARRA YARRA GOLF CLUB
Yarra Yarra Golf Club is arguably one of
the least celebrated layouts of Melbourne’s
famed Sandbelt region, but not for much longer.
Wisely, the club plans to embrace its glorious
rich history to build the foundations of an exciting
future. And the major focus of this plan is an
extensive renovation of its course to return it to the
design concepts of its acclaimed original designer,
WOODLANDS GC
Alex Russell.
The club has appointed the Tom Doak-led firm,
Renaissance Golf Design (RGD), to oversee the
extensive changes to the East Bentleigh course,
which Russell created in 1928. Russell, the 1924
Australian Open Champion, was the Australian
design partner of the legendary Dr Alister
MacKenzie and had worked with him at Royal
Melbourne during the doctor’s famed 1926 visit.
A significant number of changes have already
been made to the layout this year, including the
decluttering of many holes on the front nine,
the removal of superfluous bunkers and the
adjustment of mowing lines to create more
playing lines.
This embracing of its past glory is sure to
produce something special when the restoration
is complete.
Green fee: Upon application for interstate and
overseas guests.

9
SPRING VALLEY GOLF CLUB
The early days of the Spring Valley Golf
Club are not dissimilar to many clubs that
now call the Melbourne Sandbelt home.
Spring Valley began its existence outside the
Sandbelt and, like the founding members of several
nearby courses, the fledgling Spring Valley turned
to Vern Morcom to create its course, which opened COMMONWEALTH GC
for play in 1951.
While the routing has remained the same over
the past 67 years, all of the holes have undergone yarra yarra gc
some form of modification under the guidance of
Mike Clayton,
In the 18-hole redesign, Clayton revamped
Morcom’s bunkering, new greens were built and
tees repositioned to maximise the strategy of
each hole.
The changes went a long way to raising Spring
Valley’s profile and reputation as one of the finest
PHOTO: NICK WALL /AIRSWING MEDIA (COMMONWEALTH GC)

courses of the Sandbelt.


It is an easy-walking course where the terrain
doesn’t fluctuate much during the round. The
377-metre opening hole is a good medium length
par-4 turning from left-to-right. The tee shot must
follow the left side of the fairway. The Morcom
bunkering becomes immediately apparent as you
head towards the green that features a large and
dramatic bunker guarding the front left of the green.
One of the best short par-3s in the Sandbelt
opens the back nine. The 134-metre 10th has been
criticised by some as being too severe because of

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HUNTINGDALE GC

the shape and size of the putting surface as well most famous of Melbourne’s Sandbelt courses due there is more to a round at Huntingdale than
as the severity of the deep bunkers that ring the to it being the home of the Australian Masters for simply pitting your skill against the course, which
green. But there are far more penal par-3s to be three decades. has been remodelled by a host of course designers
found elsewhere and this ofering, for such a short A parade of the best players in the game during the past 20 years, with Englishman
hole, simply rewards the player, who hits a good through that time including Greg Norman, Martin Hawtree consulting to the club in more
tee shot, with a birdie chance. The bad tee shot Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold recent times.
makes bogey more than likely. Palmer, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer and Seve Hawtree was an ideal choice for that job as he
Green fee: $70 (member’s guest); $100 (visitors). Ballesteros all trod Huntingdale’s fairways in is well-read in the design theories and practices
pursuit of the Masters’ gold jacket. Norman, the of Huntingdale’s original designer, Charles H.
unoicial King of Huntingdale, proved the most Alison, and has advised on some positive changes

10
HUNTINGDALE GOLF CLUB
Huntingdale – Royal Melbourne and successful in winning the event six times. to the course including the clearing of Ti-tree and
Kingston Heath aside – is arguably the As a result of its Australian Masters history, overgrown trees encroaching on playing lines. The
clearing of some areas has exposed some typical
SPRING VALLEY GC sandy wasteland found throughout the Sandbelt.
There are plenty of memorable holes to
experience at Huntingdale but the first par-3 on
the back nine, the 161-metre 12th, is one you will
never forget. Lined by tall trees along both sides
for the first 100 metres to the green, getting a
read on the breeze can be tough here, making club
selection very important. The subtle undulations
of the putting surface are an oasis compared with
what awaits when missing the green as there are
seven bunkers surrounding the putting surface.
Green fee: Upon application. Limited tee
times are available for Interstate guests who are
members of a registered golf club.

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SANCTUARY LAKES CLUB
To gaze out upon the links-style layout
at Sanctuary Lakes is to witness a

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SANCTUARY LAKES CLUB

modern marvel of golf course design. the expanding housing estates of Dandenong. showcased here) but it presents many of the same
Back in the mid-90s, a visionary developer It is nearly 65 years since Cranbourne Golf attributes of those courses found in the nearby
purchased 445-hectares of land at Point Cook, Club opened for play and chances are, if Berriman Sandbelt. Rolling couch fairways, punctuated
most of which had been home to the Cheetham was alive today, he might not recognise his layout. by creative and strategic fairway bunkering and
salt works for more than 100 years. Over its first two decades, course superintendent large, subtly sloped greens generally surrounded
The design pairing of Greg Norman and Bob Gordon Black transformed the landscape by by sand are the order of the day here.
Harrison might have thought better about the planting thousands of trees, which now frame Complementing Berriman’s evolved design is a
commission to design a world class golf course every hole. He also established Cranbourne as a high standard of conditioning throughout. Of note
on the salty plain. But they took up the challenge beautifully maintained layout, a legacy that still is the set-up of the layout with the well-manicured
anyway and the result, nearly two decades stands today. couch fairways and bent greens being trimmed to
after opening, is a layout the sits comfortably Cranbourne might lie on the outskirts of the the edges of the many bunkers throughout.
in the Top-100 in Australia. And, in case you Sandbelt (and is the furthest course from the GPO Green fee: Upon application.
hadn’t noticed, it is the only Melbourne course
showcased here that is not in the famed Sandbelt. CRANBOURNE GC
Green rolling fairways defined by long, wispy
golden rough grasses and big, sloping greens
surrounded by equally large cavernous bunkers
now cover the landscape.
At 6,456 metres from the championship
markers, Norman and Harrison created a lengthy
excursion that also places demands on your
ability to plot a route around trouble and deal with
the consequences when you stray from the ideal
playing line.
Green fee: $69 (weekdays), $89 (weekends).

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CRANBOURNE GOLF CLUB
A decade after curator and course
designer Sam Berriman oversaw the
construction and completion of Huntingdale, he
was commissioned to design a new course near

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Paradise Palms’ 18th hole is not
only testing but is one of the
most picturesque on the course.

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IN…
KEND
WEE
A G R E AT

If you are looking to


play some mid-year
golf in short sleeves
look no further than
Cairns in tropical North
Queensland for
a terrific three-day
golfing getaway.
PHOTOGRAPHY BRENDAN JAMES

P
laying golf in the winter months in
the southern states can certainly
test your love of the game. Frosty
early morning tee times, two or three layers
of clothing, biting winds and then, of course,
there is the rain.
With the warmer weather a few months away
it can be very tempting to store the clubs away
for a while. But it doesn’t have to be, as Far North
Queensland during winter ofers perfect golf
weather – average temperatures in the mid- to
high-20s, and it’s drier than you will find it
back home.
Cairns is the gateway to the region and the
first thing you have to do when you walk out of
the airport terminal is take your jumper of. Pack
it away because you won’t need it until you
head home.
The tropical sun on your face will have you, as
it did me, enthused for a hit and – after an easy
25-minute drive north of the airport to Paradise
Palms – we were quickly checked into our rooms
adjoining the course. Golf gear on, we headed for
the pro shop.
There are few more beautiful settings in
Queensland for golf than what you will find at
Paradise Palms. Heading to the 1st tee, the
rainforest covered Great Dividing Range towers
above the course to the right and, on most days,
there will be a hint of breeze in your face. The
majestic mountain range provides a stunning
backdrop to most holes on the layout, which
features rolling fairways, lined predominantly
by stands of eucalypts and dense outcrops of
tropical vegetation. Six man-made lakes and
several creeks that dissect the layout add to the
challenge and beauty of a round here.
It’s diicult to imagine this site was once
covered by acres of sugar cane. In fact, when the
former design team of Graham Marsh and Ross
Watson were shown the site by developers back in
the early 1990s, sugar cane was all they saw.

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Palmer Sea Reef offers a links
golf experience in the tropics.

Paradise Palms has had its ups and downs and an access road built to the first residential businessman/mining magnate/car collector/
during the past decade but it is now in the best development area of a luxury unit development. dinosaur aficionado/politician Clive Palmer
condition I have seen it in for many years. The course has also been reconfigured to cover bought the layout a few years back and was
It’s no coincidence the rising standard of the loss of the 7th hole with a round now starting pleasantly surprised at how good it looked.
presentation has accompanied new owners who from the original 10th tee. The old par-5 1st hole, Covering 73 hectares of land once covered
took over in 2015 and have since transformed the has been reduced to a par-4 and plays as the new by cane fields, it has all the elements of a links
layout, including the redesign of several holes. 10th hole with a new green built just beyond a course – large greens, pot bunkering, devilish
What was the course’s signature hole, the water hazard that cuts the fairway in two. The mounding, humps and hollows. What sets this
downhill par-3 7th, and the adjoining driving new 11th hole is a par-3 with a tee constructed place apart is the rainforest that cuts through the
range were taken out of play a few years ago behind the new 10th green and play is to the middle of the property, not to mention the signs
original 1st green. The round concludes on the warning of estuarine crocodiles near several
original 9th hole, which has always been a strong of the course’s water hazards. Despite our best
par-4 but its role as the closing hole gives it even eforts, we didn’t see any crocs, although Phil

WHERE TO STAY more punch.


There were no winners or losers on the course
reckoned there was one in a water hazard left of
the 9th fairway but we put it down to bloodshot
after the opening round of our weekend trip, with eyes from too many reds the night before.
PARADISE PALMS RESORT a dozen skins left hanging after the tough 9th Designed by Peter Thomson, Mike Wolveridge
The on-site resort at Paradise
was halved in bogies. It was decided the skins and Ross Perrett, Sea Reef opens with my
Palms has a range of short stay
would be put up for grabs on the mini-golf course, favourite hole on the course. It is an imposing
packages with accommodation
which lies between the course and the resort, par-4 that stretches to 380 metres from the tips.
in a resort room or one- or two-
and our lone ‘lefty’, appropriately nicknamed The prevailing breeze is into your face standing
bedroom apartment. There are two
swimming pools, 18-hole mini golf, Phil, scorched around the first nine in 14 putts on the tee where you can see the fairway winding
and children’s adventure playground. and hung on to win all the cash with an ace at the right around a bunker, a pond and a clump of
Guests also have access to a second last hole. Dinner was on Phil. rainforest. The rolling multi-levelled green is
restaurant and conference facilities. It was an early start to day two as we ventured typical of many of the putting surfaces at Sea
www.paradisepalms.com.au 40 minutes north along the Captain Cook Reef – protected on most sides by hillocks and at
Highway to Port Douglas for a round at Palmer least one bunker. However, being true to all links
Sea Reef. I hadn’t played the course since courses, there is a massive opening at the front

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THE CONVERSION
OF CAIRNS’ GREENS
FROM BERMUDA TO
NOVOTEK HAS
TAKEN THE
LAYOUT TO
ANOTHER LEVEL
IN TERMS OF ITS
PRESENTATION.

There are some quite memorable holes on


this par-72, but, for mine, one of the impressive
features of the layout is the quality of the
par-3s. The 210-metre 5th hole is the hardest
of the one-shotters and for good reason. Most
players will be using a long iron or wood here
and the entrance into the huge putting surface
is relatively narrow, between two bunkers, for
those wanting to run their approach onto the
green. Phil wasn’t so lucky with his tee shot
here and he found the front right trap. But when
he holed his bunker shot for a birdie two and
five points on the hole, he collected the first of
several big skins on the day.
We halved all the holes through to the par-5
18th. I noticed the friendly banter had gone a
few holes earlier and the boys were putting their
heads down to win the remaining skins. Cairns’
18th is a narrow excursion of 462 metres, with
the only real trouble coming in the form of four
bunkers approaching and next to the green.
Cross-handed Mick played a lovely 3-wood into
the neck of fairway between the bunkers and
pitched to just under three feet from the cup. The
of the green to play a bump shot in underneath player who likes to give his driver a rip whenever rest of us made it onto the green in regulation
the wind. possible. But the key to good scoring here is to but the closest, outside of Mick, was Phil and he
Mick, who plays every shot cross-handed and find the correct side of the fairway to leave the was at least 30 feet away. After two long range
is a burglar of a 15-handicap, had three four- best approach into the angled greens, most of misses it was up to Phil to make his putt and
pointers in the round and was rolling in our cash which feature bunkers and mounds around their square Mick. He rolled it in like we were back
as we balanced the accounts over a beer on the surrounds – another aspect of Watson’s redesign. at mini-golf. It was enough to rattle Mick, who
deck in front of the clubhouse. Instead of feeding The conversion of Cairns’ greens from pushed his short putt so badly it missed the hole
us that night, he blew his small fortune on half a Bermuda to Novotek in recent years has completely and the pot went to Phil, who kindly
dozen Port Douglas T-shirts being peddled by a taken the layout to another level in terms of used some his winnings at the airport to buy
hippie backpacker in a main street shop. its presentation. Cairns fridge magnets for each of us.
Sunday morning sleep-ins are one of life’s
little luxuries. But sleep would have to wait this
particular Sunday as our flight back to reality in
Sydney was departing at 12.40, which is why we
were bound for Cairns Golf Club at 6.30am.
There wasn’t a hint of chill in the air as we hit a
few practice putts before hitting of. It was, in every
sense of the word, a ‘perfect’ morning for golf.
The Cairns course, a humble nine-holer when
it opened in 1930, is today a very good 18-hole
layout that was extensively redesigned in the
early 90s by Ross Watson.
Watson’s changes dramatically improved the
variety of holes on the course, which is laid out
amidst tropical and native landscaping against
an ever-present Great Dividing Range backdrop.
Watson created fairways, for the most part, with The sun sets over the pretty
plenty of width, which plays into the hands of the Cairns Golf Club course.

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CLUB OF THE MONTH

Kooyonga GOLF CLUB


L O C K L E Y S • S O U T H AU S T R A L I A

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Adelaide is often overshadowed by Australia’s larger capital cities. But when
it comes to golf it certainly packs a punch – and Kooyonga Golf Club
continues to present one of the finest courses in the nation.
WORDS MICHAEL JONES

F
or all the skill that’s required to play Golf Club’s very creation was a fortunate Rymill had no choice but to take an
golf successfully there will always be stroke of serendipity. alternative route via tram – which just so
the exciting – and sometimes The year was 1922. The Great War had ended happened to pass by the parcel of land known as
frustrating – concept of luck; the notion that and the Great Depression was still seven years “May’s Paddock”.
good shots can be punished, and bad shots away. Herbert “Cargie” Rymill was on his way The vast landscape stole his attention, so
can be rewarded. Some golf courses home from Adelaide’s CBD to Henley Beach when he noticed a ‘for sale’ sign he decided to
successfully capture and embrace that side of before his journey was interrupted by a train disembark the tram and take a closer look. The
the game better than others – and Kooyonga strike. Enter Lady Luck. 52-year-old climbed over the fence and

The short dogleg par-4 18th can


tempt long hitters to take on the
bunkers to reach the green.

golf australia | JULY 2018 119


The approach to the 4th green
is best made from the right half
of the fairway.

walked across the sizeable property. He noted The design firm currently employed by regards to conditioning. The Lockleys club,
the quality of the sandy soil and the natural Kooyonga (Crafter + Mogford Golf Strategies) which has long been renowned for the quality of
bumps and hollows and knew he had found understands and respects the origins of the its playing surfaces, has rarely presented better
something special: it was the perfect canvas for course, and has essentially been asked to and will only continue to improve under the
a golf course. identify and enhance the unique landscape LEP in place.
After purchasing the land and establishing components of the property. “The land is undulating without being hilly
the Kooyonga Golf Club – with the help of “The main task has been the creation and and its sand base allows the preparation of the
numerous acquaintances – Rymill had implementation of a Landscape Enhancement high quality and well-draining turf surfaces
designed and built nine holes within 12 months, Plan (LEP) for the course,” said Neil Crafter, that Kooyonga has been renowned for over
which opened for play in July, 1923. The who grew up caddying and playing at Kooyonga. many decades,” Crafter said.
remaining stretch of holes were completed in “This has involved selected tree and bush The team is also completing a greens
1924 and Kooyonga (which Rymill mistakenly removals to widen playing corridors and replacement program, which has seen the
believed to be an Aboriginal term for ‘plenty create vistas, along with the creation of reconstruction of one green per year and will
sand, plenty water’) was up and running. extensive fescue and native grass areas continue until the Women’s Open returns
Eighty-four years have since gone by but the across the course.” in 2021.
layout has stood the test of time, recently – and The recent removal of trees and scrub has “Some of the greens that have been rebuilt in
very successfully – hosting the 2018 Women’s exposed natural sandy areas and has allowed recent years have had their contours retained,
Australian Open won by South Korea’s Jin the layout to breathe better – but it has also with some subtly modified, while others have
Young Ko. helped the course reach even greater heights in been totally redesigned,” Crafter said.

Water covers the front right part


of the 17th green, which can be
reached with a mid to short iron. THE COURSE
CONSTANTLY
CHALLENGES THE
GOLFER TO PLAY
THEIR BEST SHOTS –
AND A WIDE RANGE
OF SHOTS ARE
NEEDED TO PLAY
KOOYONGA WELL.
– NEIL CRAFTER

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FACT FILE
The wind blown par-3 14th has a
sheltered tee, and an exposed green, THE COURSE
making club selection difficult.
LOCATION: May Terrace, Lockleys, South
Australia, 5032.
CONTACT: (08) 8352 5444;
(08) 8443 6162 (pro shop).
WEBSITE: www.kooyongagolf.com.au
DESIGNERS: Herbert L. Rymill (1924); Martin
Hawtree (2008); Neil Crafter and Paul
Mogford (ongoing).
COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Richard James.
PGA PROFESSIONALS: John Corbett, Susie
Mathews and Duard Nel.
SLOPE RATINGS: 137 (Men’s black tees), 136
(Men’s blue tees), 134 (Men’s white tees); 137
(Women’s red tees), 130 (Women’s yellow tees).
PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana couch
(fairways); Bentgrass (greens).
GREEN FEES: $220 (18 holes for Golflink
card holders).

THE CLUB
MEMBERSHIPS: Kooyonga offers a wide
range of memberships to allow everyone
the opportunity to access the club. Junior
memberships do not have an entrance fee and
incur an annual subscription fee of $1,184.70.
Category two memberships cost $3,159.20 per
year with a $6,800 entrance fee, while category
one memberships cost $3,949 per year with an
$8,500 entrance fee. For more information, visit
the website: www.kooyongagolf.com.au
One such example comes at the 355-metre is one that can be found the world over as the RECIPROCAL CLUBS: ACT (Royal Canberra
4th hole – where the green has been slightly ball continues to fly further and further. But GC); NSW (The Australian GC, Concord GC,
enlarged and reshaped to become more Crafter and Mogford – together with those in Killara GC); QLD (The Brisbane Golf Club);
receptive to balls that used to frequently run of charge at Kooyonga – clearly value and want to TAS (Launceston GC); VIC (Commonwealth
into bunkers. protect the history of the club.
GC, Kingston Heath GC, Metropolitan GC; WA
Crafter and Mogford were responsible for the “It was very well routed by its founder and
(Cottesloe GC, Lake Karrinyup CC).
construction of the temporary 19th hole, which original architect Cargie Rymill and the course
WEDDINGS & CORPORATE GOLF: From intimate
is located between the 2nd and 11th holes and today closely follows his original routing,”
gatherings to celebrations of grand proportions,
compliments its fellow par-3s very nicely. Crafter said.
Kooyonga creates the perfect backdrop for any
Indeed, the one-shotters at Kooyonga are highly The train strike that steered Rymill towards
revered and deservingly so. Each hole possesses the vacant land on which Kooyonga Golf Club occasion. Its magnificent views and superb
its own unique character and demands diferent now stands was certainly very fortuitous. It was cuisine combine with the modern clubhouse and
shots to be played – and that’s a very pleasing a series of events that ultimately led to the experienced events team to ensure your function
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throughout your round thanks to Rymill. courses. But the reason why Kooyonga is so well Packages booked during winter, 2018 start at $99
“The course constantly challenges the golfer entrenched within Australia’s Top-100 Courses per person. Contact the Clubhouse Operations
to play their best shots – and a wide range of at No.25 has nothing to do with luck – rather, Manager, Anna Fontaine, for further details:
shots are needed to play Kooyonga well,” the skill and dedication required to conserve its (08) 8352 5444 or anna@kooyongagolf.com.au
Crafter said. original design.
The 14th is considered the track’s signature
hole and is one of South Australia’s most
celebrated par-3s. The 145-metre challenge
presents players with an elevated green – which
is guarded by deep bunkers and is subjected to
the elements – and a tee box encapsulated by
trees, meaning club selection becomes very
diicult. Anything long will run down the steep
slope behind the putting surface, while any
other missed shot will generally find sand.
Speaking of bunkers, Crafter and Mogford
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have reshaped numerous traps around the


course and built some of their own at two of the
par-5s (1st and 16th holes).
“The bunkering has been unified in terms of
its character and appearance, while a number
of fairway bunkers have been added to selected The bunkering is a
holes,” Crafter said. memorable feature of the
That theme of strengthening the golf course 179-metre par-3 3rd hole.

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BLACKY & HIS DAMNED TRADITION


IT’S 7:48. Cold. Windy. Threatening skies The three of them had me circled. “But it’s And it was. Buoyed with Dutch courage and
and talk of pulling out, but only if things a tradition! Birdie gets a slug of the unflappable self-belief I pulled the Maltby
proceeded from the potentially bleak we good stuff!” and swung like a man who meant business.
had to properly bleak. Our first hole was “Yeah,” chimed in Lovey. A sadly familiar code was entered into
the par-5 9th, gettable in two given the “Tradition’s tradition, Daddy. Same as not the scorecard.
mild hurricane up our clackers. clearing the ladies tee buys a round of drinks. Bogey. Double. Double. Bogey. Not until
Driver high off the toe and it ran like it was Last in the group to three putt buys a round, the taste of those Sixteen Men had cleared
being chased past the bunkers into the land too. Last man in a bunker is straight to the my throat did good golf return, and by then
of the reachable. bar as well. Everyone knows this stuff.” it was all too late.
There was a funny feeling about today. I’d There was much to reconcile in my head. Damn you, Blacky. Next time I’d have to
ditched a conventional big brand technology I’m one under after one and staring down save the birdie for the end of the round.
hybrid to welcome back to the bag a Maltby the barrel of the greatest game of my life and
2-iron; Ralph not Roger Maltby. He is my a new future in another country and this
yoda. Almost everyone laughs at this club, but happens. “I really don’t drink brandy, or
it works well enough. rum. Not unless it’s really late and I can’t
The ball soared, just making the edge of bear the thought of another beer.
the green. A two-putt birdie was the But even then …”
second-best way I could think of starting this Blacky puffed up
golfing day. A one-putt eagle would have been like a rooster. “It’s
better, obviously, but a three-pointer to kick single malt scotch,
things off should put the curse to rest. Maybe mate. Glenmorangie.
even get the wheels rolling toward the From the Highlands,
fantasy of some kind of representative roll for matured and distilled
the club. Maybe a Vardon. Maybe a spot on in Ross Shire.
the Senior Tour – here first, then Europe. And Perfected by the
why not America? The Champions Tour, with Sixteen Men of Tain.
Gowie, that’d be a cack. Ten years old. It’s
Birdie it was (funny that the greens never good. From the
feel as fast as the practice green). The boys country that invented
were rapt. golf comes the rich
“Loosen the cap, Blacky,” says Lovey. reward for playing it
“Patience, Lovey. Patience,” says Blacky. well. Every birdie gets
And honestly, he did sound just a little like a slug. Tradition.”
Thurston Howell the Third talking to his wife, So, I took the hip
Eunice: affectionately known as ‘Lovey’. Only flask amid the rich
our Lovey is more a nickname than a term of imagery of a man like
endearment. His last name is Love, so being me on the links in the
Australian he becomes Lovey. Black becomes homeland. Who was I
Blacky. Ford becomes Fordy and so on. kidding? This could
Fordy said, “On the tee, Blacky. Loosen the be the start of
cap on the tee. He’ll need a bit of help with something special. I
the hardest hole on the course.” The 10th is a smacked my lips and
brutal 217-metre par-3, uphill with a wildly tried not to wince as
sloping green. It’s rarely fun, but on this day, the labours of the
maybe it would be. Sixteen Men of Tain
Blacky went back to his scorecard burned down my
scribbling and nodded. On the tee he came at throat and warmed
me with his mighty paw extended. It looked my gut. “Best get
as if he was holding some kind of trophy. another birdie,” I
Having never won anything, I’ve got a bit of a said to nods from
thing for trophies, and this was gorgeous and the group. “That’s
gleaming and silver. Once in focus, I realized all-bloody-right.”
it was actually a hip flask.
It wasn’t even 8am.
“What’s this?” But even through the “I’M TRYING REALLY
freshly cut grass and the hint of linament oil
I’d applied in lieu of a warm-up, I caught a
HARD NOT TO DRINK
whiff. Hard liquor. BEFORE 8AM ON
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“Call me weird,” I offered. “But I’m trying


really hard not to drink before 8am on
WEEKDAYS. WEEKENDS,
weekdays. Weekends, too, if I’m honest.” TOO, IF I’M HONEST.”

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