Aaron Baddeley - Best days to come?


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Winning a 4th PGA TOUR title 12 months ago validated all the hard work Aaron Baddeley has been doing to improve all aspects of his game and preparation.

We spoke to Aaron about his future aspirations, shortly before he and wife Richelle we due to greet their 5th child in June.    

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Jamie Sadlowski - 'I knew this would be tough'


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When former two-time World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski announced his retirement from long bombing to try his hand at professional golf, he knew his journey over the next few years would involve a steep learning curve. A month spent playing on the Australian circuit at the end of 2016 has certainly reinforced how tough it will be.


Still, the Canadian is facing the challenge with gusto and an open mind.

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Cameron Smith bursts onto the world stage at Chambers Bay


Cameron Smith at Chambers Bay 2015. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media















Cameron Smith's remarkable tie for 4th in his debut major championship appearance at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay might be viewed as a 'Cinderella Story', but the young Queenslander certainly knows how to take the opportunities that are presented to him.

He targeted the 2014 CIMB Classic in Malaysia as a chance to break onto the PGA TOUR and duly finished 5th. He entered qualifying for the Open the week before and earned his spot, and then performed like a seasoned veteran on every day to earn his full Tour card and an invitation to the 2016 Masters.

It was amazing to be at Chambers Bay to witness what will hopefully be the beginning of a long career in major championships for Cam.

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Marc Leishman.


Marc Leishman competing in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media





















Interviewed at the end of a long 2014 season when back home in coastal Warrnambool, Victoria, Leishman was enjoying putting the feet up over the festive season before giving any thought to his 2015 campaign. 

His high hopes for the season ahead were well founded as the big Victorian narrowly missed out in a playoff for The Open Championship in St Andrews before defeating world number one Jordan Spieth in Singles at the Presidents Cup in Korea a few months later.  

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LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan holds court.


Mike Whan. Credit: LPGA

Mike Whan has achieved wondrous feats for the LPGA Tour, lifting the Tour from it's knees in five short years as the Commissioner.

Growing the Tour and the game from the grassroots levels is at the heart of what drives this amiable, energetic leader who is not content for the organisation to rest on their laurels despite a superb 2014 season in the women's game.    

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Miguel Ángel Jiménez comes to town.

Jimenez tees off at the 2013 World Cup of Golf. Image: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miguel Ángel Jiménez had not visited Australia since 1992 not long after his first European Tour win but made a return to represent Spain at the 2013 World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Two weeks later, the flamboyant Spaniard was named European captain for the inaugural EurAsia Cup in 2014 before collecting his 20th European Tour title with a successful defence of the Hong Kong Open in a playoff.

This interview was conducted shortly before he made his way to Australia.

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The refreshing candour of Geoff Ogilvy.

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There is much more to Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, than his golf and impressive career record. Only Tiger Woods has won more World Golf Championships but in terms of refreshingly honest and thought provoking interviews over the years, Ogilvy is streets ahead.

I was fortunate that the doting father of three and partner in thriving golf course design company - Ogilvy Clayton - spent some time with me before starting his PGA Tour season to discuss the challenges and issues in the game, for himself and for the sport itself. The interview and his responses generated global interest after the first of the articles were published around the world.

A must-read for golfers with a serious interest in the game and it's history.

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 Ian Poulter - Europe's Ryder Cup hero reflects

Credit: IJP DesignIan Poulter was everywhere and in everything for Europe at the Ryder Cup this past September. Unbeaten in 4 matches, inspiring his team mates to heroic deeds and whipping the galleries into a frenzy. He was to Europe what the great Seve Ballesteros was a generation before - inspirational. 

Golfplus Media was very fortunate to spend some time with Ian as he went back to work, still on a high after a well earned vacation after Medinah.

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Olympic focus turns to Rio 2016 - Gil Hanse

Artist impression of the Rio 2016 golf courseGolf returns as an Olympic sport for the first time in 122 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.  With the  London Games now in the past, the clock ticks for designer Gil Hanse and his partner Amy Alcott, who were awarded the honour of designing the golf course for the Games.

In a recent interview, Hanse told me of the exciting times that lay ahead - and the pressure of world scrutiny - as the construction process commences.

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Stephen Henschke - Legendary Australian winemaker.


Stephen Henschke in the Hill of Grace vineyard. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus MediaHenschke celebrate a number of significant milestones in 2012, 50 years of the iconic 'Hill of Grace' Shiraz and the 100 year anniversary of the Mt Edelstone vineyard.  Stephen Henschke guards his family legacy with pride and speaks of the pleasure he also derives from playing golf with family and friends.

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Ross Watson - Golf Course Architect 'Maintaining the Passion'

Magenta Shores, a Watson design in central NSW

Over 30 years in the course design business has not dulled the desire and passion of Ross Watson. Watson has designed over 70 golf courses on numerous continents and shows no signs of slowing up.


 

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Bubba wins The Masters!!

Bubba Watson - 2011 Presidents Cup Opening Ceremony - Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

Bubba Watson cashed in on his prodigious talent and capacity to call on shots that most of the field can only dream of pulling off. He triumphed in style with a shot from the trees in the playoff over Louis Oosthuizen that will be relived for generations and regaled as one of the great shots in Masters history. 

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Larry Mize - Celebrates 25 years as a Masters Champion


2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Larry Mize's miracle playoff victory. Who can ever forget his stunning chip in from well off the 11th green on the 2nd playoff hole to defeat Greg Norman? I spoke with Larry as he prepared to play this year's Masters.

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Musselburgh Old Links 'The Cradle of Golf'

4th green and Mrs ForemansA small patch of ancient links land in the outskirts of Edinburgh, locked almost entirely within a racetrack. Only 9 holes but her influence on the game lives on to this day in every country where golf is played.

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Feb 2012

Karrie Webb -  'I'm not done yet'

Karrie with Paul at Brookwater, January 2012

Despite all that she has accomplished in a stellar career, the fire still burns in the belly for Queensland's Karrie Webb. Still is determined to show that she's not done as a force in World golf, re-tooling her swing and schedule in a bid to add to her 7 Major wins.

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Jose-Maria Olazabal - 'Savouring the prospects of a Ryder Cup defence' 


With the current Top 4 players in the world on his side, the Spaniard's European team to defend the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Chicago in September is assured of being a powerful lineup. However, the US team will also be formidable, as he is quick to point out.

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David Graham - Returns to Riversdale

David Graham at Riversdale GC, Nov 2011. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

It had been 30 years since David Graham last stepped inside the gates at the place where it all began for him in the game of golf: Riversdale Golf Club in Melbourne.  His return in November 2011 during the Presidents Cup was an emotional event for one of Australia's most decorated players. 

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'Royal Melbourne is Back' - Presidents Cup preview  - July 2011


5th hole, Royal Melbourne West. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus MediaThe opportunity to play at Royal Melbourne last June was evidence enough that the golf courses (East and West) had fully recovered from ravages of the drought conditions over the previous decade, while the returfing of tees, fairways and greens, under the supervision of Head Superintendent Richard Forsythe, had also been a huge success.

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