Louis Oosthuizen uses cart path to hit 500 yard drive: video

Struggling for distance off the tee? Aim for the cart path.

Check out this video. Louis Oosthuizen hits a wayward tee shot off the first hole at Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea to start his second round at the Ballantine’s Championship.
Oosthuizen’s ball finds the cart path and travels another few hundred or so yards. As you can see at the very end, his ball was extremely lucky to stop where it did. It could very well have travelled another few hundred yards in the wrong direction.
Interestingly, Australia’s Brett Rumford hit an almost identical shot two years ago at the same event, on the same course on the same hole. Rumford didn’t get quite so lucky and also had a little bit of outside influence from the spectators.

Did someone say, “bad course design”?

Rumford scores spectacular win at Ballantine’s Championship

Rumford joins a growing list of Australian golfer's who have won in 2013.

Brett Rumford played some forgettable shots during his final few holes at the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea yesterday, but it was his approach to the first playoff hole that will be remembered for many years.

It would be an understatement to say that Rumford's Achilles heel is the driver. His driving accuracy has always floated just above 50% but manages to stay in tournaments thanks to a great short game.
Rumford was struggling with the driver again during the final round of the Ballantine's Championship and appeared to hit himself out of the tournament on the 17th hole. With a two shot lead, Rumford found the trees on the left and was forced to take a penalty drop finishing the hole with double bogey.

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Every shot from Adam Scott’s Masters final round: video supercut

Anyone else got a bad case of Adam Scott and The Masters withdrawal? This should help.
We’ve consciously tried to post a bit of “non-Adam Scott” golf news here at Aussie Golfer this week in the wake of Masters overload last week.
It wasn’t really overload though was it? We’re still riding this high and the fasting was only going to last so long. 

Here is a cool compilation of every shot (that was broadcast) that Adam Scott played in his final round of the Masters.

Alligators speed up play at Zurich Classic: video

As Nick Faldo says, a nice incentive to play a little faster.

What makes six golfers play 96 holes of golf in three days?

Aussie Golfer penned a piece for Golf Industry Central’s latest magazine.

And speaking of Barnbougle Dunes, I penned a piece for the latest issue of Golf Industry Central magazine which you can read below. 
The issue focuses on education in the golf industry. My piece is on pages 18 and 19 and looks at what makes six regular golfers get inspired enough to go and play 96 holes of golf in just three days.

Barnbougle features on ABC’s Landline TV program

ABC’s Landline TV program traces the beginnings of Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm golf courses.

Last Sunday’s episode of Landline featured Richard Sattler, the course owner of Barnbougle Dunes. It provides a great insight into the history of the golf course and Sattler’s unique involvement.
Barnbougle piece starts about 37 minutes in.

Golf Australia announce new 5-stroke anchor for Australian handicapping

Golf Australia apply another small tweak to Australian golf handicapping.

After a crazy few weeks with Adam Scott winning the Masters, we're slowly coming back to earth here at Aussie Golfer and catching up on a few of the things we missed last week.

We brought you the new Life is Greener golf show earlier today but also announced a last week was the news from Golf Australia that the current Australian handicapping system is to be getting a little tweak with the anchor shifting  from four to five strokes, coming into effect on May 14, 2013.

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Life is Greener; new Australian golf show: video

New golf show features ‘eye-cam’ on Channel Nine.
The first episode of a new golf show was broadcasted on Channel Nine recently, and if you missed it you can check out “Life is Greener” below.
Golf commentator and former Australian professional golfer Grant Dodd hosts Life is Greener and features a bunch of cool stuff including a skills competition with a few players from the Geelong Cats, a nice wrap of  the Victorian Open and look at the unique “eye-cam” that shows professional golf from the players perspective.
The first episode also gives a great insight into Brad Hughes’ week at the Victorian Open that may alter any glamorous thoughts you had about playing professional golf.

Steve Williams chats about The Masters, and that putt

Steve Williams chats to NZ TV about The Masters.
Steve Williams, caddy for Adam Scott has proved a little elusive since Scott’s remarkable Masters victory.
Williams has now been on the bag for 14 major wins, 13 with Tiger Woods and one with Adam Scott. He was also on the bag when Raymond Floyd lost a playoff at 1990 Masters to Nick Faldo.
Williams shunned the spotlight following the dramatic victory. He agreed to an interview on Triple M radio earlier this week but New Zealand’s 3News caught up with him as he arrived back home.

Williams reveals that Adam Scott will definitely be the last golfer he caddies for and will be looking to cut back on his full time commitments at the end of 2014.

Check out the full 15 minute video interview. Williams sounds positively jolly which from what I heard can be rare.

Scott hits American talk shows; reveals he’s off the market: video

Like most Masters champions, Scott will no doubt be on a range of American talk shows. I’m expecting Scott to appear on Letterman at some point this week.
Here is Scott on the CBS morning show. He broke a few hearts by letting slip he is not single, he’s currently dating a Swedish interior designer.
Anyone lined him up for an Australian talk show yet?

10 things we learned from the 2013 Masters

Adam Scott's historic Masters victory taught us a few things.

1. Adam Scott is a genuine golfing superstar
A lot of people questioned whether Scott could bounce back from the heartbreak at Royal Lytham at last year's Open Championship and he proved to everyone, and himself that he could.
He must have had thoughts of his final four hole capitulation in the back of his mind on Sunday but we didn't see any sign of it.
Scott was often listed as one of the best golfer's never to win a major. He no longer appears on that list.

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Even Karrie Webb went nuts as Adam Scott won The Masters: photo

American golfer Meg Mallon tweeted this photo soon after Adam Scott won The Masters.

Yes, that’s none other seven time major winner and possibly Australia’s greatest ever golfer Karrie Webb jumping around as Scotty made the putt.

Tip o’ the hat to PGA of Australia’s Tweet of the Week for noticing this one.

2013 Masters: A selection of the best golf writing on Adam Scott’s victory

Some of the best pieces written from around the world on Adam Scott history making Masters victory yesterday.
A great piece from Doug Ferguson with a few great insights on Scott's final putt and Greg Norman's reaction to the Sunday drama.
Norman was so nervous watching TV that he went to the gym when the final group made the turn. He headed home for the last four holes — Day, Scott and Marc Leishman all had a chance to win — and was texting with friends as his emotions shifted with every putt.
Richard Hinds' piece "A day when a nice guy finished first" is definitely worth a read. Like most of Hinds's stuff.
Scott was signing his card – and maybe wondering whether to have it framed – when Cabrera, who looks more like a plumber than an elite sportsman, knocked his approach to the 18th hole within a metre. 
Scott looked at the screen, and shrugged. Surely, in that moment, the thoughts of Australia's dark Augusta history loomed large in his mind. Let alone his own British Open travails.

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Adam Scott’s high school year book photo and quote

A snippet from Adam Scott’s high school year book has been doing the rounds on the internet. 

Adam Scott attended Kooralbyn International School for his final three years of schooling and looked to have a pretty clear career path mapped out if his high school year book was anything to go by.
Love that final comment: “If all else fails, birdie the last”.
Scott has jumped to number three in the world golf rankings, equalling his highest ever position. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods occupy the top two positions.

2013 Masters: Our favourite final round tweets

The best from the twittersphere during the final round of the Masters.

There were tweets flying thick and fast during (and after) the final round of the 2013 Masters. Here are some of our favourites.

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2013 Masters: Another Adam Scott interview

This time ESPN interviews Adam Scott with a green jacket on.

2013 Masters: Final round wrap video

FoxSports and the great Brenton Speed wrap up the final round of the 2013 Masters.

2013 Masters: Adam Scott post-round interview video

Courtesy of FoxSports comes this great wrap of Adam Scott’s post-round interview after victory at The Masters.

And how good is this. Adam Scott speaking ahead of the 2002 Masters.

Adam Scott becomes first Australian to win The Masters

Adam Scott breaks a string of ducks for Australians at the Masters by beating Angel "The Duck" Cabrera at second playoff hole.

The golf gods convene annually to watch and control the final round of The Masters. They have an uncanny knack of writing a good script with more twists and turns than an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.
They've provided us with some much loved heroes, victorious bad guys and a smattering of underdog winners such as Bubba Watson, Mike Weir and lest we Aussies forget, Larry Mize.
Gods only know why, but they've often chosen an Australian as the fall guy for what I can only describe as a series of macabre stories and not some of their best work.
But today, the gods changed their formula.

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Poll: Who is Australia’s best chance of winning The Masters tomorrow?

Quick poll! Give us your opinion on which Aussie is our best chance to win The Masters tomorrow.