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cover story 20 December 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Roo Beauty! In January this year, Inside Golf’s Richard Fellner and David Newbery predicted that 2014 would see Aussies dominating on the various world golf tours. Here’s how our “Year of the Roo” played out! yeaR oF tHe Roo D ESPITE going winless in the majors, it’s been a super year for Australian golfers around the world. For the record, more than 20 Aussies entered the winner’s circle including six on the toughest tour of all – the US PGA Tour. Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Geoff Ogilvy flew the Australian flag on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, Australia’s all-time great Karrie Webb reminded the next generation of stars she is still a force. She won her fifth Australian Women’s Open and picked up her 41st win on the LPGA Tour. Jason Day got the ball rolling for the Aussies as early as February when he won the Accenture Match Play Championship. Remember the epic final against Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in the Arizona desert? The Queenslander had to withstand some astounding recovery shots from Dubisson as the marathon match went to the fifth extra hole. The recoveries Dubisson made at the 19th and 20th holes left Day shaking his head. On both occasions, the Frenchman was in dry scrub, his ball covered in cactus debris but he not only got the ball out, he holed the ensuing putts. But Day remained focused, got his man and his hands on the trophy. Brilliant. In March, John Senden won the US PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship in Florida. The 42-year-old drained a 21-metre chip shot to birdie the 16th and a six-metre birdie putt at 17 en route to claiming the title. “I’m just so happy to come out on top,” he said. Then Steven Bowditch popped up and won the Texas Open – his first US PGA Tour victory. The Queenslander had a three-shot lead entering the final round, wobbled a bit but got the job done to receive an invitation to the US Masters. Matt Jones won the Shell Houston Open and with it a spot in the US Masters. The Sydneysider chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Matt Kuchar, who had a six-shot lead over Jones heading into the final round. Jones fired a final round 66 to get in the playoff. In May, Adam Scott edged Jason Dufner in a playoff to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational and retain his world number one ranking. The pair, both major winners in 2013, signed for final rounds of four-under par 66s for nine-under par 72-hole totals at Colonial. But Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, prevailed when he coolly sank a two-metre birdie putt on the third extra hole for his 11th PGA Tour triumph. In August former US Open champion, Geoff Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship to register his eighth PGA Tour title. The Victorian scored a five-point victory in the modified stableford event. It was his first win on the PGA Tour since 2010. Cameron Percy won the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship, which helped him gain his card to the lucrative US PGA Tour. The 40-year-old birdied the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over four players. It was his 131st start on the tour. Earlier in the year, Karrie Webb came from five shots back to win her fifth Women’s Australian Open at Melbourne’s Victoria Golf Club. The 39-year-old finished at 12-under par with a final round four-under par 68 to edge out Korean Chella Choi. Then 39-year-old Webb conjured one of her greatest rounds to reel in the leaders and win the JTBC LPGA Founders Cup – her 41st win on the LPGA Tour and her 53rd around the world. On the Asian Tour, Aussie Marcus Both and Scott Hend triumphed. 41-year-old Hend had to dig deep to win the Hong Kong Open, a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour. He went into a playoff with Filipino player Angelo Que, but held his nerve to birdie the first extra hole for victory. “Finally I’ve won a European Tour event,” he said. Both, meanwhile, couldn’t stop smiling after capturing the Philippine Open despite a bogey on the final hole. The 35-year-old lost his tour card last season and only got in on a sponsor’s invite. He did consider quitting the game, but changed his mind after banking $324,000. On the Korean Tour, Victorian Matthew David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org Get fit today Turn to page 87 for a complete list of fitting days this month Demo the new Ping G30 range in your area, and get a perfect custom fit with your size and your colour.
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