While the stunning Alpine backdrop remains unchanged, a slew of “substantial changes” have taken place to the fairways and greens… and bunkers and lakes… of the Evian Resort Golf Club Course.
Work started a year ago and continued through Spring to ensure that the much-loved course would meet major championship standards. That meant changes to all 18 holes with some rebuilt entirely. The video below is your ultra-condensed version of the 9 month construction project.
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.
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.
The youngest ever player to make The Masters field was penalised a stroke for slow play.
Tianlang Guan has become the youngest player in history to make the cut at The Masters, but it didn’t come without some controversy.
Guan struggled like most players during his second round of The Masters and had trouble with club selection on many shots. But Guan was put on the shot clock by tournament official john Paramour and given a warning for slow play on the 10th green. He was then again given warnings on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes before he was penalised a shot after he had played the 17th hole. Suddenly his par became a bogey and Guan looked in danger of missing the cut.
Guan signed off for a 3-over par 75 and sat in the club house at 4-over for the tournament. With the cut set at 10 shots from the leader and with Jason Day at 6-under par, Guan had a nervous wait to see if he had made the cut, and history.
Day signed off at 6-under for the tournament and Guan (along with other players at 4-over including last year’s winner Bubba Watson) breathed a sigh of relief. The very composed Guan said after the round he respected the officials decision.
There was plenty of discussion among golf experts and fans surrounding the penalty. Not so much as to whether the decision was correct or not, but whether the kid was made an example of by tournament officials when regular Tour players often play just as slowly every week.
The traditional Par 3 Contest played the day before The Masters often features family members of the players on the bag. It’s a bit of fun before the real stuff starts tomorrow but not necessarily something the golfers take too seriously.
World number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki carried the bag for boyfriend Rory McIlroy this morning and was encouraged to take a shot.
The Par 3 Contest appears to have a slight curse to it. No golfer who has won the event has ever gone on to win The Masters in the same year. This year Ted Potter Jr won the event so strike him off your list potential green jacket winners.
Greg Chalmers finished on a high at the Velero Texas Open this week making this hole-in-one at the 16th hole (his seventh this morning) at TPC San Antonio.
The hole is well known for the bunker placed in the middle of the green. On this occasion the hole was placed just back and left of the bunker that Chalmers managed to find with a perfectly executed six-iron.
Chalmers finished the day with a 4-under par 68 and in a tie for 37th place for a tournament. Chalmers had missed the cut in his previous two tournaments so let’s hope Snake has his mojo back and can build on what was a reasonable start to the year.
Bubba Watson surprises members by turning up to play and work at their local golf club.
Bubba Watson comes across great in this video and his prowess with the right handed set of clubs is amazing.
Bubba is certainly getting out and about this year. In between designing golf hovercraft and working at local golf courses, it’s a wonder he has any time to practice in order to defend his green jacket. By the looks of it, he could play with a set of right handed clubs and still win.
The game has a whole host of new features including might golf, historic courses, legendary golfers and an LPGA career mode.
If you watch the video carefully, you may just see me in there somewhere representing Inside Golf at the launch event. A great night out and let me tell you, Benji Marshall can seriously hit a golf ball.