A collection of articles that have been featured in publications around the world. Included are items of general golf interest, tournament coverage, player profiles and occasionally, a bit of history.


Has Tiger Woods' 18-major dream finally been put to bed?


Tiger Woods enroute to missing the cut at the 2015 U.S. Open. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media.






























Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf in 2017 was cut short not long after it started, after being forced to withdraw issues during the Dubai Desert Classic. 

Sadly, Woods will once again miss The Masters Tournament and there is no immediate prognosis for a return.

Has this latest setback finally extinguished his lifelong dream of catching Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships?  

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2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf 


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The Australian team of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman will be attempting to defend the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf title, won just a postcode or two away at Royal Melbourne in 2013, at Melbourne's Kingston Heath Golf Club in November.

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The Andaman & Els Club Teluk Datai - Langkawi, Malaysia


The hauntingly beautiful Els Club Teluk Datai course carved from ancient rainforests in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo: Troon Golf.















Golfplus Media had the distinct pleasure of visiting the gorgeous The Andaman Resort on the north coast of Langkawi, Malaysia coupled with a round at the nearby Els Club Teluk Datai - which has recently been ranked in the 'World's Top 100 Golf Courses' by Golf Digest.

If you subscribe to the concept of a bucket list in life, add them now and you'll be nothing short of overwhelmed by your experiences at both these magnificent destinations.

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DJ breaks his duck at Oakmont.


2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson - Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media










A career littered with near misses at the majors was finally put right after Dustin Johnson's dominant performance at Oakmont delivered a U.S. Open title and his first major championship victory. 

He didn't get it all his own way however with controversy pervading the air after he was penalised for being adjudged to have caused his ball to move on the green early in the final round. 

Thankfully, it made no difference to the end result.

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Women in Golf


Prue Henschke. Photo: Dragan Radocaj.

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A feature showcasing some high profile women (Prue Henschke from Henschke Cellars, champion netballer Sharelle McMahon and the Nine Network's Sam Squiers) from diverse walks of Australian life, all of whom share a common passion for the game and it's growth.

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Jason Day - on top of the world!!

Jason Day - 2015 U.S. PGA champion. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media























After more close calls than most, Jason Day finally broke through to win the major title he desperately craved and so richly deserved at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Day took all before him including Jordan Spieth, his playing partner on Sunday and on so many other gigantic stages over the course of the year. Set an all-time score to par record in major championship history to boot!

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Zach Johnson claims Open Championship at St Andrews.

Zach Johnson Credit: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media























American Zach Johnson elevated his career to another level with a spirited playoff victory at the 2016 Open Championship at the 'Home of Golf' in St Andrews. 

The weather didn't play it's part during the week but the golf in the final round was stunning, with Johnson eventually prevailing over Australian Marc Leishman and South African Louis Oosthuizen in a four-hole playoff to take out his second major title.     

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Chambers Bay anyone?


A panorama of Chambers Bay and the stunning Puget Sound backdrop. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media












Chambers Bay evoked a full gammut of views and emotions during the staging of the 2015 U.S. Open, with controversy arising over course conditions, patchy fescue green surfaces and the difficulty experienced by spectators (trust us on this one!) walking a vast site with severe elevations.

You'd think this would be the first and last but, I wouldn't speak too soon. Thousands of fans from the Pacific Northwest were spectacular in their support of the first Open to grace these parts. They deserve to see it back again.       

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Chambers Bay delivers multiple Major winner in Spieth.


Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. Image: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media























Jordan Spieth was crowned 2015 U.S. Open champion in an incredibly emotive, exciting and at times controversial week in the Pacific Northwest at Chambers Bay. Spieth duelled with Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and an ailing Jason Day down the stretch to win his second successive major in one of the championship's most exciting final round finishes. 

Golfplus Media attended the championship, took in all that was happening on and off course at Chambers Bay and in the Seattle area. A week we'll never forget and a sample of articles leading up to and following the championship are attached.
 

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Spieth sets the record straight at 2015 Masters  


Jordan Spieth with caddie Michael Greller. Image: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

















It was this walk down the stretch at the 2014 Emirates Australian Open that set Texan Jordan Spieth on his march into immortality in 2015.  A runner-up in 2014, Spieth set and tied 54 and 72-hole records in clinching the 2015 Masters for his first major championship - and it didn't stop there as his year unfolded.   

A selection Masters 2015 preview and tournament wrap articles are attached.

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The Shark turns 60.


Greg Norman at the 2011 Presidents Cup - Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media





















Australia's most prolific golfer from the 70s - 90s has reached a major milestone in life - turning 60 years of age on February 10th.

We might not see much of Greg Norman inside the ropes any more, or perhaps ever again, but The Shark is still kicking goals as ever, in life and business. Happy birthday Greg.

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Emirates Australian Open 2014

 

Action from the 2014 Emirates Australian Open. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

  

One of the great final rounds (63) in Australian Open history by Jordan Spieth was the icing on the cake of a highly successful championship for Golf Australia. Superb crowds and record TV audiences turned up and tuned in to the fortunes of a strong field, headed by Spieth, Adam Scott and defending champion Rory McIlroy, around a dramatic venue in The Australian Golf Club.

The latest Nicklaus redesign of The Australian was also a winner and we'll do it all again in 2015 with the championship to return to the Sydney club again this year. Lets hope all of the above will be back too!

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Congratulations: Rory McIlroy - on an imperious 2014 Season

 

Rory McIlroy    Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

 

A winless 2013 was salvaged by a thrilling victory in the Australian Open, setting up the most  outstanding year of Rory McIlroy's career in 2014 - and he's already had plenty of those in his 25 years. 

Four wins including two majors championships, a World Golf Championship victory, another Ryder Cup win for Europe and an 'undisputed' return to the number one ranking and player in the world - 2014 couldn't get much better for the Northern Irishman. 

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Perth International preview - 2014

Australian Geoff Ogilvy, one of the drawcards at the 2014 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia's richest event and the last chance to avoid a return to 'Q School' for European Tour members. Also a great chance for a career boost too, as Jin 'Doorbell' Jeong demonstrated by winning in 2013.

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U.S. Open double at a classic of American golf.

 

 United States Open Championship trophy (Men's). Credit: USGA

The USGA's decision to take the men's and women's U.S. Opens to storied Pinehurst No.2 over back-to-back weeks guaranteed a feast of golf over the recently restored Donald Ross layout in North Carolina.

The innovation was not without it's critics in the leadup, nor were the unique course preparations, which were to be unlike anything golf fans and competitors had witnessed at a U.S. Open in the modern era.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bubba backs up for Green Jacket No.2

 

Masters champion Bubba Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubba Watson dominated on the final day to claim his second Masters title in three years in April.

His first win was tinged with a touch of the dramatic, remembering the hooked wedge from deep in the trees to set up a sudden death playoff win against Louis Oosthuizen, but the 2014 version was a lot more clinical - even for Bubba!

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Peter Bessey - (Further) Proof that Golf & Wine DO mix!

 

Peter Bessey (right) hosting guests Dave Konecny (Manteca, Ca) and Paul Primmer (Wollongong, NSW) at Fine Wine Merchant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Golfplus Media spent a few enjoyable days in the company of Peter Bessey - co-owner of FIne Wine Merchant in Mt Eliza, Vic and Business Manager at Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead Course Design - during World Cup of Golf week in Melbourne.

It's difficult to imagine there could be another of his ilk roaming the planet that knows more about the wines of the world and how to hit a controlled 'fade to slice'  than Bessey. Great fun, great knowledge, a great wine store......please read on!

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Great Plaques of Golf

The Greg Norman plaque, 5th fairway, The Australian GC, Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dotted around the fairways of some of the finest golf clubs of the world are memorials to some of the great strokes played at the most critical junctures in major champtionship and professional events - the great Plaques of Golf.

From the famous Hogan Plaque on the 18th fairway at this year's U.S. Open venue at Merion to the more obscure, golf has a unique way of commemorating it's history.

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The Fanatics - Ready to prowl at Muirfield Village

The Fanatics at Royal Melbourne 2011. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aussie-based cheer squad 'The Fanatics' were a huge hit in their inaugural Presidents Cup appearance at Royal Melbourne in 2011. Now they're gearing up for a repeat performance at Muirfield Village.

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Justin Rose - 2013 U.S. Open champion

 

Justin Rose, December '12. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Merion bruised the egos of the world's best in June with Justin Rose standing tallest of all, winning his first major and England's first US Open in 43 years.

The first two majors of 2013 have been won by two great ball strikers in Adam Scott and Rose, two 32-year olds, both great mates, both first-time major winners who brought their respective countries to a stand still in their moments of triumph.

'Congratulations Rosey!'

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The Resurrection of Merion - 2013 U.S. Open

 

The famous wicker baskets of Merion. Credit: USGAThe century-old Merion (East Course) Golf Club  hosts the 113th U.S. Open in June in what is being referred to the USGA as a 'boutique' Open and an exciting return to one of the classic golf courses in America.

 The golf course has hosted more USGA championships than any other and has feted champions like Jones, Dutra, Hogan, Trevino and Graham in a storied history.

 

However, an Open has not been staged at Merion since 1981 when Australia's David Graham won with a score of seven-under par 273. The road back to a 5th Open has not been easy but for a club with championships 'in it's DNA', no stone has been left unturned in arriving at this moment. 

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'Aussie Rules' - Adam Scott wins The Masters

 

Adam Scott at the 2012 Australian Open. Photo: Mark WilsonIt took a few weeks but the pulse of Australia's golf fanatics has returned to normal after Adam Scott's breakthrough win at The Masters, in a playoff over a brave Angel Cabrera.

Breakthrough, in terms of his first Major win of hopefully many and Australia's first green jacket after many decades of heartbreak.

 

 

Please enjoy some of the articles published following The Masters. It was one of the greatest tournaments to watch and have the pleasure to write about in a lifetime.   

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Was this Tom Watson's last stand in Australia?

 

Tom Watson.  Photo: Mark WilsonAt age 63, Tom Watson was a headline act in last year's Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. 

Watson won the 1984 Australian Open in a duel with Bob Stanton at Royal Melbourne but has not played often or very recently in Australia. This could have been the last chance to see him play so it was an opportunity not to be missed.

Tagging along with the five-time British Open champion and soon-to-be announced 2014 United States Ryder Cup captain for five days in Sydney, including the pro-am, Watson provided us with a window into the swing and style that have made him one of the greats of the game for over four decades.

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'Scrapper' Simpson shows his mettle.

 

 Simpson at the 2011 Presidents Cup Opening Ceremony - Mark WilsonReigning U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson may look the boyish nice guy on the outside but he's a fighter and a winner, as his opening round of the year at Kapalua showed us - despite the round being cancelled before he finished!!

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Who will win the Majors in 2013?

 

Adam Scott    Photo: Mark WilsonAnother fascinating season has begun with a deep talent pool of players desperate to put their noses in front of the pack.

Can Adam Scott bounce back from the disappointment of Lytham to win his 1st Major in 2013? Will Rory McIlroy continue to stamp his dominance over the world of golf with more victories? Can Tiger edge one step closer to Jack's record?

Will we see more first time Major champions like Dustin Johnson or Luke Donald?

Everyone will have an opinion and their fingers crossed for their favourite players. 

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Maria Verchenova back on course - with a baby on tow.

 

Maria with baby, MariaAn injury layoff in 2010 has had a silver lining for Russia's first Tour Pro Maria Verchenova, meeting and marrying her husband Valery and together, welcoming baby Maria to the family in September.

Maria has quickly bounced back into shape and returned to the Ladies European Tour in Dubai in December 2012...making the cut! 

 

 

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British Open & US PGA Wraps

 

PGA Champion, Rory McIlroyThe final two Majors of 2012 were captured by two marquee winners in South African Ernie Els and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Australian hearts were broken at Lytham with Adam Scott's unfortunate finish but he bounced back with a strong showing at Kiawah. McIlroy however, was untouchable on the final day and stunned us all again with his subliminal skills in another 8 shot romp for a 2nd Major title.

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Presidents Cup aftermath - How the 2011 players have fared in 2012.

Presidents Cup partners in 2011, we all know what happened at Lytham. Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media..The US and International team members from Royal Melbourne have had contrasting seasons in 2012 with US players dominating - until the British Open at Lytham where Adam Scott's faltering finish allowed Ernie Els in for his 2nd Open and 4th career Major.

This article appeared in publications before and after the Open was concluded.


 

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British Open preview - Memories of Seve to inspire at Lytham.

Clarke with the Claret Jug
Darren Clarke defends his Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes this month, the site of two of Seve Ballesteros' Open wins including the famous 'carpark shot' in 1979. Will the 1st time Major winners streak continue on the Lancashire coast?



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U.S. Open 'That's more like it'

Photo: USGA.
Webb Simpson extended the Major streak by Americans to three with a one shot win at Olympic. The Olympic Club and USGA can also lay claim to having 'won', with a memorable setting and tough test of golf ensuring a captivating Championship and a platform for a host of new, one might even say 'unknown', names to show us their wares. 


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Olympic - Champions Burial Ground.

17th green at Olympic. Photo: USGA

A preview of the Olympic Club, the recent course renovations and of course, the magical touch applied by the USGA!

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Which Underdog will win at Olympic?

US Open trophy. Photo: USGA

A graveyard for favourites in 4 previous Opens, who will win the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco? Will it be one of the favoured like a Donald, Woods or McIlroy or will the 'curse' continue?

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The Life and Times of Steve Rintoul - PGA Tour Rules Official

30/5/12

Rintoul and wife Jill on a rare return to Australia, at last year's Presidents Cup

Steve Rintoul has come a long way from Mollymook, NSW - to the PGA Tour and now, as a veteran Rules Official on Tour. Golfplus Media spoke with Steve shortly after he officiated at this year's Masters.

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Bubba Watson 'The Seve of our Time'


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Bubba Watson's idiosyncratic swing and approach to the game, highlighted by his length and imaginative shotmaking, is a modern day example of the late, great Seve Ballesteros.
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Presidents Cup wrap 

Tiger in his match with Aaron Baddeley on the final day Photo: Mark Wilson, Golfplus Media.  Royal Melbourne put on a show as the best in the world did battle for the Presidents Cup. The only thing missing, certainly from The Internationals' perspective, was a win!

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Maria Verchenova

March 2011

Maria playing at Royal Pines in 2011. Photo: ALPGRussia's Maria Verchenova is the first person, male or female, from her country to win a card to play a professional tour. Caddying for her at the 2011 ANZ Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast, I learned about her rise to the Ladies European Tour from a background that was hardly conducive to achieving excellence in golf.

STOP PRESS: Maria and her husband are expecting their first child in September 2012.

 

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Maha Sinnathamby 'Springfield Dream' 

 

Maha Sinnathamby

4/8/12
The fascinating story of a man on a mission, from the early days battling Government bureaucracy to allow him to turn his dream into a  reality, the Master Planned City of Springfield, which today is home to the Brookwater Golf & Country Club and over 20,000 residents.

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Azahara Munoz - 'Star on the Rise'

7/3/11
Spain's LPGA 'Rookie of the Year' for 2010 spoke to me at the beginning of the 2011 season, 9 months before making her debut appearance in Europe's winning Solheim Cup team in Ireland.


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