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Golf Australia June 2021 - Issue #385

Each month, Golf Australia showcases great Australian courses and golfing holidays, profiles players and conducts road tests of the latest equipment. Leading PGA professional share instruction tips to improve your game and keep your handicap tumbling.

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2 min
“the pgl hasn’t gone away and has actually intensified its pursuit of players.”

Men’s professional golf is fast approaching a crossroads where the choice made by some of the game’s best and most popular players has the potential to tear Tour golf apart. At the time of going to press, the Premier Golf League (PGL) or Golf Super League, as some have called it, was ramping up its presence. Tempting offers to agents and their players – including Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and World No.1 Dustin Johnson – to turn their back on the PGA Tour to join its world Tour have been made. News of the rival golf Tour first surfaced in early 2020, with multimillion dollar guaranteed contracts, team structures and potential team ownerships for players. The original plans were for an 18-tournament schedule between…

6 min
mornington golf club mornington peninsula • victoria

I have a confession to make. The first six or seven times I ventured to Victoria’s golf-rich Mornington Peninsula to play I didn’t even consider adding Mornington Golf Club to my itinerary. That would not be the case today. Of course, my failings back then could perhaps be forgiven when you consider there is a plethora of great golf to be experienced on the peninsula with nearly 20 courses to choose from – a dozen of which have attained a ranking among the best courses in the country. Mornington Golf Club is, today, one of those courses having joined the ranks of the peninsula’s elite in 2019 when it debuted at No.84 on Golf Australia magazine’s list of Top-100 Public Access Courses. When the 2021 ranking was published earlier this year,…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: Tallis Drive, Mornington, Victoria. CONTACT: (03) 5975 2784; (03) 5975 4171 (pro shop). WEBSITE: www.morningtongolf.com.au DESIGNERS: Vern Morcom, Sloan Morpeth and Gus Jackson (1950); Jack Watson (1967); Ben Davey and Darius OIiver (ongoing). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Kevin Toebelman. PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana couch (fairways); Bentgrass (greens). PGA PROFESSIONAL: Michael Faraone. GREEN FEES: $55 (18 holes, weekdays); $75 (18 holes, weekends and public holidays). MEMBERSHIPS: Mornington has a wide range of membership categories. There is currently a waiting list for seven-day full memberships, but five-and six-day memberships are available. To download a membership brochure, visit the club’s website: www.morningtongolf.com.au ACCOLADES: Ranked No.64 in Golf Australia magazine’s Top-100 Public Access Courses, 2021.…

4 min
“the pga tour is an egregious example of what happens when control is driven solely by money.”

The clue, as ever, is in the title. If sport at the professional level is to be truly “competitive” it must be open to all, or at least all of those armed with talent enough to reach for the stars. Any dilution of that absolute is to the detriment of what, in this increasingly commercial world, is referred to as “the product.” Speaking as a fan of many sports – except the mind-numbing tedium that is horse racing and Formula One – I am in favour of frank discussion around any and all aspects of the fun and games I like to follow. As the world of soccer confirmed just recently when the proposed European Super League (ESL) was met with near unanimous condemnation, such discourse can be a powerful weapon…

3 min
crazy for hideki

The image of Shota Hayafuji – Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie at the Masters – removing his cap and bowing his head to Augusta National will be imprinted into the memories of golf fans for years to come. It was an extremely historic day for the sport, after all. Matsuyama had defeated exciting American youngster Will Zalatoris by one shot to become the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship – and he had done it on what is arguably the game’s most celebrated stage for all the world to see. There were no immediate tears, no leaps of joy and no screams of happiness.The phlegmatic 29-year-old simply embraced Hayafuji, shook hands with his playing partner Xander Schauffele and proceeded to walk towards Jim Nantz and Butler Cabin. But rest assured,…

4 min
birdies or bogies … what entertains you?

BOGIES ADRIAN LOGUE Golf Australia Top-100 Judge and contributing writer Speaking at the annual Australian Golf Media dinner, Bob Shearer once said, “You don’t know pressure until you’ve had to bogey the last four holes to win the Australian Golf Writers Championship.” Bob knew something about pressure. He felt four days of it from none other than Jack Nicklaus to win our national Open on the Golden Bear’s own redesigned Australian Golf Club in 1982. In the end, Bob’s lead with four to play was such that he COULD have finished with four bogies and still won. Just four years later Nicklaus himself would credit a bogey on the 12th at Augusta with giving him the motivation to attack the remaining holes and secure his final green jacket in the ‘86 Masters. Perhaps the most celebrated…