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The Golf Life Aussies Making Headlines by Rohan Clarke
Newsmaker of the Month
HE ASIAN specialist won his third tournament on Chinese soil,
shooting a final-round 64 to reach a playoff and defeat South
Korea’s Rak Hyun Cho to win the Fragrant Hills International.
The 26-year-old former British Amateur champion had struggled on the
American Web.com Tour since a breakout season in 2015 when he was a
two-time PGA Tour China winner.
“I didn’t think I would have any chance of catching any of the leaders at
the start of the day. I guess I was lucky enough to be at the right position at
the right time,” Macpherson told the China Tour website. “I haven’t been
making many putts during the week but I managed to hole many putts today
and played really solid.
“I told myself to stay patient as you never know what can happen. And then,
here we are. I was trying not to think too much of the scores when I played.
But I thought if I could get to eight or nine-under-par, I may have a chance.”
ADAM SCOTT: Criticised the USGA for
losing sight of golf’s bigger picture. Scott
condemned brutal course set-ups for the US
Open, adding “they’ve really dropped the
ball with where the game is at, over the last
20 years especially”.
JASON DAY: Announced he intends to play
in Australia this summer for the first time in
four years. Day didn’t indicate whether he
would play the Emirates Australian Open or
the Australian PGA Championship.
SEVEN NETWORK: Confirmed a new long-
term agreement to broadcast the Australian
Open and Australian PGA Championship.
GREG NORMAN: Honoured as the 2017
Memorial Inductee with a plaque at Muirfield
Village Golf Club, the venue of Jack Nicklaus’
annual event on the US PGA Tour.
FRANK PHILLIPS: Awarded a Medal of the
Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours List for his service to the
NSW Southern Highlands and Australian
golf. The Moss Vale resident won two
Australian Open and five NSW Open titles
during a brilliant career.
MATT BALLARD: Revealed as Adam Scott’s
short-game guru with whom he has been
working since February. The Sanctuary Cove
teaching pro oversees every aspect of Scott’s
short game from 120 metres in to the hole.
EWAN PORTER: Gave a polished display in
the commentary booth for the international
broadcast feed of the US Open at Erin Hills.
CURTIS LUCK: Claimed his first top-10
result from six invitations on the US PGA
Tour. Luck earned $US216,994 after tieing
for fifth at the Quicken Loans National.
BRETT COLETTA: Collected $US66,410
from his US PGA Tour debut in Dublin, Ohio,
where the Melburnian tied for 25th at the
RYAN RUFFELS: Closed with a 66 to finish
outright second at the Puerto Plata DR Open
on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in the
Dominican Republic, seven strokes behind
American Tee-K Kelly.
DYLAN PERRY [right]: Surrendered a four-
hole lead with five to play during the final of
the British Amateur Championship at Royal
St George’s . Englishman Harry Ellis claimed
the title on the 38th hole.
BRENDAN JONES: Tied for third after
sharing the 54-hole lead at the JGT
Championship Mori Building Cup at
Shishido Hills in Ibaraki, Japan.
HANNAH GREEN: The 20-year-old West
Australian rookie produced another
impressive performance with a third-place
finish on the Symetra Tour’s Decatur-
Forsyth Classic in Illinois.
BEN FERGUSON: Finished third at the St
Andrews Links Trophy on the Old Course.
MONTANA STRAUSS: Runner-up in the St
Rule Trophy on St Andrews’ Old and New
JED MORGAN: Won the overall boys’ title
at the Singapore Junior Golf Championship.
The 17-year-old Queenslander shot three
consecutive rounds of 69 at Seletar
GRACE KIM, STEPH KYRIACOU AND
ISABELLE TAYLOR: Combined to share
third place in the team section of the World
Junior Championship at Chukyo Golf Club
STEVE TOYNE: The 59-year-old
Indooroopilly member captured the
Australian Senior Men’s Match Play
Championship with a 2&1 victory against
defending champion Gordon Claney at
Coolangatta-T weed Heads Golf Club.
MOORE PARK GOLF DRIVING RANGE:
Reopened with a $1.3 million refurbishment
that includes custom-designed targets,
Touchscreen technology and automated ball
SHANE LUKE: Provided inspiration for
disabled golfers when the 42-year-old above-
knee amputee from Bankstown attained a
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