Tag Archives: Royal Melbourne

Nov
24
2013
An emotional Jason Day and his mother Dening

An emotional Jason Day and his mother Dening (photo via @kleinyheraldsun)

Jason Day captured the most significant win of his career, posting ten-under total to secure the individual title at the World Cup of Golf, along with the team honors for Australia with partner Adam Scott.

Choked with emotion, Day hugged his mother Dening, and his sisters, Kim and Yanna, on the 18th green at Royal Melbourne on Sunday. Just over a week ago, Dening, who immigrated to Australia from the Philippines thirty years ago, got official word that she had lost eight family members, including her mother (Jason’s grandmother) in Typhoon Haiyan.

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Nov
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Australian Tour
The Kiss

The Kiss

It wasn’t the prettiest finish in the world, but Adam Scott, who just won last week’s Australian PGA, will take the win as he successfully defended his title at the Australian Masters. Scott led the field by five late in the front nine, but managed to let a sizzling Matt Kuchar get ahead of him by a stroke.

Scott made a mess of the par-3 14th and posted a double-bogey. With four holes to play, Kuchar seemed to be in cruise control, two clear of Scott — not so fast!

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Nov
14
2013
Lyle on the first tee at Royal Melbourne

Lyle on the first tee at Royal Melbourne

As expected, the tears flowed down Jarrod Lyle’s face as he walked up to the first tee at Royal Melbourne to hit his opening drive at the Australian Masters. It didn’t matter where the ball went — just the fact that Lyle was present and able to play professional golf again — for the first time in 20 months — have been incredible feats in itself. 

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Feb
9
2012

Sarah Kemp: formerly "the next Karrie Webb".

It should come as little surprise, given the idiosyncrasies of Royal Melbourne’s test, that an Australian should lead the way after the opening round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Few, however, could have anticipated that it would fall to New South Wales native Sarah Kemp to lead the field into the tournament’s second day.

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Dec
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Now that's an adorable bromance!

On Thursday Tiger Woods posted his first thank-you note blog entry on his website since winning the Chevron World Challenge a few weeks ago (and more importantly, breaking his two-year victory drought). He recaps his success in Australia and says he’s hitting “quality golf shots,” etc., along with more snooze-worthy news — until he gets to talking the Presidents Cup and U.S. captain Fred Couples.

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Nov
23
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Ernie not so quick to jump on the 'Tiger is back' bandwagon

Calm down, everyone. The wise Ernie Els didn’t mean any disrespect, rather he pointed out the facts. After Tiger Woods played beautifully to beat Aaron Baddeley 4&3 in the Presidents Cup singles, many have proclaimed that Tiger is on pace to return to his pre-hydrant-era form. During Els’ presser at the South African Open, he was asked his thoughts on Tiger’s “comeback,” to which he replied:

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Nov
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

This guy looks mildly familiar, but something's missing...oh, the Nike logo on his hat...

Maybe I’m drinking the kool-aid, but perhaps Tiger Woods enjoys these team competitions more than we think. When was the last time we saw him look so genuinely happy and human while celebrating with his team and the Fanatics, the Aussie group that attends big sporting events? Heck, he even sported an Australian rally cap that he probably got from some random dude in the crowd!

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Nov
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Tiger: Thanks for believing in me, Freddie (This is seriously adorable).

USA, USA! Well, the Internationals certainly made an admirable effort, rallying early in the singles to create a much more intriguing final day. But they needed nothing short of a miracle to come back and win nine of the 12 matches to clinch the Presidents Cup for only the second time in history — the only time the Americans have lost was when the event was last held at Royal Melbourne in ’98.

I was wrong about Sunday singles being a snooze fest, so thanks to the International players for forcing the Americans to dig deep to retain the Cup. I was indeed on the edge of my seat the entire flight from Orlando to Newark. It’s late, but a few quick notes/observations (which may or may not make sense at this hour):

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Nov
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

USA: Team Spirit!

Raise your hand if you stayed awake to watch the conclusion of the Presidents Cup? Well, I did from my sickbed and caught just about all 13 hours of coverage! — I mean, if it were the Ryder Cup, that’s a different story, but I suppose there are more compelling story lines than there have been in recent history (at least in my short-lived memory) — and the Americans take command with a 13-9 lead over the Internationals.

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