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Golf Australia September 2021 - Issue #388

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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in this issue

2 min
“the igf and ioc need to look at what makes for great olympic moments.”

The first week of the Olympic golf competition saw plenty of discussion and criticism around the format of the event – 72 holes of strokeplay, just like 99.9 percent of every other golf tournament played around the globe every week of the year. For someone who watches golf every week, another 72-hole strokeplay tournament doesn’t really get the juices flowing. In fact, it was only when there was a bronze medal on the line and seven players trying to win it that the men’s Olympic competition became totally enthralling. So, shouldn’t the Olympic golf competition, played every four years, offer an alternative way of determining the best players that week? The International Golf Federation (IGF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) have a great opportunity to provide a more captivating competition by embracing…

1 min
get dressed for success in 2022

WIN TEAM APPAREL FOR YOUR CLUB worth $12,000 Looking the part can be a big boost to achieving success on the golf course. Wearing stylish, perfectly fitting and practical golf apparel can be the difference between feeling good and feeling great. With this in mind, Golf Australia magazine has teamed with Australia’s No.1 golf apparel brand, Sporte Leisure, to provide one lucky club with $12,000 worth of apparel to dress their representative teams for success in 2022. Since commencing operations in 1991, Sporte Leisure has remained committed to being the No.1 supplier of quality and value for money golf apparel, whilst aiming to maintain its influence as a creator of lifestyle inspired product for both men and women. Nominations close on September 16 with the winning club drawn and notified on September 30. For full terms and…

3 min
the enemies within

The ongoing childish feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka has the potential to sabotage America’s bid to recapture the Ryder Cup from Europe. DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open Champion, and Koepka, a four-time major winner, have automatically qualified for selection in the U.S team for the matches to start at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, on September 24. But the relationship between the pair has become so toxic it might be difficult to get the two in the same room, let alone have them act like they’re part of a cohesive team unit. There is not a snowflakes chance in hell of Captain Steve Stricker pairing Bryson and Brooks during the 43rd biennial matches. Nor can one imagine Bryson or Brooks cheering on the other at any stage over the three days of competition. Despite…

1 min
trevor’s new look squad

International Presidents Cup Captain Trevor Immelmen has introduced a new qualification system for his team to compete in the 2022 matches at Quail Hollow in South Carolina. “Something that I thought was very important and I wanted to take a close look at in my captaincy was the qualification criteria for our 2022 International Team,” Immelman wrote in his blog for presidentscup.com. “We have to make sure that we have a system which could identify the players that are in the best form leading up to the Presidents Cup. “With that as a backdrop, we have revamped the qualification system for the International Team to ensure we have the best 12 players onsite at Quail Hollow.” The qualification period began with the 2021 Open Championship and will continue through to the 2022 BMW…

4 min
do we really need bunker rakes?

no ROD MORRI Golf Australia’s podcast, The Thing About Golf, host and columnist Some will undoubtedly condemn my ‘no rakes in bunkers’ take as some sort of woke nonsense but that would be a very narrow view of an issue that speaks volumes about the way the game has changed – not necessarily for the better – over the decades. Like the 14-club rule and calls for sand filled fairway divots to be treated as GUR, rakes in bunkers are a 20th century contrivance which go against the very essence of what golf is about. At its core, golf is – or should be – a test of golfer against the course and the elements. This test calls on a player’s judgement as well as their ability to execute in a variety of different circumstances. Among…

3 min
‘david’ slays golf’s goliaths

In 1913 the two biggest names in the golfing world were Brits Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Outside of Massachusetts, Francis Ouimet was a complete unknown. Vardon had already won a U.S. Open and five Open Championships, while Ray was a prolific winner and an Open Champion. Ouimet’s only victory before the 1913 U.S. Open was the Massachusetts Amateur. Vardon and Ray were so revered that the USGA broke with tradition to move the date of that year’s U.S Open from June to September so the pair could make the journey from Britain to contest the championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet didn’t have so far to go. The then 20-year-old lived with his family on Clyde St, across the road from the 17th hole at The Country Club. As a…