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2009 Australian Masters: Tiger Woods took the lead again

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Tiger Woods has proved himself as the World’s No. 1 again In the November 13, when he opened with two birdies, saved his round with two pars and wound up with a 4-under 68. He completed his world domination by taking out the Australian Masters and said he planned to return next summer – but a clause will again prevent Sydney from seeing the world’s biggest sports star.

Despite Sydney hosting the premier event on the calendar – the Australian Open – there is a contract stipulating the world No.1 can only play one event Down Under.

After holding off Australia’s Greg Chalmers to win by two shots at Kingston Health, Woods sad he enjoyed his visit so much he would love to return to Melbourne in 2010.

It is thought that IMG, which runs the Masters tournament and also manages Woods, had clauses inserted in the contract for Woods to play in only one tournament in Australia. Any return to the Australian Masters at Victoria Golf Club next year would almost certainly be the same and rule out a Sydney tournament appearance.

Australian Open organisers have Greg Norman sewn up for the next three years but would no doubt be green with envy about the success of Woods playing at the Masters.

A record six-day attendance figure of 95,027 – with each day sold out – was a staggering sight at the Melbourne course.

Woods’ $3 million appearance fee was worth every cent and he completed the script by holding off the Australian challenge to claim the yellow jacket.

Asked if he had enjoyed his time in Australia, Woods said: “Are you kidding me? It’s been absolutely phenomenal.”

Victorian Premier John Brumby said 35,000 of the tickets were sold to interstate and overseas visitors, guaranteeing a huge boost  to the state economy that he said would “very,  very comfortably surpass” estimates of $19 million.

But Sydney’s chances of seeing Tiger and enjoying such a windfall are slim given Woods’ decision to return will no doubt be tied to his deep affection for the sandbelt courses of southeast Melbourne.

Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt said he was focused on running a good Australian Open at NSW Golf Club at La Perouse from December 3-6 and could not speculate if the tournament would make a play for Woods next year.

“As you saw, he’s one of the all-time great players and any tournament would love him but it is really not a focus of ours at the moment,” Pitt said.

 

A Tiger fan shows his support whilst watching Tiger Woods of the USA on the 6th hole during the final round of the 2009 Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club on November 15, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

Common mistake young players make – if they hit the ball hard they think it will go far.

Here Comes The Masters

Monday, July 19th, 2010

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Well for a guy who is a golf fanatic, I am ready to watch some exciting golf on TV. Yes that means that Tiger is back and at least we now have someone fun to watch on weekends. Don’t get me wrong —- I know that the other Tour professionals are there for entertainment purposes as well. But let’s be realistic, Tiger Woods is what the PGA Tour needs right now. He has a tremendous talent that makes this game look so easy and is a large draw for TV ratings. So with that said, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be glued to The Masters in two weeks when it finally comes around.
From an equipment standpoint, this time of year is also very exciting. We should now have most of not all of the new products in stock. And being able to finally put these clubs in our hands is like a kid in a candy store. There are several new items out now and are drawing a lot of attention. Most everybody has already seen the new Taylor Made Burner drivers. But going out to hit one of these monsters is trully a blessing in disguise. Taylor Made has done a tremendous job with this new driver. It measures out at 46.5″ long and weight approximately 14 grams lighter than the Burner 09′ series. Yes, that is right — it is longer and lighter. And these two factors help to drive the ball a lot farther.
You have to remember that the longer the shaft is in a driver, the more clubhead speed you can generate and, the further you should be able to hit the ball. Not to mention, the club being 14 grams lighter. So you ask yourself — how does this happen? Well the best answer that I can give you is that Taylor Made is able to use advanced graphite materials that does not distract from the consistent performance from the club. And working with Winn grips to make the grip more suitable for their new products. To top it all off, this new hot stick is $50 less expensive than it’s competition. The MAP pricing now is $249 —- what a deal. Standard loft offering are available, 9.5 or 10.5 degrees,  as well as some different flex options. I hope that this information helps and should you have any questions please feel free to look at our website www.thepalmettogolfshop.com .