The Evian Resort Golf Club Course: A Quick Look At The Transformation

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.

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”?

Alligators speed up play at Zurich Classic: video

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

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?

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.

2013 Masters: Tiger Woods hits flagstick video

One of the ‘highlights’ of the day was this remarkable pitch shot from Tiger Woods at the par-5 15th hole at Augusta.

Woods makes a fantastic bogey after a serious bout of bad luck. Woods also made bogey after three putting at the final hole today but lurks just three shots behind leader Jason Day.

14-year-old Guan hit with slow play penalty, still makes Masters cut

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.

2013 Masters: Opening round video highlights

Because it’s all about moving pictures…
Courtesy of the always thorough FoxSports here are the highlights from today’s opening round of the US Masters.

2013 Masters: Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, round 1 video interviews

Courtesy of TheTourPlayers here are the post-round interviews from the opening round of the 2013 Masters; Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Jason Day.

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Wozniacki caddies for McIlroy in Par-3 Contest: video

Wozniacki is going to stick to her day job.
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.

Rare interview with Tiger Woods at 14: video

This video was rare until it was uploaded to YouTube anyway.

Here is a fascinating interview with a 14-year-old Tiger Woods that must be watched until the end.

If you have one tournament to win, what would it be? What’s the one tournament that really captures your imagination? 

The Masters 

Why is that? 

The way the blacks have been treated there.

Chalmers makes a hole-in-one in Texas: video

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 at local golf club: video

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.

Tip o’ the hat the the Armchair Golfer for finding this one.

Benji Marshall launches new Tiger Woods video game

Stars turn up for night golf at Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 launch in Sydney.

Benji Marshall, Jarryd Hayne, Sam Burgess and X-factor host Luke Jacobz were some of the stars at the night golf launch of the new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 video game at Eastlake Golf Club in Sydney recently.

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.

Golfer gets a bad break, then a good one

PGA Tour player Shawn Stefani got a bad break on the final hole of his opening round of the Valero Texas Open this morning.

Stefani played what looked like a safe second shot to the fairway but it got a bad bounce off of a sprinkler head and ricocheted into the water hazard. 
Amazingly, the ball came to rest on top of a small ledge and Stefani was able to play the shot and eventually make par.

Golfer gets a bad break, then a good one

PGA Tour player Shawn Stefani got a bad break on the final hole of his opening round of the Valero Texas Open this morning.

Stefani played what looked like a safe second shot to the fairway but it got a bad bounce off of a sprinkler head and ricocheted into the water hazard. 
Amazingly, the ball came to rest on top of a small ledge and Stefani was able to play the shot and eventually make par.