Hendy Secures Victory of the Queen’s Cup in Thailand

Queensland’s Scott Hend enjoyed a one-shot triumph at the Queen’s Cup on Sunday for his second title of the season and ninth Asian Tour career victory.

The big-hitting Queenslander overcame a two-shot deficit with a final round of four-under-par 67 at the Santiburi Samui Country Club to pip home talent Gunn Charoenkul, who signed off with a bogey-free 66 for his best finish on Tour.

Overnight leader Prom Meesawat endured a disappointing 72 to finish three back in joint third place with American Paul Peterson (69), Korea’s Jeunghun Wang (69) and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert (66) in the US$300,000 Asian Tour tournament.

“I lost the tournament in Wentworth, lost the tournament in Mauritius and had chances in China. That’s four times this year and I didn’t win. Whether this was my golf course or not, I’ve been playing very good golf and trying to not get down on myself. It’s nice to win again,” said Hend, who was victorious at the True Thailand Classic earlier this season.

Hend turned in 35 and then drew level with Prom with birdies on 11 and 12. He surged ahead with a seven-foot birdie on 14 which the Thai bogeyed after finding trouble with an errant drive.

Scott Hend, happy with his second win of the season…

With a two-shot lead, the Queenslander parred home to hoist the Queen’s Cup, becoming only the second non-Thai golfer to win the tournament since it joined the Asian Tour Schedule in 2009.

“I sort of put the bit between the teeth and got on 11 and hit driver up to near the green. I took the hole on as I thought I needed to make a move. Prom was ahead then and I chipped to four feet for birdie and on 12, I hit another great drive and hit it to six feet for another great birdie,” said Hend

“Unfortunately for Prom, he made a mistake on the 14th hole which I made another birdie and that was a big swing. I saw I had a two-shot lead coming down the last hole and I didn’t want to do anything stupid or ridiculous.”

Hend’s latest victory could see him overtake countryman Marcus Fraser on the Official World Golf Ranking and put him in position to make the Olympic Games.

“There are three more weeks for the Olympic qualifying. I’m 43 this year, who knows how much longer (I can play) although I’m getting better with age. It’ll be nice to go the Olympics and be one of the first Australians to play in it since golf’s re-inclusion. It’s all these different things that you chalk up in your career and when you’re finished, you just sit back and say this is what I did,” said Hend, who totalled 15-under-par 269 and earned US$54,000.

Gunn, 24, charged into contention by turning in 32 but the birdies dried up on the back nine. He had a chance to put some pressure on Hend by missed an eagle chance from 15 feet at the last hole.

Hendy is in line for potential Olympics after Thailand win...
Hendy is in line for potential Olympics after Thailand win…

“I was striking it really good and I kept making good putts on the front nine. I could just see the breaks. On the back nine, I looked at the leaderboard on 11 and I said okay, I’ve got to do something.

“But I just couldn’t get the breaks right then, I got the speed right but I missed a lot of chances, about six or seven holes. I couldn’t make birdie until the last hole. I hit it close on 18 for eagle and it would have been nice to put some pressure on him.

“Hopefully I can keep improving from here. I’ll keep working hard for sure,” said Gunn.

Prom, chasing a third Asian Tour title, was disappointed he failed to win on home soil for the first time. “I was playing alright but didn’t make any putts. Hendy played good and hit almost all fairways. He had a good up and down on 13 and then I made bogey on 14. He played solid golf,” said Prom.

Awesome win for Scott Hend in Thailand…
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Paddo finishes 6th in Hawaii

Padraig Harrington in action during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington in action during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth strolled to a seventh PGA Tour title with an eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, which saw him come close to a recording-breaking 72-hole score.

The world number one came into the final round five shots in front of Brooks Koepka, but there was never any danger of anyone catching him as he carded a six-under-par 67 to finish a staggering -30.

If his birdie attempt at 17 had not fell a foot short of the hole, he would have levelled the PGA record for 72 holes of 31 under which is held by Ernie Els.

Although the 22-year-old missed out on history, he was in glorious form in Hawaii and proved comparisons to Tiger Woods are not misplaced as he becomes the third youngest man to reach seven PGA titles, taking just a month longer than Woods.

Had Spieth matched his second-round score of 64 he would have broken Els’ record, but he saved his highest score of the tournament for the final round.

It still contained seven birdies and one bogey and was enough to ensure a sixth tour win in the last 21 outings.

However, he is keen to play down any comparisons to Woods.

“I am nowhere near, I don’t think there’s any reason to compare, it is awfully early,” he said. “I’m very excited with where I am at as a start to my career and what Tiger has done I can’t imagine ever being done again, but it’s very nice to be in that company.

“Any time that you can get into the company of him and other great players, it’s a goal I’ve had since I was a little kid.”

On his performance, he added: “I’m very satisfied. I felt comfortable all week, I felt it was just a short three-week break over the holidays and then just trying to continue what I was doing last year. It worked this week and all parts of the game were firing.”

First-round leader Patrick Reed finished in second place after a four-under-par 69 ensured a -22 score while Koepka, who started the round in second place, slipped back to tied third with Brandt Snedeker.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington closed with a final round 67 which consisted of six birdies and 12 pars in a tie for sixth.

The 44-year-old’s performance saw him rise 22 places in the world rankings and now lies in 120th. He will need to make his way back into the world’s top 50 to gain a place at the US Masters in Augusta in April.

It was announced today that the Dubliner’s 18-year association with Wilson will continue.

“My association with Wilson Staff clubs is one of the longest and most successful in the game and I’m delighted to see it continue,” Harrington said. “I can always rely on Wilson Staff clubs when I get into contention and the support I get out on the Tour is second to none.”

If Padraig Harrington uses TGM grip wouldn't you want to???
Padraig Harrington uses TGM grips wouldn’t you want to??? Yes, they work great in the wet…including rain!!!!

Jordan Spieth strolled to a seventh PGA Tour title with an eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, which saw him come close to a recording-breaking 72-hole score.

The world number one came into the final round five shots in front of Brooks Koepka, but there was never any danger of anyone catching him as he carded a six-under-par 67 to finish a staggering -30.

If his birdie attempt at 17 had not fell a foot short of the hole, he would have levelled the PGA record for 72 holes of 31 under which is held by Ernie Els.

Although the 22-year-old missed out on history, he was in glorious form in Hawaii and proved comparisons to Tiger Woods are not misplaced as he becomes the third youngest man to reach seven PGA titles, taking just a month longer than Woods.

Had Spieth matched his second-round score of 64 he would have broken Els’ record, but he saved his highest score of the tournament for the final round.

It still contained seven birdies and one bogey and was enough to ensure a sixth tour win in the last 21 outings.

However, he is keen to play down any comparisons to Woods.

“I am nowhere near, I don’t think there’s any reason to compare, it is awfully early,” he said. “I’m very excited with where I am at as a start to my career and what Tiger has done I can’t imagine ever being done again, but it’s very nice to be in that company.

“Any time that you can get into the company of him and other great players, it’s a goal I’ve had since I was a little kid.”

On his performance, he added: “I’m very satisfied. I felt comfortable all week, I felt it was just a short three-week break over the holidays and then just trying to continue what I was doing last year. It worked this week and all parts of the game were firing.”

First-round leader Patrick Reed finished in second place after a four-under-par 69 ensured a -22 score while Koepka, who started the round in second place, slipped back to tied third with Brandt Snedeker.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington closed with a final round 67 which consisted of six birdies and 12 pars in a tie for sixth.

The 44-year-old’s performance saw him rise 22 places in the world rankings and now lies in 120th. He will need to make his way back into the world’s top 50 to gain a place at the US Masters in Augusta in April.

It was announced today that the Dubliner’s 18-year association with Wilson will continue.

“My association with Wilson Staff clubs is one of the longest and most successful in the game and I’m delighted to see it continue,” Harrington said. “I can always rely on Wilson Staff clubs when I get into contention and the support I get out on the Tour is second to none.”

Padraig Harrington finishing 6th using The Grip Master grips and deserves a comment for being among the top 10 PGA Players on the planet…..
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Scott Hend Wins the Macau Open, for the second time in 3 years…

Scott Hend continued a remarkable record at the Asian Tour’s Macau Open, posting his second win in three years at the event after finishing runner-up last year.

Hendy uses the Wrapped Pin-Perforated Swingers for his drivers and wedges…

The Queenslander out-dueled 2014 champion Anirban Lahiri this week, turning the tables on the Indian born Presidents Cup player who beat Hend into second last year.

Starting the final round three shots clear of Lahiri, Hend made his intentions clear early with three birdies in the opening nine to match the defending champion.

Two more birdies on the back nine saw Hend post an impressive 5-under 66 and maintain his three shot cushion, the bogey free final round leading to his seventh career Asian Tour win.

“Feel relief and rewarded as I’ve worked hard the last few weeks in Europe,” Hend told the Asian Tour website.

“I knew Anirban wasn’t going to go away. He’s a great player and I just went out there with the aim to shoot a good score as I knew they had to catch me.

“I can’t really remember much about 2013 (his win). I remember more about last year where I didn’t play solid down the stretch and Anirban got me. So this year, it is a different feeling.

“I just tried to make the right choices and not put any pressure on myself and let Anirban have a sniff. I was concerned about Anirban once he gets a sniff it’s pretty hard to get in front of him.”

The win likely sees Hend earn a spot in the upcoming WGC event in China as well as the PGA TOUR co-sanctioned CIMB tournament in Malaysia by way of his current second placing on the order of Merit.

Sam Brazel was next best of the Australians finishing T8 with Terry Pilkadaris and Andrew Dodt (T17) and Jarrod John Freeman, Adam Groomand Nathan Holman (T24) all in the top 25.

Hend holds off Indian duo to take another Macau title… “I think he loves the Macau Open”…

Hend now heads to Hong Kong to defend the title that earned him his European Tour card when he won last year.

 

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Tied second finish for Pilkadaris in Denmark

Terry Pilkadaris (Getty Images)

Terry Pilkadaris found it hard to hide his disappointment after a closing 74 at the Made in Denmark but vowed to keep working towards a first European Tour win.

The Australian was playing just his eighth European Tour event of the year with his best result this term coming on the Challenge Tour, a fourth placed finish at the Najeti Open Presented by Neuflize OBC in June.

But rounds of 66-68-65 had him just a single shot behind leader and eventual winner David Horsey going into the final round at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa and he even held the lead on the eighth tee after Horsey dropped a shot on the seventh.

But back-to-back bogeys on the eighth and ninth saw him drop out of the lead and a double bogey after having to take a drop on the 15th ended the 41 year old’s chances of becoming the oldest first time winner since James Kingston won the 2008 South African Airways Open.

“I’m disappointed,” he said after finishing in a tie for second. “I bogeyed 14 and doubled 15 so I couldn’t keep the pressure on. I had a half chance on the 18th with an 18-footer but just pushed it right. That’s the way golf goes.

“The wind was really up today. From the seventh onwards it was a two to three club breeze. I paid the penalty on eight, and again on 15 when I had a flier out of the rough.

“That’s golf. I was just missing the fairway today and then you’re struggling from there with the lies in the rough. If I’d driven it better I would’ve had a better chance.

“It was a fun tussle with David. Credit to him for closing it out. He gave us hope on 16 by missing that short putt but I didn’t put the pressure on down 17 and 18 as I would’ve liked.

“It’s my best ET finish, but there’s a lot of disappointment from today.

“I know the game’s there so I’ll keep plugging away.”

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David Bransdon survives epic playoff to claim Queensland Open

THE sportsmanship of Rohan Blizard to call a penalty on himself should be saluted as loudly as Victorian David Bransdon’s rousing playoff triumph at Sunday’s Isuzu Queensland Open.

Bransdon’s supreme patience to win his first big title in two years at Brookwater wasn’t even rattled when Sydneysider Blizard produced stunning back-to-back eagles mid-round to jump to a two-stroke lead with nine holes to play.

Blizzard’s brilliant three wood into the 8th for an eagle putt from 2m and a hole out from 80m from the fairway with his lob wedge on the 9th were jaw-droppers.

“I was moving some of the sticks around the ball. A stick moved a leaf, the ball kind off oscillated a little bit and I called a rules official over,” Blizard said.

“I said ‘I’m taking an extra shot on the hole’.

“Golf is an honest game and if I didn’t call the penalty on myself I might have been thinking about it the rest of the round and not played as well.”

It was super-impressive from Blizard (75-67-67-67) when many in the gallery around him never saw the ball move before he admirably whistled over rules official Russell Swanson to take a one-stroke penalty.

What happened next is the sort of karma that wins tournaments. He blasted out of the rubbish and then holed a 25m chip for a ridiculous par.

It wasn’t to be. Bransdon’s own back-to-back birdies on that hole and the 13th again linked the frontrunners, who finished at 12-under-par which was three strokes lower than Nick Cullen’s 2013 winning total.

In the playoff, Bransdon sighed in frustration, “Come on Brookwater give me a break”, when a birdie putt slipped just wide and before a lipout delayed his win.

“I’m not the future (at 41), it’s the kids who turned up to watch but while I’m loving the game and still improving I’m giving it everything,” Bransdon said.

The king of Victoria’s pro-am circuit from Yallourn Heights to Eaglehawk over the past 18 months is heading back to European Tour qualifying school in November to try to earn a big tour spot again.

Young Queensland amateur Jake McLeod closed with a superb 67-68 weekend for equal fourth thanks to yesterday’s seven birdies. It would have been worth $4620 for a pro but there will be decent cheques ahead if he sustains his learning.

The Queensland Open is heading to Brisbane Golf Club for a three-year run with Isuzu’s continued sponsorship and there is much to live up to after Brookwater’s quality hosting of three events.

Congratulations to Dave Bransdon on winning the 2015 Queensland Open. Dave uses TGM KSS Red/White (Mad Sydney Swans Fan)

LEADERBOARD: QUEENSLAND OPEN

12-under: David Bransdon (69-71-67-69) Winner at 3rd playoff hole

12-under: Rohan Blizzard (75-67-67-67)

8-under: Mark Brown NZ (74-67-70-69)

7-under: Jake McLeod-Am (74-72-67-68), Aaron Townsend (72-69-71-69), Adam Blyth (73-70-70-68)

6-under: Ed Stedman (70-71-72-69)

5-under: Michael Wright (69-73-73-68), Michael Sim (69-71-70-73)

4-under: Rory Bourke (68-71-73-72), Matt Guyatt (71-71-71-71), Matt Millar (69-71-77-67), Josh Younger (75-69-70-70)

20 players in the field were using TGM Grips
10 players using TGM grips Made the cut
4 players in the top 10 using TGM grips including David Bransdon.
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Jake Stirling wins the PGM Rahman Putra Championship

Overnight leader Jake Stirling of Australia earned his breakthrough on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after closing with a two-under-par 70 to claim a two-shot victory at the PGM Rahman Putra Championship on Saturday.

Jake uses the EKSS Oversized Genuine Leather Golf Grips by The Grip Master…

Stirling, who headed into the final round with a three-shot cushion thanks to a superb third round 62, negotiated his ways with four birdies against two bogeys for a winning total of 21-under-par 267 at the Rahman Putra Golf Club.

Japan’s Masaru Takahashi battled to a second consecutive 69 but was unable to pip Stirling to the title as he took second place on 269 while American Jarin Todd settled four shots back in third following a 72 at the RM250,000 (approximately US$69,250) ADT event.

South African Mathiam Keyser came in fourth after carding a 68 while Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung signed off with his best effort of a 66 to take fifth place on his own at the PGM Rahman Putra Championship, which is the 14th leg of the ADT schedule this season.

Stirling, who came through the Qualifying School in January to earn his playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season, held his nerve in his last 18 holes to land his first victory since joining the play-for-pay ranks in 2013.

“This win means a lot to me. I have been playing on the ADT for a couple of years now and I am very happy because it’s my first professional victory. Playing on the ADT hasn’t been easy but it’s been a great experience. It took me awhile to get used to the different greens out here in Asia. It’s very different from what we get back home in Australia,” said the 25-year-old Australian.

Jake Stirling with a victory on the Asian Tour

“I was a little nervous today actually, especially going into the last few holes but I told myself to stay calm and not think too much about winning. I am glad I did it and my main aim right now is to try and keep my Asian Tour card for next season,” added Stirling, whose highlight of the round came on the 16th hole where he sank a 25-footer putt for birdie.

Stirling will take home a prize purse of US$11,648 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his victory, which also propelled him to third place on the ADT Order of Merit led by Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien.

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Chook Fowler wins again at PGA Seniors

Peter Fowler has continued his incredible recent form by claiming a second-consecutive European Senior Tour title at the ISPA Handa PGA Seniors Championship in England.

The Australian came into the final day with a four-shot lead and eventually won by three, but he did not have it all his own way during the final round at Close House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Peter Fowler using his Genuine Leather Golf Grips by The Grip Master, to win back to back victories on The Seniors European Tour…

Fresh off a win in last week’s Jersey Open, Fowler double bogeyed the ninth hole to see his lead disappear as Austria’s Gordon Manson pulled level.

But Fowler refused to buckle and refocused his efforts on the back nine, firing three birdies to finish at 12-under par to claim his fifth European Senior Tour win and a €57,217 (AU$83,000) winner’s cheque.

Manson finished second, three shots back, with Carl Mason in third place at 8-under par.

“Two wins in a row is something that doesn’t happen very often,” said Fowler. “There’s a lot of years of hard work, almost 15 years, to get to this stage, so it’s been worth it.”

“I’m playing really good golf and whether you win or not it’s a bonus, but playing good golf is what I strive to do. My putting in particular has been the best it has been for a long, long time, so I’m chuffed with that. You can’t win tournaments without your putting.”

Manson’s second place finish was the best of his European Senior Tour career.

“Peter (Fowler) said to me ‘well played you had me sweating out there’ and I gave him a bit of a run for his money. I had chances and got some good putts in today,” the Austrian said.

“It’s my best ever finish and I’m delighted. There was a little blemish on the last, but hey, I did so much good stuff this week.”

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Padraig Harrington wins the Honda Classic in Florida

Padraig Harrington ends long wait for PGA Tour title with win at Honda Classic. Harrington secures play-off victory and a Masters place. The PGA player is now The Grip Master’s strongest player rising to 82nd in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Padraig Harrington tips his hat after making a putt on the 18th green, that places him at 82nd in the OWGR, at the Honda Classic in Florida on Monday.

Padraig Harrington won his first PGA Tour event since the 2008 US PGA Championship with a play-off victory over Daniel Berger at the Honda Classic in Florida.

The Irishman needed a birdie at the last to secure a place in the play-off with a 70 after a double bogey on 17 had given Berger the outright lead. And, after both men made routine pars on 18 in the play-off, Harrington hit his tee shot close and two-putted on 17 while Berger found the water off the tee for a double-bogey five.

The victory, which also hands Harrington, 43, a place at the Masters next month and sees his world ranking jump from 297 to 82, is his first on a major worldwide tour since his triumph at Oakland Hills, with his past two wins coming on the Asian Tour.

Harrington famously changed his swing shortly after winning three majors in 13 months but the two-time Open champion believes his recent problems have been psychological. “Hopefully this isn’t an isolated win,” he said. “I really believe in myself. I think I’ve found that mental edge I’ve been lacking the last number of years. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with that and be consistently contending because I know if I am contending I can win.

“When I get in contention I can hit the shots. The problem has been when I’m starting the week, middle of the road shots, easy shots, I’m just not hitting them. When I’ve got tough shots I can hit them.”

Ian Poulter finished with a disappointing 74 while Patrick Reed had a 73 to fall out of contention as the field finished their final rounds on Monday following lengthy rain delays over the weekend.

Harrington had looked to be out of the equation after a bogey on the 4th and double on 6th saw him reach the turn in 38 but a run of four birdies from the 11th, coupled with a collapse from Poulter, gave him a share of the lead with Reed.

Reed found the water at 15 for a double bogey and another dropped shot at 16 meant Harrington stood on the 17th tee with a one-shot lead over Berger. But he then found the water and double-bogeyed to hand Berger the lead before a clutch putt on 18 earned him a birdie and a place in the play-off.

Padraig has a mixture of the WSP 60 BB and WSP 60 UL and his woods and irons.
Padraig has The Grip Master’s Wrapped Perforated Swingers on his woods and irons.

Birdies on 17 and 18 had given Berger the clubhouse lead at six under after a 64 but it looked unlikely that would be enough to finish top of the leaderboard when he walked off the course.

Poulter’s problems began on the fifth when a wayward tee-shot saw him record a double bogey and another errant drive saw him find the water and bogey the sixth.

Back-to-back birdies on seven and eight saw him steady the ship but he was in the water again on 11 as he recorded a double bogey and his chances of victory evaporated as he was in the water twice more on 14 to record a triple. Birdies on 17 and 18 meant he finished only one shot back of the leaders but the Englishman was left to rue a missed chance of a first strokeplay win on the PGA Tour.

Paul Casey and Russell Knox also finished on five under after closing 68s with Jamie Donaldson a shot further back.

The win lifts Harrington back up to 82nd in the world rankings after beginning the tournament 297th.

The former world number two trailed by four shots going into Monday but surged into contention with four consecutive birdies at 11, 12, 13 and 14.

He double bogeyed the 17th but sank a 15-foot birdie putt on 18 for a 70.

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Hend holds lead before final round

Australian Scott Hend moved into a one-shot lead going into the final round of the inaugural True Thailand Classic.

The 41-year-old won the Hong Kong Open in October and is holding off the challenge of the man he took that title off, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and local favourite Thongchai Jaidee.

Scott Hend leading on Day 3... "I'm been using The Grip Master golf grips for my gamer for 5 years..."
Scott Hend leading on Day 3… “I’m been using The Grip Master golf grips for my gamer for 5 years…”

A third-round 66 moved Hend to 15 under with a bogey on the last the only blemish on his card.

Birdies at the second and seventh saw him reach the turn in 32 but it was on the back-nine where he hit his straps, posting three birdies and an eagle before a disappointing finish.

“It was a good round and puts me in a good position,” he said. “I played very solidly and putted quite well. I only made one mistake so it was pretty good.”

He added: “This is where you want to be, in the last group on a Sunday. I’ll be playing with Thongchai again and Miguel so it’ll be a good little test tomorrow.

“I’m very lucky and privileged to be playing golf for a living and being in contention on Sundays is what we’re all trying to do.”

Jimenez had been battling a heavy cold on Friday but still managed to fire a 66 and he followed that up with a 69.

Birdies on two, 10 and 17 lit up a steady round for the 51-year-old Spaniard who will be looking to break his own record as the Tour’s oldest winner on Sunday.

“I’m playing well and hitting it well,” he said. “I missed a few putts I’m creating lots of chances.

“I’ve played three rounds with Kiradech and tomorrow I’ll play with Thongchai – it’s good for the tournament to have the Thai guys in contention.”

Jaidee also had a bogey-free round as five birdies saw him sign for a 67 while countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat was a further shot back.

Two Australians for The Grip Master players were left, when the final round ended on Sunday. Scott Hend finished 2nd and Sam Brazel came in 11th.

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Murray becomes youngest Master of the Amateurs champion

Zach Murray using The Grip Master golf grips.... has won the 2015 Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne.
Zach Murray using The Grip Master golf grips…. has won the 2015 Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne.

Wodonga’s Zach Murray is the 2015 Australian Master of the Amateurs champion after a record-breaking effort at Royal Melbourne.

Murray, not 18 until late March, is the youngest champion in the tournament’s 18th editions and his 12-under-par 276 aggregate is the lowest recorded.

And while the Commonwealth GC pennant star’s win will look comfortable after rounds of 69-69-67-71 to beat fellow the Golf Australia national squad member Cory Crawford by two shots, the closing moments were dramatic.

Murray had barely made a false swing all week until he came up short on the par-three 16thtee, then unexpectedly bumped his second through the green and took bogey to slash a shot off what had been a four-shot buffer.

His heart then flew into his mouth when he flared an iron tee shot off the 17th into a bunker so far short and right off the 17th tee that some seasoned onlookers didn’t even know it existed.

Murray didn’t know the sand was there and even hit a provisional ball fearing the worst and his pulse rate only became controlled again when he saw the ball plugged in the face and not in the thick ti-tree immediately behind the pot.

He proceeded to escape with “one of the better bogeys” in his golfing life before making a regulation four up the last hole to seal victory.

“That’s just huge – I played unreal this week, it’s my biggest win yet and it feels great,” beamed Murray, who had been exemplary until his not unexpected dose of nerves.

“My heart was in my mouth when I hit that shot. I had no idea there was even a bunker over there,” he said.

“I wasn’t in a good state at that moment (before I hit a provisional tee shot) because I was walking up there thinking it was in the ti-tree.

“Then the bunker (lie) wasn’t ideal, but the I was able to get a shot on it which was pretty handy.”

For reference, the most likely point of relief for a penalty drop had the ball flown 2m further would likely have been back towards the 12th green, leaving a large score on the cards.

But that wasn’t on Murray’s mind.

“I was half-buried, but hacked a seven-iron out, hit a solid five-iron to 20 feet and just missed the putt.

“From there it didn’t feel too bad.”

Murray paid tribute to playing partner and long-time mate and Yarrawonga golfer Frazer Droop, who had himself blown out of contention only minutes earlier with a wayward double-bogey on the 15th.

The pair, also pennant teammates, had shared many laughs playing together for 36 holes, but no words were more important than those shared up the closing two holes.

“I needed to compose myself for a minute … but I went up to `Droopy’ after that and we walked the whole 17th and 18th together.

“I’ve known Frazer for a long time and it was good to share that experience with him.”

Murray, who paid tribute to Golf Australia course management coach Paul Skinner for his shot selection lessons, said he’d learnt invaluable lessons before and during the tournament.

“I played really well for first 15 holes (today) and had a couple of mishaps on the last couple, but still, that’s how it happens,” said Murray, whose on-course demeanour is exceptional.

“But I kept and just played my game as I’ve been doing all week.

“Even when it was tough I think I still managed to smile – and that’s important to me.”

Murray won the rights to play in a handful of major amateur events in the UK and USA later in the year.

But it’s testament to his level-headed nature that he’s not even sure he’ll take up the opportunities so he can focus on his Year 12 studies at Catholic College in Wodonga.

“We’ll see. I don’t have to make up my mind yet … but it’s a big year and I’ve got to stay on top of the studies first.”

And he was quick to quash any talk of turning professional any time soon.

“It’s not even on my mind at the moment. I’ve gotta finish this year and hope to continue my golf at the VIS next year – we’ll just see how I go from there.

“Right now it just feels great to be on that list of great names (including past champ Jason Day) and when I look back in the future to see my name among them will be a good feeling.”

Zach Murray will represent Australia in Florida, later this year...
Zach Murray will represent Australia in Florida, later this year…

Crawford (69) reached nine under early in his round, but back-to-back bogeys on the 6th and 7th holes took him out of the picture for much of the afternoon.

It wasn’t until the Queenslander surged again late that Murray was challenged with Droop (76 to be -5) and Jake McLeod (74 for -6) not charging in the final group.

American Bryson DeChambeau (70) and Torquay’s Ben Eccles (72) shared third place at eight under.

Other GA national squad members had mixed afternoons. Cam Davis couldn’t repeat Thursday’s heroics en route to a T12 finish after a 72 left him four under.

Ryan Ruffels (68) and Brett Coletta (68) charged through the field to finish -2 and +1 respectively with both saying they played better as the week unfolded.

Lucas Herbert closed with a 75 to finish one over, while Antonio Murdaca shot even par to finish three over and T44

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Scott Hend breaks into the PGA Top 100…

After receiving a 5th place finish Hendy’s is 97th in the Official World Golf Rankings…

No. 97 in the Official World Golf Rankings - Scott Hend...
No. 97 in the Official World Golf Rankings – Scott Hend…

Westwood shot a final round five-under 67 to secure a smash and grab one-shot victory in a thrilling finale to the $1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday.

It was the second time Westwood has won the trophy, having notched a wire-to-wire-victory at the Amata Spring Country Club course in 2011.
The tournament turned into a dramatic three-way battle on the back nine between Westwood and two players in the final group behind him, overnight leader Marcus Fraser of Australia and Germany’s Martin Kaymer.

It was a hugely frustrating day for Fraser who played steadily for a round of 70, and led or was joint leader the entire time until dropping a shot at the final hole.

In a nail-biting finish, Westwood had to watch from the clubhouse as Kaymer, who shot 68, was unable to sink the birdie he needed at the 18th to force a play-off and then Fraser missed his par putt, handing the Englishman victory with a total eight-under-par.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood took fourth place, five-under for the tournament with Australia’s Scott Hend a shot behind.
Local hero Thongchai Jaidee fired a 68 to join Jonathan Moore of the USA and India’s Anirban Lahiri in sixth place.

Westwood’s victory was all he more spectacular given that he bogeyed the first two holes.

But he pulled himself together with four straight birdies at the end of the front nine and went on to record an impressive seven birdies in all.

“I didn’t get off to the best of starts and gave myself an awful lot to do,” he said. “I knew I had to refocus and gave myself a talking to.

“I found my swing at the sixth and after that I really got going with four straight birdies.”

The Ryder Cup star said the Amata Spring course was a real challenge.

“It is by far the hardest golf course I’ve played on in Asia. The greens were firm and the rough was really thick.”

Fraser remained upbeat, despite his obvious disappointment at letting the lead slip at the end. His runner-up spot meant he secured one of the four places this event was offering for The Open next July at St. Andrews.

“I’m really excited with getting the place at St. Andrews,” Fraser said. “That was one of the reasons I came to this event. The Open is the best tournament in the world.”

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Also clinching spots at The Open were Australia’s Scott Hend, Moore and Lahiri.

“It’s always something I have dreamed about,” said Lahiri.

Moore said he hadn’t imagined he would get a chance to play in the Open next year.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “St. Andrews is my favorite course.”

Defending champion Sergio Garcia finished in ninth place after shooting a final round 69 which included seven birdies on the back nine.

Two-times Masters champion, Bubba Watson also hit 69, his best round of a poor tournament by his standards, but it was a case of too little too late as he finished well down the field.

Lahiri’s joint sixth place meant the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit this year went to American, David Lipsky who cannot be caught with just one tournament to go.

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Lincoln Tighe NSW PGA Champion

New South Welshman Lincoln Tighe has won the Nanshan NSW PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

Starting the day five shots off the lead, Tighe fired an impressive 7-under 64 for a tournament total of 19-under 265 to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Tighe hovered around the lead all day until a birdie on the 17th saw him sit atop the leaderboard with one hole to play.

Lincoln Tighe uses Kangaroo Sewn Swingers...
Lincoln Tighe uses Kangaroo Sewn Swingers…

“I got pretty hot early; I was about 4-under through six. The putter was really good, I had five putts in the first six holes,” said Tighe.

“I was hitting it unreal, stumping everything to inside 10 feet, I let a few slide, but it was good to knock that one in on 17 that was a real turning point.”

A nervous wait ensued as Tighe watched Scott Arnold miss a two metre birdie putt which would have seen the pair in a playoff.

A much relived Tighe was proud to have won on his home soil.

“I was big time nervous; it’s the first time I have been in this situation. I was sweating out there on the range, I had to put some music on to calm me down,” said Tighe.

“We were talking in the first round about how it’s nice to play well on home soil.”

“I am a very proud New South Wales boy and it’s good to win the NSW PGA.”

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Kangaroo Sewn Swinger (KSS)

With this win Tighe earns AUS$16,500, Official World Rankings Points and most importantly his PGA Tour of Australasia card until 2016.

“This is huge for me, I was actually going back to first stage Tour School,” said Tighe.

“I didn’t want to go back for the fourth year in a row, its heart attack central out there.”

“It’s just good that I can have a Christmas at home and not have any worries the next two years.”

Scott Arnold finished outright second on 18-under the card with Kristopher Mueck and leading amateur Troy Moses four shots back tied third.

Rounding out the top-5 on 13-under 271 were Clint Rice and Grant Thomas.

Kris Mueck takes out 3rd place...
Kris Mueck takes out 3rd place…
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Padraig Harrington Tightens Grip at Indonesia Open

Padraig Harrington is the winner of the Indonesian Open
Padraig Harrington is the winner of the Indonesian Open

Padraig Harrington overcame an early fourth-round wobble and a brave charge from Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha to win the Asian Tour’s Indonesia Open by two shots after a dramatic final hole. The Irishman and the 24-year-old Thai headed down the 18th level at 16-under but both found trouble from the tee.

Harrington hit his drive to the edge of the water hazard, with Thanyakon failing to capitalise by dumping his second in the lake en route to a double-bogey six, while the Irishman recovered to record a par four despite taking a penalty drop. “I had a bad break on the 18th hole when I hit my tee shot and it rolled to the edge of the hazard,” Harrington said. “I was about to chip my ball sideways to the fairway but when Thanyakon hit it into the water, there was no point to take a chance. So I went back to the fairway and hit my six iron for my best shot of the week.” The victory was Harrington’s first since he lifted the 2010 Johor Open title, also on the Asian Tour. “Winning is a good habit to have. It gives you a lot of confidence and I need that confidence,” the world No385 said. “I didn’t start too well but I came through and I got the win.

This win brings a lot of confidence to my game and hopefully it will show up next year.” Harrington and Thanyakon were two of 46 players who returned early on Sunday to finish their third rounds after bad weather had halted play. A birdie, bogey and three pars saw Harrington sign off his third round with a four-under-par 67 and a four-shot lead over Thanyakon (71). Harrington, who won the Open in 2007 and 2008, had a tough start to his final round, opening with a bogey six before a double-bogey five at the 7th allowed Thanyakon to erase the deficit. But a two-hour rain delay disrupted Thanyakon’s momentum as Harrington prevailed with a 71. “It was a great final round from me but I was under so much pressure on the last hole,” said the Thai, who finished with a 69. “I’m still happy with how I played. The rain delay stopped my momentum. It wasn’t good. The pressure made me scared.”

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Tery Pilkadaris tied 7th…

So after the 4 days of rainy conditions there are 4 winners for The Grip Master in the top 7 of this tournament… Now try to tell anyone that TGM Genuine Leather golf grips are not good in the wet….

Sam Brazel tied 7th...
Sam Brazel tied 7th…
Scott Hend tied 7th...
Scott Hend tied 7th…

Scott Hend so close to getting himself into the top 100 of the PGA Tour…

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Nick Cullen wins Australian BetEasy Masters with a final round of 69 as Adam Scott’s late charge falls short

Nick Cullen at the Australian Masters

South Australian Nick Cullen has taken out the Australian Masters after shooting a final round of 3-under 69 to close at 9-under, one shot clear of Adam Scott, Josh Younger and James Nitties.

A birdie at the 10th saw Cullen take the lead for the first time, and he was never headed as the movement continued behind him.

Overnight leader Paul Spargo shot 1-over for the day to finish in a tie for fifth, while Scott’s final day charge was only halted by a series of narrow misses with the long stick as he shot a 4-under 68 for the day.

This triumph at Metropolitan Golf Club is Cullen’s second tour win in Australia after taking out the Queensland Open in 2013.

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With a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the BetEasy Masters, Nick Cullen recorded a one-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up, including two-time defending champion Adam Scott.
The lefty opened with a bogey-5 at the first hole at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne today, but rallied with an eagle-3 at the No. 4. He added four birdies to help offset two bogeys the rest of the way and posted 9-under 279. Fellow Aussies Josh Younger and former PGA TOUR member James Nitties also shared second place. Cullen started the week slotted 632nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. Thanks to his breakthrough on the PGA Tour of Australasia, he’ll vault to approximately 250th. In addition to the gold jacket, one of the perks he’ll collect is a tee time at Firestone Country Club’s South Course in the 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational…
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Michael Wright takes outright lead at Australian Masters

Michael Wright using his Kangaroo Putter Laced on the green at the Australian Masters in Melbourne…

Michael Wright’s love affair with Metropolitan golf course continued with the Brisbane golfer taking a two-shot lead in the second round of the
Australian Masters.

Wright was a model of consistency, backing up his five-under 67 on the opening day with a four under to move to nine below for the tournament.

Defending champion world No. 2 Adam Scott moved up the leaderboard with a 68 and is tied for 12th at three under.

Wright’s only bogey in two rounds came on his first hole of round one while today a run of three birdies from the fourth to the sixth, after starting on the back nine, set up the lead.

South Australian Paul Spargo went around in five under to be two shots behind Wright, while Victorian Richard Green also produced a 67 to move to six under.

He is tied with 22-year-old Melbourne amateur Todd Sinnott, who backed up his impressive opening round.

Metropolitan was the first sand-belt course Wright ever played and in that round he carded a six-under – starting his attraction for the course.

Wright was well aware that world No.2 Adam Scott, who is gunning for his third successive crown, would be on the hunt on the weekend.

Michael Wright on day 2 of the Australian Masters

But the 40-year-old, who has won three tier two Australasia PGA events, said he wasn’t fazed.

“This is a golf course where you’ve got to play the course.

“I’m not concerned what he’s doing.

“Obviously he’s a fantastic player and I would expect him to play well over the weekend but I expect myself to play well too

Wright said because he hits the ball so low he preferred the windy conditions from day one but he felt more relaxed today.

“I felt very comfortable out there today it was nice,” he said.

“Hopefully I will feel like that for the next couple of days.

Wright spoke after the opening round of the battles to “keep the voices” of self-doubt from his head.

“When the mind gets busy I’m in trouble – I’m usually berating the crap out of myself.

“But I managed to do a good job today.”

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Brown records break through victory at NSW Open

Victorian Anthony Brown has won the 2014 Mazda NSW Open after a two hole playoff at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Anthony Brown won the NSW Open on the Australasian tour using Kangaroo Sewn Swinger Over-Size (KSS OS)

Victorian Anthony Brown has won the 2014 Mazda NSW Open after a two hole playoff at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Starting the day three shots off the lead, Brown went quietly about his business to shoot 3-under 69 and tie New Zealand’s Josh Geary at 14-under 274 at the end of regulation play.

After 15 holes Brown had caught overnight co-leaders Geary and James Nitties at 14-under the card however a bogey on the par-3 16th saw him drop out off the pace.

Heading to the 18th hole,now two shots off the lead, Brown made a clutch birdie to be in the clubhouse at 14-under the card.

He watched on as Nitties made bogey on16 and then Geary on 17, he briefly held the outright lead, but a birdie on 18 from Geary saw them headed to a playoff.

The 18th hole was played sudden death with both players making birdie on their first trip down the stretch.

The second time down 18, Brown made birdie to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

“It was a pretty tough week, it was stinking hot Friday then today with this wind I am just relieved to be done,” said Brown.

“I came second in the Australian PGA Championship a few years ago, it’s about time I stood up and had a win, it feels great.”

The final round was played today in 60km/h wind gusts but Brown’s game plan paid dividends.

“I knew if the wind came up it wouldn’t take an unbelievable round, it would just take a good solid round,” added Brown.

“I just had to keep on plugging, it was so tough, and it was hard to get the ball to hold on the green let alone hit it close.”

“I tried to stay patient and things seemed to flow.”

Brown’s Mazda NSW Open campaign got off to a good start when he aced the par-3 6th in the first round but it was the finish that was the real highlight.

“It was a great thrill to have two hole-in-ones in three events, it was pretty special,” added Brown who also had one at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

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“A great start to the week but an ever better finish.”

New Zealand’s Josh Geary finished second while his overnight co-leader James Nitties finished third on13-under 275.

US Amateur champion Gunn Yang finished fourth on 12-under the card and leading amateur for the week.

Rounding out the top-5 was Rohan Blizard (NSW), Matthew Giles (NSW) and Michael Long (NZ) on 10-under278.

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The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads to the Melbourne Sandbelt for the BetEasy Masters to be played atMetropolitan Golf Club from the 20-23 November.

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Masters 2015: Happy Gilmore fan Antonio Murdaca to play at Augusta after amateur victory

Antonio Murdaca

Antonio Murdaca will play some practice rounds at Augusta in January.

HOT Adelaide amateur Antonio Murdaca owes the crazy golf antics of film funster Happy Gilmore for winning his dream trip to Augusta.

Long before the poise of Adam Scott grabbed his attention, he was the little kid wooed to golf by the running drives and club throwing of Adam Sandler’s wacky movie character.

Those moves don’t cut it on the hallowed fairways of Augusta, which is where Murdaca, 19, is heading after his heroics at Royal Melbourne.

What does have a place at the Masters in April is more of the deft putting and short game which netted 21 birdies and an eagle in his Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship triumph.

He was a seven-stroke victor on Sunday to snap the hold that top Korean, Chinese and Japanese amateurs had on the title for its first five editions.

Antonio Murdaca had a sleepless night before closing out his Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship win.

A place in the field for the Masters is the biggest prize in amateur golf.

“It’s special. I just can’t wait … the field, the atmosphere, playing Augusta, it’s a dream come true,” Murdaca said.

“It’s so exciting to think about next year. I’m looking forward to something big.

“I had a bit of a sleepless night. I didn’t want to miss my alarm (to prepare for the final round), so I set two but still woke up before they went off.”

Murdaca could have sleepwalked to the first tee and still won with the eight-shot lead he built with rounds of 69-68-67.

He closed with a composed 71 to reach 13-under-par and nailed a fine double-breaking birdie putt from 7m on the 10th to settle it after two bogey wobbles.

“Go home, ball. Don’t you like your home?”

When Augusta National chairman Billy Payne shook Murdaca’s hand in congratulations there was an added bonus … an invitation to play practice rounds in January.

Australian-born of Italian parents, Murdaca’s introduction to golf was nothing like Scott being inspired by the deeds of Greg Norman.

Murdaca can recite gags from the Happy Gilmore movie, he’s watched it so often.

He has it on his iPhone.

“Golf requires goofy pants and a fat ass,” is one of Happy’s classic lines while his golfing philosophy is simple: “He shoots, he scores.”

“Throwing clubs … I thought you were allowed to do that like Happy Gilmore until I actually started playing,” Murdaca said.

Adam Sandler in a scene from the movie Happy Gilmore.

“That movie and a little set of plastic clubs is where golf started for me. The game looked fun … and funny.”

Murdaca withdrew from the recent Keperra Bowl in Brisbane with food poisoning, made the smart call to fly home to Adelaide, visit a doctor, rest up and hit Royal Melbourne healthy.

Murdaca’s name was on the Australian Boys’ Amateur trophy at a younger age — 14 — than Scott, Stuart Appleby or Robert Allenby, so his talent has been on the radar.

He saw leaderboards around the course on Sunday, but with caddie-coach Gareth Jones on the bag it was relatively easy to keep the one shot at a time theme until the last hole.

“After my second shot to the 18th I got some goosebumps and did start thinking …‘Wow, imagine if I get to the Masters. Imagine how many people there are going to be,” he said.

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The Grip Master Laced Mid-Size Putter

Originally published as Happy Gilmore fan to play 2015 Masters

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Scott Hend runner-up in Macau

Scott Hend Day 2 defending his title...
Scott Hend Day 2 defending his title…

Indian star Anirban Lahiri claimed a sensational one-stroke victory at the US$900,000 Venetian Macau Open after frontrunner Scott Hend of Australia agonisingly bogeyed the last hole on Sunday.

Lahiri started the final round two shots behind overnight leader Hend and trailed by four at one stage at the Macau Golf and Country Club before rallying on the home stretch to pip Hend and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat.

The 27-year-old Indian signed for a final round of five-under-par 66, which included six birdies, and a winning aggregate of 17-under-par 267. The winner’s cheque of US$162,000 raised his season’s tally to US$504,689 as he consolidated his second place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and narrowed the gap on leader David Lipsky of the United States.

Hend, the defending champion who arrived in Macau in top form after winning the Hong Kong Open last week, lipped out a par putt from four feet on the 72nd hole as the roles reversed from last year’s edition where Lahiri was the runner-up. Hend settled for a 69 while Prom charged up the leaderboard with a 66.

“It’s really special. Hendy was playing great golf and it was sad to see him missing that putt on the last,” said Lahiri, who secured his second win of the season and fifth Asian Tour victory.

“I knew he was playing some good golf and I told myself that I was going to keep coming back, keep coming back and keep attacking. I wanted to make him think I was not going to go away. I think I played really well.”

Hend took charge early on and doubled his overnight lead to four shots after nailing an eagle on two and a birdie on seven. However, a tenacious Lahiri fought back with birdies on eight and nine to make the turn only two back. The pivotal moment came on 14 when Lahiri hit a superb seven iron into the par three hole for an easy birdie while Hend bogeyed.

Lahiri, who had opened his campaign with a stunning 61 on Thursday, then led for the first time in the final round with a birdie on 15 but Hend leveled with a birdie at the next hole until his slip-up at the last.

“I hit a perfect golf shot on 14,” said Lahiri. “I had just missed a putt at the previous hole and I knew I needed a birdie to catch Hendy and that was just magic the way it came down. I hit a seven iron as hard and high as I could and it came out perfect. One of the best shots of the week.

“I was chasing all day and on 14, that’s where the momentum switched a bit. It’s fantastic to win my second of the year. I missed the cut last week (in Hong Kong) after a long time so I had time to think about what I was doing wrong and how was I was not thinking positively on the course. I’m happy I managed to turn that around.”

Hend was disappointed he missed his par putt which would have forced a play-off and also the opportunity to join China’s Zhang Lian-wei as the only two-time Venetian Macau Open champion.

“I hit too many loose shots and then on the last hole, I had a lip out which I thought I put a good putt on it. Unfortunately it lipped out. I looked up to see it lipping out. I thought I had made the putt,” said Hend.

“To be honest, the tournament had slipped as the tee shot wasn’t in play. I had to hit the fairway which would have made it a lot easier but I missed the fairway which made my job a little bit harder.”

Prom came home strongly in 32 but fell one short shy of forcing a play-off. He rued a rollercoaster start where he went bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie in his opening four holes. “I had a good back nine but it was up and down in the first four holes. But to finish on five under for the round, I’m happy. My goal was to stay inside the top-three. It was not going to be easy to catch Hendy or Anirban,” said Prom.

Meanwhile, The Venetian Macao® has extended its title sponsorship of the Venetian Macau Open for a further two years until 2016 following its successful association with Macau’s premier golf championship this week. The Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) and its partners, the Asian Tour, Macau Golf Association and IMG, jointly announced that next year’s edition will return to the Macau Golf and Country Club from October 15-18, 2015.

The Venetian Macau Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG. The Venetian Macao is the title sponsor of the event for a third successive year.

Sponsors joining The Venetian Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex, Air Macau, Blue Girl, Lamborghini and Hong Kong Descente, which carries both the Le Coq Sportif Golf Collection, Twinwoods Wine and Munsingwear.

For more details on the Venetian Macau Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacauopen.com

Leading scores after round 4 of the Venetian Macau Open 2014 being played at the par 71, 6,604 Yards Macau GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
267 – Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 61-73-67-66.
268 – Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 68-70-64-66, Scott HEND (AUS) 62-70-67-69.
270 – Adam GROOM (AUS) 65-67-72-66.
272 – Berry HENSON (USA) 69-70-68-65, Unho PARK (AUS) 70-69-68-65.
273 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 67-70-67-69.
274 – Shiv KAPUR (IND) 73-67-67-67.
275 – Kieran PRATT (AUS) 70-69-68-68.
276 – Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 71-69-72-64, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 70-70-71-65, Chan KIM (USA) 70-69-71-66.

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Johan Edfors wins the Shankai Classic…

Johan Edfors streaked clear of the chasing pack on the final day at the Shankai Classic presented by IDG as a four birdie finish saw him claim a three stroke victory over Michael Lorenzo-Vera at Chongqing Poly Golf Club.

Johan Edfors
Johan Edfors

The Swede’s emphatic finish to post 15 under par put paid to the chasing Frenchman’s aspirations of a first title since 2007, while a shot further adrift was a trio that included Bernd Ritthammer, Tim Sluiter and the leading Chinese player – Hu Mu.

Having not tasted victory since a European Tour triple in 2006 – the first of which came at the TCL Classic in China – Edfors proved his class on Sunday to card a blemish free round of 66 and climb inside the top 15 on the European Challenge Tour Rankings, having entered the week in 59th place.

At 13th on the season-long list with just three events remaining, the 39 year old is now in position to return to The Race to Dubai having lost his card last year, thanks to a triumph that came in emotional circumstances.

Earlier in the season Edfors had taken a six month break from the game after a prolonged period of injury and was uncertain if he would continue his career. However a talk he had with his father shortly before he passed away saw him rededicate his efforts, and his win in Chongqing is proof the Swede is now back to somewhere near his best.

Johan Edfors wins the Shankai Classic
Johan Edfors wins the Shankai Classic

“To be honest, I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as I was today, especially at the beginning of the front nine,” said the 2003 Challenge Tour Number One. “It’s a lot easier to win on the European Tour than out here as there’s so much at stake, and a win here almost gets you straight back on The European Tour, so I had to do something special out there on the back nine.

“I took the decision in late July to play Challenge Tour for the rest of the year, because I hadn’t performed well on my European Tour invites, and it was tough to plan anything (without a full card). It was really tough for my family because I wasn’t able to make any plans, so I decided in the summer to focus on the Challenge Tour and it looks like it has paid off.

“It’s been a tough couple of years for me, but I’ve been able to pick my game up and it feels fantastic. I was really close to quitting after last year, as I didn’t enjoy myself at all and was having to play through injury, so it is a very emotional win this week.

“Before my Dad passed away earlier this year I promised him I’d make it back, and now I am back.”

After his second place finish in Chongqing, Lorenzo-Vera is now guaranteed of a return to The Race to Dubai for the first time since 2009, and he was delighted with how he played in the final round.

Eight birdies, including three to finish, countered a single dropped shot and added up to a 65 on Sunday, a result which matches his best of the season in Azerbaijan, and sends him to sixth in the Ranking.

In typically nonchalant fashion, the Frenchman said: “What can I say, huh? I hit some really good shots all day long, holed a few putts on the front nine, and then after that I was just hitting it straight at the flag so I had plenty of opportunities, and it turned out pretty good.

Johan Edfors in action using The Grip Master genuine leather golf grips...
Johan Edfors in action using The Grip Master genuine leather golf grips…

“At the end I felt comfortable on almost every shot, and I just went for it, and it worked out. I was watching the leaderboard all day, and I knew that I was nine under with three to play so I wanted to see what I could do before the finish, and I did pretty good!

“I hit only pure shots from the 13th, I couldn’t do any better, and all I wanted to do this week was earn enough money to confirm my card for next year. I didn’t want to take any risks, kept the ball in play and I hit pure shots, so it worked.”

There was plenty for the supportive home galleries to get behind on Sunday too, as Hu bounced back from an opening triple bogey with six birdies in a row from the 11th, a run that at one point had him tied for the lead.

He would come up just short though as Edfors pulled clear, but the Chinese player carded a 67 in the end to match the score of those he finished alongside in third – Ritthammer and Sluiter.

They finished a shot clear of a quartet in a tie for sixth at ten under par, namely Björn Åkesson (68), Matteo Delpodio (69), Daniel Gaunt (67) and Mark Tullo (71), who all gained valuable Ranking points.

Pontus Widegren (68) rounded out the top ten alongside the French pair of Edouard Espana (67) and Cyril Bouniol (69), while overnight leader Antonio Hortal carded a two over par 74 to fall back into a tie for 13th alongside Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren (66).

Former US Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick had been going great guns on the final day thanks to four birdies in his first ten holes, but the Sheffield native dropped shots at the 16th and 18th, which saw him fall back into a tie for 23rd place.

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Wrapped Swinger Perferated
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Hend overcomes Que in the Hong Kong Thriller….

Scott Hend wins the Hong Kong Open…

Scott Hend won his maiden European Tour title at the Hong Kong Open, but only after a thrilling back-nine battle which culminated in a play-off with Angelo Que in Fanling.

A par on the first extra hole was enough to finally see off Que, who missed the green at the 18th and then badly under-hit his chip.

That was in stark contrast to his earlier efforts, with the Filipino having fired a superb approach to the 18th in regulation for his seventh gain of the day, a round of 66 and a 13 under par total.

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Hend was also 13 under at the time, but in rough down the left of the 16th from where he did well to save par.

A good birdie chance at the 17th then went begging, but Hend did well to save par at the last after his approach plugged in a bunker, the Australian signing for a 67.

Earlier, the title race was swiftly blown open when overnight leader Marcus Fraser endured a tough start after a double bogey at Hong Kong Golf Club’s opening hole.

Initially it was England’s Mark Foster, whose only European Tour win in 367 starts came at the Dunhill Championship 11 years ago, who seized the initiatives with birdies from two feet on the first and even closer on the second after a brilliant tee shot to reach 11 under par.

However, Foster’s chances stalled when he ran up a double bogey six at the ninth after pulling his approach and seeing his ball bobble down a cart path.

That allowed Hend, with a birdie at the tenth, and Que, who recovered from a dropped shot on the same hole with gains at the 12th and 13th, to take up the running on 11 under.

Hend and Que continued to trade blows – the former’s gain at the 12th matched by Que up at the 14th.

Hend holed a tricky downhill 15 footer at the 14th to sneak ahead, before Que responded once more with his moment of magic at the last.

“I felt quite calm, the only thing is that hole at the end you never want to have a go at the pin because you can make a bogey quiet easily so I want really sure how to play it,” said Hend, who had five previous victories on the co-sanctioning Asian Tour.

“Unfortunately Angelo made a bogey, I would have rather one of us made a birdie because he’s a great guy and it would be nice to earn the win on a positive note.

“But I’ll take the win and I’m ecstatic.

“I’m very happy to get this done, and my kids Aston and McLaren and my wife Leanne back in Florida – this one’s for my kids and this one’s to be treasured. They’ve been sending me messages the last few mornings.

“I’ve come close on the PGA Tour and The European Tour just not to get across the line and finally at the age of 41 I’ve won a European Tour event so it’s very special. It’s awesome, I love it – Europe here I come.”

Scott Hend celebrates on the 18th...
Scott Hend celebrates on the 18th…

Que refused to be downhearted despite coming so close to a European Tour breakthrough.

“It actually panned out better than I thought,” said the 35 year old, who has three Asian Tour titles to his name.

“I had a chance to win but I’ll move on – there’s only one winner. I played great golf all weekend and I hit the shot of my life on the last hole so I can’t complain.”

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan birdied the last three holes in his 66 to take third on 11 under and significantly improve his chances of remaining on The European Tour next year.

Only the top 110 players on The Race to Dubai will keep their cards after next week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International and Phelan’s performance saw him climb from 152nd to 130th.

Foster eventually finished fourth on ten under, with four-time Major Champion Ernie Els a shot further back in a share of fifth alongside overnight leader Fraser, India’s SSP Chowrasia and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard.

Bjerregaard began the week in the firing line at 110th on The Race to Dubai, but the Qualifying School graduate now looks to be safe after climbing to 101st.

 

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Scott Hend looks strong at the Hong Kong Open…

Scott Hend

Ernie Els swiftly found himself with company at the top of the Hong Kong Open leaderboard in the shape of Scott Hend when the third round began in Fanling.

Four-time Major winner Els had marked his 45th birthday with a second round 65 to establish a two shot halfway lead, but Australian Hend wipe that out with birdies from 25 feet on the first and 15 feet on the second.

Affiliate Member Hend began the week 149th on The Race to Dubai but was giving himself every chance of moving into the top 110 who will earn a card for next season at the end of next week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International.

South African Els had to scramble par with an eight foot clutch putt at the first after his approach came up short of the green, and remained nine under par for the tournament.

Spain’s Javier Colomo made a ten footer at the last for a 64 to set the clubhouse target at eight under par, with seven players sharing fourth on seven under – among them Lucas Bjerregaard and Daan Huizing, who at 110th and 135th on The Race to Dubai were facing a scrap to retain their playing privileges.

Hend’s tee shot to the par five third looked to have left him blocked out from going for the green in two, but the 41 year old managed to hook an iron around the trees to the edge of the green and two-putt to complete a hat-trick of gains and snatch the outright lead.

Pos Player name Nat Hole Par
1 FRASER, Marcus AUS 12:28 -11
2 HEND, Scott AUS 12:28 -10
T3 KRUGER, Jbe RSA 12:19 -9
T3 QUE, Angelo PHI 12:10 -9
T3 FOSTER, Mark ENG 12:19 -9
T6 ELS, Ernie RSA 11:52 -8
T6 JACQUELIN, Raphaël FRA 11:52 -8
T6 RANDHAWA, Jyoti IND 12:01 -8
T6 COLOMO, Javier ESP 12:10 -8
T6 SMITH, Cameron AUS 12:01 -8

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Corporate/Golf Club Logo Putter Grips

INITIAL PUTTER GRIP MODEL OFFERING:

CPL MID 60 [Mid-Size Pistol Style]

CPPL 60 [Over Size Paddle Putter]

FL-25L [Jumbo Feather-lite Putter]

The Corporate/Club Logo grips as above are to all be made in the finest available Cabretta [Sheep Skin] Leather, Hand Laced by our own team of trained Artisans here at our factory in Thailand.

The Grip Master distributors are about to provide Genuine Leather Putter Grip Models to Corporate Golf Days and Country Clubs with their own Unique Private Label/Logo, beautifully Blind Embossed on one of our Hand Laced Cabretta, Genuine Leather Putter Grip Models [as detailed above]. These Putter Grips are ideal for sale to Club Members for personal use, sale as a Memento for a Guest/Visitor, or sale as a Gift/Prize for Corporate Golf Day participants.

Logo Design Artwork to be supplied by the Customer in Vector, PDF, or AI files. Customer to approve before we convert to a Cad file to enable CNC Milling of the Brass Embossing dies. The logo size has to be determined by TGM to maximise blind embossed Logo impression on the grips themselves. Email to The Grip Master

In summary we believe the above offering represents great value to our customers, and should generate enormous business opportunities for all concerned. We also believe that by introducing the Corporate/Club Logo Putter grips to all the Green Grass Golf Courses, that this will lead to additional sales of the standard TGM Golf Grip range, which can be viewed on our website at The Grip Master Blog

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Lyle deems play at Frys.com Open a ‘huge success’

Jarrod Lyle shot par or better in all four rounds at Silverado Resort.

NAPA, Calif. — Jarrod Lyle deemed his first PGA TOUR start in more than two years a “huge success.” He qualified for this event Monday, then shot par or better in all four rounds of the Frys.com Open. He finished at 5-under 283 (72-70-71-70).

Sunday’s 70 included birdies on three of his final four holes. He made birdie putts of 18 and 17 feet on Nos. 15 and 16, then hit his 102-yard approach at the par-5 18th to 2 feet.

“To come here without a tournament to play, and then get through on the Monday (qualifier) and make the cut and play reasonable golf for four days, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Lyle, 33, said. “It’s something to build on for the rest of the year.”

Lyle will drive his RV from Northern California to Nevada tonight for his next tournament. He has a sponsor exemption into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas. That will be his final PGA TOUR event of 2014. He’ll head to Australia shortly after the Shriners to compete in tournaments and meet with his doctors.

The Frys.com Open was Lyle’s first PGA TOUR start since overcoming leukemia for a second time. He last played on the PGA TOUR in February 2012. He started this season with a medical extension; he will retain full status if he can earn $283,825 in 20 starts.

MORE: Read about Lyle’s journey back to the PGA TOUR

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Jarrod Lyle fights his way into PGA Tour opener

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Jarrod Lyle has won a berth in the PGA Tour’s opening event.

Jarrod Lyle has displayed his trademark fighting qualities to qualify in a playoff for the US PGA Tour season opener after tournament organisers failed to offer a sponsor invite.

Returning to the tour for the 2014-15 season after beating leukaemia for the second time, Lyle was widely expected to be afforded a sponsor’s invite to the Frys.com Open in Napa, California, but he was controversially overlooked.

Rather than just pack it in and wait for next week, when sponsors of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas have already ensured Lyle will get a start, the Victorian travelled to Napa, shot six-under 66 in Monday’s qualifying and then survived an eight-man playoff for four spots to get in.

It was another small chapter in an inspiring journey for the 32-year-old Victorian.

When forced by illness to leave the tour during the 2012 season Lyle had won $415,997, meaning he will have to earn $324,123 in 19 events to equal No. 125 on the 2012 money list and earn a full tour card once more.

Players on medical exemptions often struggle to get into fields as they are extremely low on the priority list, leaving them to the mercy of sponsors.

Jarrod Lyle was stunned after being overlooked for a sponsor’s invite to the PGA Tour season opener.

“I was disappointed not to get an invite, mostly because they didn’t even let me know. We just had to wait until the field was finalised on Friday,” Lyle said.

“I understand invites are hard to get and plenty of worthy players want them but it was a shame they didn’t at least let us know.

“My wife Briony was pretty devastated but I told her I had a chance to qualify and what better way to stick it to them.

Thankfully I was able to get it done.”

Lyle said the experience has further steeled him for the season ahead.

“I am now really looking forward to Thursday and hopefully I can kick start the season in style.” Fellow Australians Mat Goggin and Greg Chalmers were also part of the playoff on Monday with Goggin getting through to the tournament proper.

Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman and Cameron Percy round out the Australian tilt in the season opener.

Percy is the only ‘newcomer’ to the main tour in 2014-15 after graduating from the secondary tour.

It is the 40-year-old’s third trip to the big show after 2010 and 2013 while he also played on conditional status in 2011. This time around he feels better equipped to cement himself. Despite catching a stomach virus during the secondary tour playoffs and losing almost five kilograms Percy is back to full strength.

“I feel ready and this time around I have some extra confidence after winning on the web.com tour this year,” Percy said.

“I have also got a new caddie who has been out here for years and years and he keeps me a lot calmer.

“In the past I maybe would dwell on some bad breaks too long but I am a lot calmer in dealing with these things.”

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Steve Lewton and The Grip Master share a win at the Taiwan Masters…

Steve Lewton has won the Taiwan Masters on the Asian Tour using The Grip Master Kangaroo Sewn Swinger Over-Size golf grips on all his woods and irons. Steve switched to the KSS OS Black in early June this year.
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No. 1 Leather Golf Grips on the PGA Tour – Kangaroo Sewn Swinger (KSS)
Lewton held on to his overnight lead after posting five birdies against four bogeys for a five-under-par 283 total to win by two shots at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course. Steve capped his best finish on the Asian Tour so far this season when he registered a 72 to take fourth place on 286 alongside 2004 Mercuries Taiwan Masters winner, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand. Lewton, who pocketed US$130,000 from his victory said, “It’s been quite a tough year for me. I lost my father at the start of the year. He was diagnosed with bile cancer about two years ago and passed away earlier in January. He was my best friend and he was also an avid golfer.

Steve Lewton dedicates his win to his late father…

“He kept me going in golf when I was struggling in the past few years. It’s a real shame that he’s not here anymore to witness this but I’m sure he will be happy for me wherever he is,” said an emotional Lewton.

Lewton has been plying his trade on the Asian Tour since graduating from Qualifying School in 2012 and was delighted to win his first title at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, an event which he missed the cut in the last two editions.

“It’s strange that I didn’t feel any pressure during the round, maybe because I didn’t get to see a lot of scoreboards out there. The crowd was fantastic. Everyone was cheering and clapping. They kept me upbeat in the game but I thought I will just keep doing what I am doing. It’s just amazing to win this kind of stressful event,” said the 31-year-old.

With this win Steve will get starts in some of the biggest events on the Asian Tour that are co-sanctioned with the other major tours.

Steve said he has had a lot of interest in the TGM grips while he has been playing in Asia in the last few events.
Here are TGM’s current infiltration number for the most recent events around the globe
European Tour
Dunhill Links at St Andrews
9 players in Field using TGM
2 players made cut using TGM
Best finish Padraig Harrington T18th
European senior Tour
French Riviera Masters
4 Players in Field using TGM
Best finish T3rd Peter Fowler and John Gould
Asian Tour
 
Taiwan Masters
7 Players in the Field using TGM
5 players made cut using TGM
Best finish 2014 Champion Steve Lewton
Steve Lewton moved up 200+ rankings with this maiden win for 2014 and his new KSS OS golf grips….
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Protack

The Grip Master leather wrap is manufactured from hand selected premium ‘AAA’ graded leathers. Using new technology we have created a unique waterproof tannage.

During this tanning process the leather remains soft and supple and has the ability to breathe which is important for use in the grips as no odour from perspiration or sweaty hands can linger.

The high performance properties of this tannage are then enhanced by use of our proprietary formulation Protack.

The reaction between the waterproofed leather and Protack forms a tackifying bond which works in such a way that a small percentage of moisture is now allowed to pass into the leather structure which activates the Protack molecules and together with the water repellent acts to repel the moisture back out of the leather. The combination of these two new technologies produces a superior tacky feel and sensitive touch that can only be created through utilising the natural properties of genuine leather.

The above drawing is a cross section of The Grip Master leather showing the Protack molecules (pictured in yellow) distributed throughout the leather. Water drops (or moisure from sweaty hands) depicted in blue are absorbed then repelled by the Protack to create a soft but tacky golf grip. The red arrows show how The Grip Master leather actually breathes through the pores of the skin. Another natural feature of genuine leather.

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Life on the pro-am circuit a long way from PGA Tour for battlers like Steven Jeffress

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THEY idolise Adam Scott and daydream of American Billy Horschel’s crazy $10 million payday.

But Queensland’s legion of emerging golf pros are inspired by battler-made-good Steven Jeffress.

The A-list life of world No.2 Scott, with his home in the Bahamas, big titles and $40 million in PGA Tour prizemoney, is too other-worldly to relate to.

What Jeffress did by winning the recent Fiji International and a cool $192,000 is give every 10-year grinder and every ambitious newcomer to the pro ranks a jolt that their big breakthrough doesn’t have to be a mirage.

The king of the pro-ams made it real.

Five days before the biggest tournament win of his life, Jeffress was playing the Noosa Par-Three pro-am and picking up a princely $235 for his day’s work.

Billy Horschel after winning both the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs in Atlanta,

Billy Horschel after winning both the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I could name you 15 guys out there with the talent to play on tour anywhere in the world. I don’t know if they realise it,” the Gold Coast-based Jeffress, 38, said.

Jeffress was surveying the pro-am field last Friday at the Royal Queensland Cup.

Greg Norman splashed out on fast cars, fishing expeditions for the fabled black marlin and a private jet when he made it big.

Jeffress went wild and bought a new 60-inch TV for $1300 and dumped the major chunk of prizemoney into his mortgage, which had haemorrhaged by some $50,000 during an anxiety-ravaged 2011 when he felt like quitting.

He had won more than 40 pro-ams around the country but it took 15 years as a pro for Jeffress to land the big one.

Adam Scott leads a luxury lifestyle.

Adam Scott leads a luxury lifestyle.

Also compute more than 240,000km in that second-hand Honda Accord he drove from one pro-am stop to another in his first four years on Queensland’s Sunshine Tour just like Wayne Grady, Peter Senior, Ian Baker-Finch and Rod Pampling did in earlier years on the Troppo Tour.

“You never give up. I thought when I did win I’d have the perfect week but what I learned in Fiji was it’s never going to be perfect.

“You take your chances, you minimise damage sometimes, you make good decisions, you keep competing,” Jeffress said.

He has felt so empowered to spread exactly that message that he is going to email a letter to fellow pros with the help of Broc Greenhalgh, the executive officer of Queensland’s PGA of Australia division.

Mudgeeraba’s Nick Russell fired eight birdies in a row recently during his course record 62 at Nudgee. He wants to give Asian Tour qualifying school a crack early next year.

Steven Jeffress plays his second shot on the 15th hole at the PGA Royal Pines in 2013.

Steven Jeffress plays his second shot on the 15th hole at the PGA Royal Pines in 2013.

“Like me, everyone has played a round with Jeffro in a pro-am somewhere.

“What he’s done is make that jump seem attainable for a lot of guys out there,” Russell said.

Wins at Wynnum, Blackwater, Toowoomba’s Middle Ridge and stops in between over the past 12 months have given Brooadbeach-based power-striker Tim Hart a $20,000 bank to consider qualifying in Asia or Japan.

“I’ve wanted to be a golf pro since I was 13. What he (Jeffress) did shows what’s possible if you keep having a crack … 100 per cent it’s inspiring,” Hart said.

How hard Jeffress has had to fight is not widely known after swing tinkering messed with his mind.

During 2011’s lowest point, he couldn’t go out and play the second round of the Korea Open after shooting 80.

“It was kinda like I lost control of motor functions.

“I was really nervous before every shot, I was shaking over marking a card and I just couldn’t put myself through five hours of pain for a round,” Jeffress said.

“I grew a lot more sympathetic to people who couldn’t get into a lift.

“The mind works in amazing ways and I needed a mental coach and months of visualising great shots and great scores to turn around my unconscious mind.

“There are a lot fewer zeros on my bank balance but you can have the same determination and drive as Adam Scott.”

Originally published as Battlers dream of golf’s millions

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The Number One Leather Grip On Tour!

This week we’re checking out what’s in Pádraig Harrington’s bag. There’s quite a few surprises and quite a few tips from many player’s on tour.

A winner of three major championships and a total of 26 professional tour titles throughout his career, Padraig Harrington is one of the leading European golfers of his generation. The 40-year-old won consecutive Open Championships in 2007 and 2008 and also took home the 2008 PGA Championship to secure a position as Europe’s number one player. An inconsistent last couple of years has seen Harrington dip out of the world’s top 50 of late, but remains a force to be reckoned with. A quick look at Padraig Harrington in the bag reveals the Irishman endorses Wilson Staff golf clubs.

Kangaroo Sewn Swinger (KSS)

EUROPEAN TOUR WINS:

2008  PGA Championship
2008  The Open Championship
2007  The Open Championship
2007  Irish Open
2006  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
2004  Linde German Masters
2003  Omega Hong Kong Open
2003  Deutsche Bank – SAP Open TPC of Europe
2002  BMW Asian Open
2002  Dunhill Links Championship
2001  Volvo Masters Andalucia
2000  BBVA Open Turespaña Masters Comunidad de Madrid
2000  Brazil São Paulo 500 Years Open
1996  Peugeot Spanish Open

PGA TOUR WINS:

2008  PGA Championship
2008  The Open Championship
2007  The Open Championship
2005  Barclays Classic
2005  Honda Classic

OTHER WINS:

2010  Iskandar Johor Open
2009  Irish PGA Championship
2008  Irish PGA Championship
2007  Irish PGA Championship
2007  Hassan II Trophy
2006  Dunlop Phoenix
2005  Irish PGA Championship
2004  Irish PGA Championship
2002  Target World Challenge
1998  Irish PGA Championship

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How the StitchBack can help grip alignment

Many players on Tour across the globe use our grips on the their clubs. This affords them consistency and durability, that can only be found in leather…

Having a stitchback line on your putter helps you line up to the ball and to the intended target. Once you have determined your line, it’s all about speed and rolling the ball to the hole. The Grip Master StitchBack Golf Grips act as an alignment aid.

Kangaroo Swinger Laced (StitchBack)
Kangaroo Swinger Laced (StitchBack)

Grip Master selects the finest full grain, natural leather hides from the world’s best herds. Each hide is tanned with our proprietary process, milled for the perfect touch. Then they are hand crafted into the world’s finest golf grips. This leather will meet and exceed the demands of the world’s finest players. The Grip Master Leather golf grips will out perform all man made materials. Developed and refined on the Tour, our proprietary system (ProTack) results in the perfect grip traction. This treatment of the leather affords perfect traction under all weather conditions. We select each type of skin for a particular set of characteristics, using the world’s leading tanners to perfect the skins to our needs. The Grip Master golf grips are found in Tour Pros bags on all Tours. The Grip Master is the number one leather golf grip on Tour.

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How traditional values can improve your touch…

We’re the world’s first manufacturer of a truly one-piece, pre-wrapped, slip-on leather golf grip. We have 3 generations of experience in the leather industry…

All Weather Golf Grips

Has the time come for the return of the leather golf grip?

A family business is at the forefront of a resurgence of leather golf grips, which are now making an impact in the Golf Industry with many of the worlds most recognizable players having made the change, or considering changing from rubber and or synthetic compound grips to the handmade Genuine Leather golf grips made by The Grip Master.

The Grip Master is the company behind the re-introduction of the New Age genuine leather golf grip, and the McConchie brothers are the driving force behind the company. The brothers are 3rd generation leather workers and understand the nuances, characteristics and benefits to be gained in using new tanning technologies utilizing  a number of different skin types which are perfect for the manufacture of High Performance Golf Grips. Ian McConchie invented and created the world´s first one piece slip on leather golf grip. These premium quality golf grips can be slid onto the club butt end, exactly the same as a conventional rubber or synthetic golf grip. The fact that you or your local Club Pro or professional Club Fitter, can now install a Genuine Leather grip onto your club in a matter of seconds, is certainly a massive leap forward from the age old original method of hand wrapping a strip of leather onto a hickory shaft.

As we all know, Golfpride, Lamkin and Winn are the big players in the Golf Grip business, having created Rubber and Synthetic Golf grips, and are always striving to invent new ways of mimicking natural leather grips, and to try to recreate the unbeatable feel and performance of a Genuine Leather Golf Grip. There has been some good tries, but no one yet has been able make a rubber or synthetic golf grip that can match the unbeatable performance, feel, and durability of any Natural Leather products. It is a fact that Rubber and Synthetic grips wear out rather quickly, whereas Genuine Leather Golf grips need to be ‘Worn in’ and will substantially outlast any rubber or synthetic golf grips.

To give you an example, tour players playing a Golfpride grip will change their grips every couple of weeks, whereas most tour players that are using the Grip Master Leather grip only change their grips when they change their clubs. A durability that is unmatched by the man made grips, making the leather golf grip the more affordable choice.

Admittedly the initial outlay of changing your grips to Genuine Leather ones is high, as leather grips are not cheap, but by doing so, you are paying upfront for the years of service a leather golf grip can give you.

So what are the benefits of playing leather?

Leather is, as mentioned, more durable, but also provides superior feedback over man made golf grips. Other qualities that leather golf grips demonstrate are;

  • Resistance to torsion
  • Low degradation factor
  • Better M.O.I
  • Rebound/Frequency
  • Centeredness of contact
  • Lower Center of Mass

All of the above provides a more responsive, greater feel golf grip which could soon become a trusted favorite of many a tour player. To date some of the top players using The Grip Master leather golf grips include; 2001 and 2004 US Open Champion Retief Goosen, two time British Open Champion Padraig Harrington, John Daly and Thomas Levet, among many others, who at a recent Australian Masters event, had 32% of the field played with The Grip Master leather golf grips.

The Grip Master uses a variety of the highest quality leathers, giving their customers the option of choosing a softer or harder feel and varying textures. Beyond this the traction of a leather grip is far superior to that of a man made material. The secret behind the superior traction of the Grip Master Leather grip is ‘Protack’ which instead of coating the leather is actually impregnated through the skin resulting in the unprecedented performance and traction that will remain throughout the life of the grip.

The Grip Master offer Kid, Kangaroo and Tour Grade Cow hide, in all of their high performance club grips, as well as Deer, Montana Cow hide and Cabretta [Glove leathers] in their growing range of Stylish and Tour proven Putter grip models.

Grip Masters Montana Cow hide comes from the finest full grain leather hides, tanned to provide a soft but positive touch, to promote soft hands, which is one of the keys to any good golfers’ game.

Perhaps the star of Grip Masters leather selection is the kangaroo hide grip. It is a harder grip than kid skin, but softer than the tour Cow hide leather. The kangaroo hide produces the most durable of all Grip Masters leather grips and provides the golfer with the most consistent grip retention, maintaining the same exceptional feel for an extremely long time. This has resulted in 80% of tour players using The Grip Master grips, use the kangaroo golf grips.

Kangaroo Laced Swinger (KLS)
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Working with Kangaroo is a complex and difficult procedure and with Kangaroo stocks being carefully managed, the availability of Kangaroo hide can at times be very low. Resulting in a product that is high in demand but with limited stocks.

All in all The Grip Master leather golf grips offer consistently high performance golf grips that together with their durability, will outlast, and outperform all their man made competitors. The feedback received from tour players is phenomenal, with nearly all saying they will never go back to a man made grip.

 

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Thailand Manufacturing…

Since the year 2000, TGM had an alliance with a Thailand based company [SAT/Techtronics, Lamphun/Chiangmai], who had a very successful business manufacturing and finishing Golf Club components [Titanium Metal, Golf Driver Heads] for a number of the large USA and Japan based OEM companies [Callaway, Taylor-Made, and Mizuno to name a few].

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In 2011 this company decided to change their focus, and to close the golf club component side of their business.

So in 2012, the Owners of the TGM Brand [Ian and Bruce McConchie] had no choice but to look elsewhere to assemble and finish their growing range of Hand Made Genuine Leather Golf Grips.

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So the decision made was to relocate a selected number of the key grip production staff of our former host company, and also some their key management people to start our own independent manufacturing business.

At that time we decided to set up and register the new business in Thailand under the name of The Grip Master Thailand Co, Ltd [or TGMT].

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To do this, Ian McConchie came to live and work in Chiangmai/Lamphun [in April 2012],  to oversee the move and the transformation of the business to where it now operates from its new premises, custom designed and set up specifically for making the growing range of Genuine Leather Hand Made Golf grips. The official move from SAT was made in March of 2013.

The Owners and Directors of the new company [TGMT], are Ian McConchie, Bruce McConchie, and Mr. Sitthichai Rakchue, who is also the Managing Director of this business, ably supported by his 2 assistant managers [qualified engineers], Mr. Mongkhol Kaewna [Admin and Shipping] and Mr. Surachai Sirimatr [Factory Manager and QA/QC Controller].

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Having successfully orchestrated the move, the challenge now is to improve all facets of our business, and to continue to expand the operation as the orders increase from the combined efforts of TGM’s very strong Master Distribution network, and growing business with a number of key OEM accounts in the USA, Japan/Asia and the EEC.

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Our new address is: The Grip Master Thailand Co. Ltd,

Northern Region Industrial Estate,

60/33 Moo 4 Ban-Klang, Muang,

Lamphun Thailand 51000

Tel: +66 [0] 53 581 894

Fax: +66 [0] 53 581 114

Email: info@thegripmaster.com

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Tour Putter Grips

Tour Putter Laced 60 (MPL 60)

MPL 60
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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Montana Cow Leather as pictured above is a traditional Pistol Shaped Putter grip, suited to all hand sizes, but particularly Women, as being a smaller profile in shape, it is ideal for smaller hands, and or for use in the Asian market.

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Tour shield foil embossed center bottom.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Montana Cowhide

Colour: Red, Black, Blue, Lime, Purple, Orange

Cabretta Tour Putter Laced (CPL 60)

CPL 60
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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Cabretta Leather is sensational, and made in this more traditional Pistol Shaped Putter grip, suited to all hand sizes, but particularly Women, as being a smaller profile in shape, it is ideal for smaller hands,  and or for use in the Asian market.

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Tour shield blind embossed center bottom.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Cabretta (Sheep Skin)

Colour: Red, Black,White, Lime, Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple

Mid Size Putter Laced (CPL MID)

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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Cabretta leather, now available in a larger Pistol Style Putter grip, which is fast becoming the Putter grip of choice for all level of players, up to and including extensive use on all world PGA Tours.

Grip Size: Mid-Size Type

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Tour shield blind embossed center bottom.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Cabretta (Sheep Skin)

Colour: Red, Black, White, Blue, Lime, Purple, Orange

Tour Putter Parallel Laced (CPPL 60)

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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Cabretta leather used to make this Oversized Parallel body shape Putter Grip is just amazing! This grip model is suited to larger size hands, but can also provide the platform for any hand size to sit comfortably to promote soft hands which is the key to putting, and in fact all golf swings.

Grip Size: Paddle Type

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top and small TGM logo at collar end.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Cabretta (Sheep Skin)

Colour: Black, White, Red, Blue, Lime, Purple, Orange

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Feather Lite Putter Grips

Feather Lite 25cm Laced (MFL 25 L)

COL FL 25 L
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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Montana cowhide leather, sits well with the newest member of the TGM Putter stable, and is following the current trend of using a Light Weight Oversized/Jumbo putter grip shape to promote soft hands, that releases any hand or arm tension, resulting in a deadly accurate putting motion.

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Small TGM Shield silver foil emboss center at bottom.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Montana Cowhide

Colour: Red, Black, Blue, Lime, Purple, Orange

Feather Lite 25cm Laced (CFL 25 L)

CFL 25 L
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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Cabretta leather, combines well with the newest member of the TGM Putter stable, and is following the current trend of using a Light Weight Oversized/Jumbo putter grip shape to promote soft hands, that releases any hand or arm tension, resulting  in a  deadly accurate putting motion.

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, small TGM shield blind embossed center at bottom.

Finish: Smooth/Beeswax

Skin: Cabretta (Sheep Skin)

Colour: Red, Black,White, Lime, Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple

Feather Lite 25cm Sewn (TFL 25 S)

CM FL 25 S
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The beautiful soft feel/touch of Cowhide Tour leather is just amazing! As the newest member of the TGM Putter stable, and is following the current trend of using a Light Weight Oversized/Jumbo putter grip shape to promote soft hands, that releases any hand or arm tension, resulting  in a  deadly accurate putting motion.

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top and small TGM logo at collar end.

Finish: Smooth/Light Tack

Skin: Cowhide

Colour: Black/Uluru

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Exotic Putter Range… (Exotics)

Tejus Lizard Tour Putter Sewn (XTL PS 60)

XTL PS 60
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Logos: Xotic’s logo blind embossed on top left hand side.

Finish: Beeswax

Skin: Tejus Lizard

Colour: Black, Red, Yellow, Coffee, Lime, Blue, Chocolate, Orange, Purple

Ostrich Body Tour Putter Laced (XOB PL 60)

XOB PL 60
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Logos: Xotic’s logo blind embossed on top left hand side.

Finish: Beeswax

Skin: Ostrich Body

Colour: Green,Orange, White, Grey, Purple, Red, Cognac

 Ostrich Leg Tour Putter Laced (XOL PL 60)

XOL PL 60
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Logos: Xotic’s logo blind embossed on top left hand side.

Finish: Beeswax

Skin: Ostrich Leg

Colour: Pink, Blue

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Wrapped Swinger(Club) Golf Grips

Wrapped Swinger(Club) Pin-Perforated (WSP) 

Wrapped Springer Pin-Perforated (WSP)
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Genuine leather in the “older” Traditional wrap style, but with modern day technology that will give the player ultimate confidence in all weather conditions.

Grip-Sizes: Under-Size, Standard & Over-Size

Logos: Small TGM shield center 3rd wrap from the bottom, silver/gold foil.

Finish: Pin-Perforated/Full Tack

Skin: Genuine Cowhide Leather

Colour: Black/Uluru

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Laced Swinger Golf Grips

Kangaroo Swinger(Club) Laced (KSL)

Kangaroo Laced Swinger (KLS)
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Tour Edition ultra lightweight very strong leather, it’s been a hit on the tour since we introduced it with a feel that promotes confidence, as it offers real feedback. The baseball stitching down the back will suit those who might be looking for that reminder rib feel.

Grip Sizes: Under-Size, Standard & Over-size

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Kangaroo shield silver foil center at bottom.

Finish: Micro Perf/Full Tack

Skin: Kangaroo

Colour: Black

Club Maker Laced Swinger (CMLS)

Club Maker Laced Swinger (CMLS)
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Genuine leathers that have that feel that cannot be duplicated with man-made materials. These grips have  the added bonus of better feel and traction to promote soft hands. The baseball stitching down the back will suit those who might be looking for that reminder rib feel.

Grip Sizes: Under-Size, Standard & Over-Size

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Small TGM silver foil center at bottom.

Finish: Micro Perf/Full Tack

Skin: Cowhide Tour Leather & Kid Leather(Goat)

Colour: Black with Red Lacing

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Club Maker Swinger Sewn Golf Grips

Club Maker Sewn Swinger (CMSS)

Club Maker Sewn Swinger (CMSS)
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Genuine leathers that have a feel that cannot be duplicated with man-made materials. These grips have the added bonus of better feel and traction to promote soft hands.

Grip Sizes: Under-Size, Standard & Over-Size

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, TGM letters silver/bronze foil center at bottom.

Finish: Micro Perf/Full Tack

Skin: Genuine Cowhide Tour Leather & Kid Leather(Goat)

Colour: Cowhide – Black & Uluru(Dark Red), Kid – Black & Plum

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Lucas Herbert second in Eisenhower Trophy

BENDIGO golfer Lucas Herbert fired a six-under par 66 to finish in a tie for second in the individual event at the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan.

Lucas Herbert using TGM golf grips…

Herbert’s four-round total of 20-under par was three shots adrift of Spain’s Jon Rahm at 23-under par.

Herbert’s score led Australia to a tie for sixth in the teams event.

The Neangar Park golfer had seven birdies and one bogey in his final round.

Herbert stays in Japan to compete in  the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, a professional tournament, which was won by Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama last year and carries prizemoney of more than $1.5million.

 

Article written by Adam Bourke

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The Grip Master – Golf Grip Selector

Grip Sizing Information

The proper grip size plays a significant role in a golfers’ ability to control the club and in turn, the ball flight. With a neutral (standard) grip size, the golfer can normally return the clubface square to the target at impact. If this grip is too large this can limit the players ability to release the wrists through impact causing a block of fade. If the grip is too small it can cause early release resulting in a pull or draw.
However, the above can be used to your advantage should your normal swing produce undesired shots or choosing a grip that will fit your hands.

A larger grip (Midsize, Jumbo or a Standard grip built up) would benefit:

  • A player with large(r) hands
  • A player who consistently draws or hooks the ball
  • A player with arthritus who struggles to hold and smaller grip
  • A player whose fingers wrap round the grip and dig into their palm

A smaller grip (Ladies, Undersize or Ladies built up) would benefit:

  • A player with small(er) hands
  • A player who consistently slices or fades the ball
  • A player who requires more clubhead ‘feel’
  • A player whose fingers do not fully encircle the grip

The professional approach to grip sizing requires the hand to be simply measured and the results matched against our chart towards the bottom of this page. The two measurements required are taken as follows:

Using an inch ruler/tape (because the majority of grips are produced by American companies, inches are still used as a standard)

1. Measure the distance between the Dominant Wrist Crease and the tip of the longest finger. (see picture below)

2. Next measure the length of the longest finger from the web to the tip. (see picture below)

3. Now refer to the chart and notes at the foot of this page

Grip Sizing Chart

 

Standard Grip Selector

 

(A) Dominant Wrist – Crease to Fingertip (B) Grip Size
5 3/4″ – 7″ Undersize
7″ – 8 1/4″ Standard
8 1/2″ – Over 9 1/2″ Oversize
If the length of (B) is over 3 1/2″, you may want to move up grip size.
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A few Top Ten finishes for Bryden MacPherson…

When Australian David McKenzie won his first PGA TOUR China Series’ title, he had the proverbial walk in the park on the back nine, winning the Lanhai Open by five shots and never facing a threat over his final nine holes. Sunday at the Cadillac Championship, a similar scenario seemed to be unfolding.

With four holes to play, McKenzie held a four-shot lead. From there, McKenzie did everything he could just to hang on, which he was able to do,

Bryden MacPherson

defeating countryman and Sunday playing partner Bryden MacPherson by two shots to become the first player in Series’ history to win two tournaments.

“This [win] was not as easy as the last one,” said McKenzie, who picked up ¥216,000 for the victory and has earned ¥489,552 this season, leaving him firmly in second place in the Order of Merit with four tournaments remaining on the schedule. “This one was much more unexpected as I wasn’t playing as well this week as I was the other week I won.”

McKenzie did play well enough, so much so that he appeared safely in control midway through his final nine of the tournament. Then things got interesting when the 47-year-old watched as MacPherson pulled out a 6-iron from 181 yards and proceeded to jar his second shot on the par-4 15th hole for eagle.

“It was a really great shot,” MacPherson said. “It wasn’t one of those that you didn’t hit properly and it went it. It was one that I hit exactly how I wanted to. Everyone was screaming. It was a cool moment.”

A rattled McKenzie admitted his head “started spinning” when he saw the result of MacPherson’s shot. “He made eagle, and I thought, If I three-putt this, I’ll be one shot in the lead.”
Guess what. After leaving his approach just off the green and on the fringe, McKenzie left his first putt short. He said he mis-read the second putt for par and, “all of a sudden, I’m only ahead by one shot and anything can happen.”


BEIJING OPEN: Final leaderboard | Hole-by-hole scores | Course stats | Order of Merit


The good feelings didn’t last for MacPherson, however. He hit an errant tee shot on No. 16, and his approach shot missed the green to the left. He made a nice chip but couldn’t get up and down and bogeyed while McKenzie was making par. “I was a bit more comfortable; not as comfortable as four (ahead) but better than one,” McKenzie added. After the two parred the 17th, that left MacPherson no choice but to try to replicate his heroics from three holes earlier and either make an eagle or hope McKenzie would make a mistake. He couldn’t, McKenzie didn’t and both players made routine pars to account for the final result.

“I had a lot of chances for birdie, but I didn’t hole many of them. So I’m disappointed to miss so many of those chances. But congratulations to David. It’s hard to beat someone who doesn’t make many mistakes,” said MacPherson, who played collegiate golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of the Bulldog team that won the 2010 NCAA Championship.

Even with the disappointing second-place finish, MacPherson’s week at Qinghe Bay Golf Club represents his best performance of the season and is his third consecutive top-10 after a tie for seventh and a tie for sixth in his last two starts. At No 6, with earnings of ¥296,568, he is now safely inside the Order of Merit’s top 10 with four tournaments to play in 2014. MacPherson likes to use the Black KSS standard size on his woods and irons.

First-round leader Rak Hyun Cho finished third, three strokes behind McKenzie, while Scott Laycock, another Aussie, was fourth, four back.

Final-Round Notes

Amateur Zi Hao Chen saw his chances of winning come to an end when he made a double bogey at the par-3 15th hole in the final round. Still, his tie for fifth is only the third top-10 by an amateur this season. Ze Cheng Dou was second at the Buick Open, and Dou tied for fifth at the Lanhai Open.

Todd Baek, who broke through last week with his first PGA TOUR China Series’ win — at the Chateau Junding Penglai Open — had eagles on the seventh and ninth holes Sunday. It is the ninth time this season a player has made two eagles in the same round, with Hao Tong Li doing it twice. The eagles were Baek’s fifth and sixth of the season. Baek shot a 5-under 67 and tied for 11th. He dropped from No. 2 on the Order of Merit to No. 3.

The low round of the day belonged to Australia’s Alex Hawley. He shot a season-best 66 on his way to his best finish of the year, a tie for 13th with three others. The 6-under effort that included eight birdies and two bogeys was 13 shots better than his round of a day earlier, when Hawley fired a 79. Only Chris Brown (17-stroke improvement) and Chong Gao (15 strokes) had better showings from one round to the next this season.

Amateur Cheng Jin also had a nice finish to his tournament, shooting a 2-under 70 Sunday to move into a tie for 13th with David Lutterus, Yi Cao and Alex Hawley. Tian Lang Guan shot a 1-over 73 in the final round and tied for 24. The other two amateurs to make the cut, Guang Dian Huang and Dong Yu Wang, tied for 71st.

South Korea’s Rak Hyun Cho (third) Australia’s Scott Laycock (fourth) and China’s Dong Su (tied for ninth) all turned in their first top-10s of the season. Cho’s previous-best tournament was a tie for 17th (Yulongwan Yunnan Open), while Laycock tied for 21st and Su tied for 15th (both at the Lanhai Open).

The par-5 18th hole, which only yielded two birdies Saturday, again took its toll on players in the final round. No player finishing in the top 10 made birdie there.

The par-4 10th hole was the course’s most-difficult Sunday, with a stroke average of 4.33. The easiest hole Sunday, for the second consecutive day, was the par-5 ninth (4.75).

 

Article written by PGA Tour

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Ray Beaufils gets back to work at Chateau Junding Penglai Open

Ray Beaufils

Ray Beaufils, one of the steadiest performers during the first half of the PGA TOUR China Series’ inaugural season, has been out of action for a couple of months with an injury, and he’s ready to return. Tee’d up with his Black KSS standard size on his woods and irons

Fine by him if upon his return he plays the way he did in the early part of the season.

The Australian finished runner-up in the Series’ second qualifying tournament in March, earning his playing privileges for the year. A month later, playing on the same course where he qualified — the Mission Hills Golf Club’s Sandbelt Trails Course — he had a pair of 66s in the second and third rounds of his debut, the Mission Hills Haikou Open, which led to a tie for third. He added top-20s at both the Buick Open (tied for 11th) and the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open (tied for 18th) and was looking for that breakthrough week.

Unfortunately, in his next start, at the Lanhai Open, even though Beaufils began with a 6-under 66 and was a stroke off the lead after 18 holes, he wasn’t feeling well. An old rugby injury flared up, disc protrusions in his lower neck that resulted in — Anatomy 101 vocabulary alert — a nerve-root impingement. Translation, in Beaufils’ words as he talks about the injury: “When it’s angry, it’s very angry.”

After shooting an even-par 72 in the second round and a 73 in the third round, Beaufils double-bogeyed his second hole Sunday in Wuhan, added three more bogeys and a double bogey, leaving him 7-over after eight holes. The pain, he realized, wasn’t going away. As his discomfort intensified, Beaufils decided his day was over, he notified officials he was withdrawing, and he headed to Australia to recover. Beaufils has missed the last two PGA TOUR China starts.

Chateau Junding Golf Club is the PGA TOUR China host this week.
Beaufils returns to the Series this week for the Chateau Junding Penglai Open, and although he doesn’t consider himself 100 percent healthy, he says he’s “somewhere around 90 percent.” Beaufils enters the tournament, which begins Thursday at Chateau Junding Golf Club, ranked 18th on the Order of Merit, with ¥121,128 in earnings (approximately $19,700). The top five Order of Merit finishers earn 2015 Web.com Tour status.

“I was very satisfied,” Beaufils, a native of Sydney, said of his start to the season. “I know that if you keep putting yourself in the mix, regardless of where you finish at the end of the week, good things are bound to happen eventually.”

Beaufils returned to competitive action last week, playing on the PGA Tour of Australasia, at the Isuzu Queensland Open, where he missed the cut. This week will be his second outing since going six weeks without swinging a club as he tried to heal.

“[The injury] has affected the strength in the muscles that work my elbow and wrist,” he explained. “Some may think I could have done short-game work, but anything required keeping the head still resulted in a shooting nerve pain down my arm. So I’ve filled my time by doing everything possible in my rehab. We had a family trip planned to Bali (Indonesia), which I had to miss due to the possibility of seeing a surgeon. Dr. Kerrie Evans, my physio, has worked daily on me, giving me a chance to play the rest of the season.

“There’s no predicting that I will be able to play the season out as this injury is quite temperamental,” Beaufils said, “But under Kerrie’s guidance I’m confident I should be able to get back to where I need to be. I’m very lucky to be in such good hands.”

Beaufils is also glad to return to the first-year Tour. He is one of eight Australians inside the top 25 on the Order of Merit.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed every event during the PGA TOUR China Series. It’s been great to get to know a new country and its culture. But secondly, it’s evident that the Tour has worked tirelessly to get everything running smoothly, where the players only have to worry about playing golf.

“Even though PGA TOUR China is ultimately seen as a development tour, the standard of talent is far beyond what I expected,” Beaufils said. “It’s super exciting for the region as a whole, but I think once the word gets out about how enjoyable everyone’s experiences are from those of us who have played the Tour, it will attract even stronger fields in the years to come.”

Playing this week in the Series’ seventh event of the 12-tournament schedule are five of the six previous winners. Only Australian David McKenzie, winner of the Lanhai Open, is absent.

 

Article written by PGA Tour

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Golf – The Ultimate Game

Just you and the ball…

The word ‘GOLF’ conjures up all sorts of emotions in different people, from love, hate, confusion to thoughts like ‘What me? Play that stupid game?’ and a whole lot of other things I may not write about without being censured for being politically incorrect.

But what is this sports ‘thing’ called golf? The nice way of putting it is to hit a little white, or a host of ‘new’ coloured balls around a park like area with the intent of putting that same little ball into a hole and marking down how many strokes/shots/strikes/swipes or whatever you took doing that………… aaah yes say the skeptics, that about covers it plus a whole lot of ‘other’ knowledgeable comments on the way!!!!

Breath deeply, step back a step or two and take note………

This is probably one of the most rewarding of endeavours one can take part in – in that it teaches you self control, self adjustment, acceptance and above all allows you control (sometimes) of something as simple as hitting something hard without being arrested and at the same time teaches you humility.

This is called Birdie joy...
This is called Birdie joy…

Not too many sports can pack that amount of ‘learning’ into a few hours of walking 5 to 7 kilometers / miles chasing a small little ball… correct…… right!!!

But to be fair, this is one, if not the only game that one can play, either on your own or with one to three other people, where you do not really compete with the other players – you compete with yourself – you try to play the best game YOU can and hopefully it is better than the other guy/girl has played against themselves. In this sometimes infuriating game, it is how you handle the stresses of being able to hit that (swear/swear) little ball in the direction you want it to go, as far as you would like it to go and then be able to hit another ‘shot’ at some flat piece of grass called a green (?????? Hello) and then play/putt it into that hole placed in some ridiculous placed position…. OK, OK now calm down…….. sigh, breath, breath……. !!!

These sound like all the ‘normal’ things people say about golf and 95% of the time, tongue in cheek. Well, is it really fair? NO not really.

Yes all those things do happen in golf but these things, are exactly what we, the golfers of the world are in fact trying to do and again land up doing everything else we should not. They say that the endeavors of man are foolhardy at the best of times……… so that means we are ‘endeavoring’ to do something that that most people won’t even dare to try and the really weird part of it is this – we absolutely love this game! And the reasons are very easy to explain.

Rory & Tiger know what I’m talking about…

Who would not enjoy an early morning walk, in cool crisp air, in beautiful park like surroundings, enjoying nature at its best…….. and at the same time hitting a small ball along the way, endeavoring (that word again) to stay calm while we do so. For those of you that are golfers I need explain nothing further – to those that are not golfers……… that’s cool, it just leaves us with more available tee off times, thanks!!!

Writer: Graham Riley

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Louis de Jager wins in Port Edward

Louis De Jager
De Jager was five shots clear of the field at the start of the round. But he had to weather a difficult start and gusting winds before winning a three-way playoff with a par on the 18th.”That was the first playoff of my career so I didn’t know what to expect, but I think that helped me in the end,” said De Jager.But it required all of the mental strength he could muster.De Jager did well to compose himself after a difficult front nine where he saw his five-shot lead cut to two when he triple-bogeyed the first and double-bogeyed the fifth amidst two birdies on the second and ninth holes.He had some breathing space early on the back nine, but then finished with five consecutive bogeys to drop into a tie with Jaco Ahlers and Haydn Porteous on two under.He then took the title with a great drive and a good approach before two-putting.

“On the first I hit probably the worst shot of my tournament for my second, and it went into the hazard.”

“It was very tough out there and I’m just glad I could pull it through.”

“I just kept my head and stuck to my gameplan and it worked out in the end.”

This is his first win since his maiden triumph in the 2009 Suncoast Classic further up the coast.

 

Article written by Sport24

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Course record in Queensland for Anthony Brown

At this weeks Queensland Open we have 25 players in the field using Grip Master golf grips 21% of the Field. Anthony Brown shoots Course record to lead after the first round using KSS OS and David Bransdon T3rd. Currently 1/2 way through the second Anthony Brown still leads with 4 TGM players in the top 8.

Anthony Brown

Victorian Anthony Brown has fired a course record equalling round at Brookwater Golf and Country Club to lead the Isuzu Queensland Open.

Brown fired a 7-under 65 for a one shot lead from Queensland amateur Kade McBride after the first round.

Starting on the 1st hole in the afternoon field, Brown’s round started to heat up with four consecutive birdies on holes five through eight.

“I didn’t have high expectations. If you make three birdies around here it’s good but I made a couple early and that set the tone for the day,” said Brown.

“I did everything right off the tee, gave myself some good chances on the greens and holed some nice putts.”

An eagle on the par-5 13th was the highlight of the round for the Victorian who looked set to break the course record, set by Nick Cullen last year, before finishing his round with a bogey.

“I birdied 12, chipped in for eagle on 13 to go to 7-under and then birdied 17 to go to eight. Unfortunately, a slight hiccup on the 18th but still a very good day,” added Brown who struggled on the course in 2013.

“I’ve never broken 70 at Brookwater in the past. It is a tough course even with no wind, it’s so penal.”

Playing in the morning field McBride set the early pace and was impressed with his score in the tough conditions.

“I’ve only played here about five times but have a good understanding of the course,’’ said McBride.

“I feel I played well considering the wind. I drove the ball well and putted pretty good.’’

On greens made receptive by overnight rain, McBride holed a number of long putts to kick start his round.

“I holed a long one on the second and 30-footers on the fifth and sixth holes. Then I holed a long one from off the green on the 15th.’’

At 5-under the card and tied third is Victorian David Bransdon and South Australian Tom Bond who led after the first round last year.

Rounding out the top-5 on 3-under 69 is Victorian Scott Laycock, New South Welshman Adam Stephens and New Zealand Pieter Zwart.

Defending champion Nick Cullen opened his title defence with a 1-under 71 to be tied 10th heading into Friday.

The second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open tees off at 6.30am tomorrow with Anthony Brown on course at 7.10am.

Nick Cullen

    (Article written by PGA.ORG.AU)

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Kangaroo Swinger Sewn Golf Grips

Kangaroo Swinger Sewn (KSS)

Kangaroo Sewn Swinger (KSS)
Buy it now…

Tour Edition ultra lightweight very strong leather, it’s been a hit on the tour since we introduced it with a feel that promotes confidence, as it offers real feedback. Suitable for Woods and Irons.

Grip Sizes: Under-Size, Standard & Over-Size

Logos: Large TGM shield blind embossed center at top, Kangaroo shield silver foil center at bottom.

Finish: Micro Perf/Full Tack

Skin: Kangaroo

Colour: Black

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The Grip Master PGA Players

 Here are some of the PGA players using The Grip Master golf grips. Nothing sticks like The Grip Master leather grips. While those that are made with man-made materials wear out and lose their grip, ours wear in and maintains traction.

Precision, is an important criteria for us at The Grip Master. When designing a grip the intent is to eliminate the negatives, higher Centre of Mass, decreased torque, lowered swing weight, all of which are a result of adding a grip to a golf club.

bryden macpherson

We use only the highest grade leather on all of our grips. We use leather because it outperforms man made materials in every critical criteria.

jarrod lyle

These grips form a superior bond between your golf club and your hands, making them one of the most important golf club components for improving golf swing.
Good leather has a feel that cannot be duplicated with manmade materials. Touch promotes confidence, as it offers real feedback.

With a dramatic growth on all professional golf tours in the use of ‘Genuine Leather’ golf grips, it raises the question: Why are Pro’s turning to Leather? Is there a real reason? The following test results clearly demonstrate a technical reason as to why Leather is the BEST material for use in a high performance golf grip! These tests were done under lab conditions, with the club being removed from the testing apparatus after every reading. This ensures that each reading was not being influenced by the previous one. The reason for the test was to quantify the impact a grip has on a golf club. The control club used was a steel shaft with no grip and each subsequent test used the exact same grip. The tests show that a grip of any kind degraded the mechanical values of the control club. The grips tested were a number of Leather grips from The Grip Master and also the leading rubber grip from Golf Pride.

Genuine Leather grips offer more control. The results clearly show that the Kangaroo Leather has the lowest degradation, with all Leather grips outperforming the rubber grip. This is a very important factor in the promotion and sale of The Grip Master High Performance Genuine Leather Swinger golf grips.

  • They out perform all other grips in all-weather conditions.
  • They have the added bonus of better feel and traction, to promote soft hands.

Retief GoosenPadraig HarringtonJohn DalyJarrod Lyle

Thomas Levet, Jin Jeong, Jens Dorthrop, Jbe KrugerTom Lewis, Steve LewtonJohan Edfors

Scott HendDanny ChiaNicholas FungMatthew StiegerNick CullenSam Brazel, Steve Lewton, Jazz Janewattananond

Jin Jeong, Jarrod Lyle, Peter O’Malley, Brody Ninyette, Nick Cullen, Scott StrangeStephen LeaneyRhein GibsonScott Hend, Sam Brazel, Jamie ArnoldJames McleanPeter WilsonTerry PilkadarisMatthew Guyatt, Kristopher Mueck, Peter FowlerAaron Pike, Matthew Steiger, David BransdonBryden MacphersonAnthony BrownKurt BarnesMichael Wright, Leigh Mckennie, Adam Crawford, Kim Felton, Bradley HughesRyan HaywoodMarcus CainAndrew MartinSteven Jeffress, Jun Seok Lee, Matthew Perry, Thomas PeterssonBrett DrewittGlenn JoynerAndrew TampionPieter ZwartMichael MooreRory BourkeBen WhartonBrad McIntoshJason NorrisAndre Stoltz, Steve Lewton, Ryan McCarthyRay Beaufils

Bryden Macpherson, Ray Beaufils, Brett Drewitt, Matthew Perry, Ted Oh, Brad MacIntosh, Ryan McCarthy, Jamie Arnold, Thomas Petersson, Lincoln Tighe

Kurt Barnes, Steve Jeffress, Stephen Leaney

Mike Clayton, Peter Fowler, Michael Harwood, Glenn Joyner, John Gould

Retief Goosen, Jbe Kruger, Louis De JagerMJ Daffue

The Grip Master make the BEST golf grips on the planet.

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Congratulations to Steve Jeffress on winning the Fiji International

A 15-year quest to win his first big tournament on Sunday produced a superb $193,000 payday in Fiji for Gold Coast-based battler Steven Jeffress, who can finally throw some cash at his mortgage.

Steven Jeffress rates his victory in the Fiji International at Natadola Bay course as the best of his career.

Jeffress has been a pro-am king for a decade with wins from dusty Dysart to Logan City and from Cairns to the Gold Coast without ever nailing the defining moment he did in such style at the Fiji International.

While the rest of the field battled the winds at the testing Natadola Bay course, Jeffress harnessed all he has learned the hard way in a closing two-under-par 70 to win by four shots from Newcastle young gun Jake Higginbottom.

Jeffress (69-70-69-70) reached a 10-under total and the measure of his victory was that only five of the 60 players dealt with the constant wind and tricky greens to finish under par.

“I’m a little bit dazed really. It’s been a lot of years of hard work to get a main tour win and believing I could when all my friends told me to keep going for it,” Jeffress, 38, said.

“I’ve played the course a lot, so I knew where not to go when the wind was howling. That’s the satisfying part … grinding it out so I got to that point on the last green you joke about over the years with mates ‘Two putts to win’.”

He only needed one … his third birdie putt in the closing four holes to win his duel with Higginbottom, who had led by two early in the day.

“The first thing that comes to mind with the prizemoney is my mortgage,” Jeffress said.

Jeffress withdrew $50,000 on his home loan several years ago to back his dream. He’s a classic battler just like the Gold Coast Titans rugby league team he supports.

Qualification for last year’s British Open at Muirfield was a high point but it didn’t transfer to success on this year’s Japanese Tour where he pocketed just over $6000 from a lean run.

The turning point was on the short par three 15th when Jeffress nailed the first birdie and Higginbottom took a bogey when he found the hazard with his wedge off the tee after being put off by a distant cry from a nearby beach.

Just as big for Jeffress was being confident enough to play a driver off the deck for his second shot on a par five that never got above 3m off the ground, a shot he perfected in windy Port Macquarie where he grew up.

Jeffress had played the Natadola Bay course on Fiji’s Coral Coast more than most in the field and his knowledge paid off.

Former world No.1 Vijay Singh struggled with the greens all week. He still finished tied for 10th after closing with a 73 while young Queenslander Cameron Smith had seven bogeys and a double bogey to finish with an ugly 79.

“This is the number one win of my career without a doubt and it is special,” Jeffress said.

Steve has been a long time user of The Grip Master Genuine leather grips, Jeffro’s grip of choice is the KSS Black.
Kangaroo Sewn Swinger

25 players in the Field used Grip Master grips

12 players made the cut using Grip Master grips
Grip Master grips used by the Fiji International Champion Steve Jeffress and 3rd place finisher Terry Pilkadaris long time user of the WSP grip.
Wrapped Swinger Pin-Perforated
Article written by Jim Tucker @ Courier Mail
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When It Comes To Golf Grips – Who Is The Grip Master ?

Has the time come for the return of the leather golf grip?

A family business is at the forefront of a resurgence of leather golf grips, which are now making an impact in the Golf Industry with many of the worlds most recognizable players having made the change, or considering changing from rubber and or synthetic compound grips to the handmade Genuine Leather golf grips made by The Grip Master.

The Grip Master is the company behind the re-introduction of the New Age genuine leather golf grip, and the McConchie brothers are the driving force behind the company. The brothers are 3rd generation leather workers and understand the nuances, characteristics and benefits to be gained in using new tanning technologies utilizing  a number of different skin types which are perfect for the manufacture of High Performance Golf Grips. Ian McConchie invented and created the world´s first one piece slip on leather golf grip. These premium quality golf grips can be slid

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onto the club butt end, exactly the same as a conventional rubber or synthetic golf grip. The fact that you or your local Club Pro or professional Club Fitter, can now install a Genuine Leather grip onto your club in a matter of seconds, is certainly a massive leap forward from the age old original method of hand wrapping a strip of leather onto a hickory shaft.

As we all know, Golfpride, Lamkin and Winn are the big players in the Golf Grip business, having created Rubber and Synthetic Golf grips, and are always striving to invent new ways of mimicking natural leather grips, and to try to recreate the unbeatable feel and performance of a Genuine Leather Golf Grip. There has been some good tries, but no one yet has been able make a rubber or synthetic golf grip can match the unbeatable performance, feel, and durability of any Natural Leather products. It is a fact that Rubber and Synthetic grips wear out rather quickly, whereas Genuine Leather Golf grips need to be ‘Worn in’ and will substantially outlast any rubber or synthetic golf grips.

To give you an example, tour players playing a Golfpride grip will change their grips every couple of weeks, whereas most tour players that are using the Grip Master Leather grip only change their grips when they change their clubs. A durability that is unmatched by the man made grips, making the leather golf grip the more affordable choice.

Admittedly the initial outlay of changing your grips to Genuine Leather ones is high, as leather grips are not cheap, but by doing so, you are paying upfront for the years of service a leather golf grip can give you.

So what are the benefits of playing leather?

Leather is, as mentioned, more durable, but also provides superior feedback over man made golf grips. Other qualities that leather golf grips demonstrate are;

  • Resistance to torsion
  • Low degradation factor
  • Better M.O.I
  • Rebound/Frequency
  • Centeredness of contact
  • Lower Center of Mass

All of the above provides a more responsive, greater feel golf grip which could soon become a trusted favorite of many a tour player. To date some of the top players using The Grip Master leather golf grips include; 2001 and 2004 US Open Champion Retief Goosen, two time British Open Champion Padraig Harrington, John Daly and Thomas Levet, among many others, who at a recent Australian Masters event, had 32% of the field played with The Grip Master leather golf grips.padraig-harrington

The Grip Master uses a variety of the highest quality leathers, giving their customers the option of choosing a softer or harder feel and varying textures. Beyond this the traction of a leather grip is far superior to that of a man made material. The secret behind the superior traction of the Grip Master Leather grip is ‘Protack’ which instead of coating the leather is actually impregnated through the skin resulting in the unprecedented performance and traction that will remain throughout the life of the grip.

The Grip Master offer Kid, Kangaroo and Tour Grade Cow hide, in all of their high performance club grips, as well as Deer, Montana Cow hide and Cabretta [Glove leathers] in their growing range of Stylish and Tour proven Putter grip models.

Grip Masters Montana Cow hide comes from the finest full grain leather hides, tanned to provide a soft but positive touch, to promote soft hands, which is one of the keys to any good golfers’ game.

Perhaps the star of Grip Masters leather selection is the kangaroo hide grip. It is a harder grip than kid skin, but softer than the tour Cow hide leather. The kangaroo hide produces the most durable of all Grip Masters leather grips and provides the golfer with the most consistent grip retention, maintaining the same exceptional feel for an extremely long time. This has resulted in 80% of tour players using The Grip Master grips, use the kangaroo golf grips.

Working with Kangaroo is a complex and difficult procedure and with Kangaroo stocks being carefully managed, the availability of Kangaroo hide can at times be very low. Resulting in a product that is high in demand but with limited stocks.

All in all The Grip Master leather golf grips offer consistently high performance golf grips that together with their durability, will outlast, and outperform all their man made competitors. The feedback received from tour players is phenomenal, with nearly all saying they will never go back to a man made grip.

 

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How grip technology helps your game

Grip Master golf grips will last much longer than any rubber or synthetic grips with the correct grip care. Other grips often need to be changed every month…

With a dramatic growth on all professional golf tours in the use of ‘Genuine Leather’ golf grips, it raises the question:

Scott Hend

Why are Pro’s turning to Leather? Is there a real reason?

The following test results clearly demonstrate a technical reason as to why Leather is the BEST material for use in a high performance golf grip!

These tests were done under lab conditions, with the club being removed from the testing apparatus after every reading. This ensures that each reading was not being influenced by the previous one. The reason for the test was to quantify the impact a grip has on a golf club.

The control club used was a steel shaft with no grip and each subsequent test used the exact same grip. The tests show that a grip of any kind degraded the mechanical values of the control club. The grips tested were a number of Leather grips from The Grip Master and also the leading rubber grip from Golf Pride [this is the number one grip in golf today].

The results clearly show that the Kangaroo Leather has the lowest degradation, with all Leather grips outperforming the rubber grip.

This is very a very important factor in the promotion and sale of TGM High Performance Genuine Leather Swinger golf grips.

 

The numbers clearly show:

Genuine Leather grips offer more control

They out perform all other grips in all-weather conditions

They have the added bonus of better feel and traction, to promote soft hands.

DO YOU PLAY LEATHER?

Mide Size Laced Tour Putter
Wrapped Swinger Perferated
Kangaroo Laced Swinger
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