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.

Presidents Cup retained by the U.S. but, what a great fight it was.

Tiger Woods and the victorious Americans Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

Captain Tiger Woods shed tears, his oppoent Ernie Els probably did likewise, as the United States fought back from a two-point deficnt with a day to play to win 8 of a possible 12 matches to retain the 2019 Presidents Cup at a sublime Royal Melbounrne.

The Internationals were gallant in defeat, chock full of rookies and heart in equal quantities. Do we really have to wait 2 years till the next one??

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Lowry wins in epic week for Irish Golf.

Open Champion Shane Lowry - pictured 9 months earlier representing Ireland at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media
The 2019 Open Championship returned to Northern Ireland for just the second time in history and it was amidst scenes of joy and raw emotion that Offaly's Shane Lowry emerged triumphant - an Irish winner at Royal Portrush.

A script writer's dream and the celebrations are still continuing across all of Ireland!

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'How keen are we to win this thing?'

The Presidents Cup - which three-time Cupper and one-time Captains Assistant Geoff Ogilvy admitted he'd never touched before until this moment - will be staged at Royal Melbourne in December 2019 and skipper Ernie Els is doing his utmost to bring about a cultural change to try to win the elusive trophy for just the second time. 


This piece was a shameless plug for the 2019 Internationals team to acclimatise at the Australian Open the week ahead of the Cup. Gotta take every advantage you can get!

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'Them there Rules!!'

Rickie Fowler. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media.

Extraordinary how in matter of a few weeks, from writing a Rules piece to it's publication, how the landscape can change. By end January, the cracks had appeared with the Haotong Li incident in Dubai. By mid-March, we have a list of 'issues' mounting up on the PGA TOUR alone that have become an embarrasment to the sport.

Rickie Fowler (pictured) has been one of the more high profile players caught out for dropping at waist height instead of knee, and not rectifying his error before hitting his shot. A hard enough pill to swallow but his frustration was compounded having just shanked a wedge out of bounds from the fairway. 

After seven years of preparation, many are calling for the governing bodies to urgently get back in a room to resolve and restore faith in what these amendments were intended to do - 'simplify' and speed up the game of golf.     

Anyway, for what it's worth , the world according to us as at end January....

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Cam on the Rise.

Cameron Smith - Metropolitan Golf Club - November 2018. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

For the first time in his short professional career, Cameron Smith assumed star billing at home over the 2018 Australian summer. Warming to the task at the Australian Open, he ran hot to tie second place alongside Marc Leishman at the World Cup of Golf and continued the momentum back home in Queensland by successfully defending his title in a ding-dong battle with 'Leish' at the Australian PGA.

Along the way, he demonstrated to home and distant audiences that he's ready to take his career to yet another level.

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Belgium win first World Cup of Golf title.

Thomas Detry & Pieters, WCOG champions - November 2018. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

The Belgian pairing of childhood friends Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters made it back-to-back World Cup wins for European nations with a classy display at Melbourne's Metropiltan Golf Club in November.

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Vale Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson. 2011

One of the greats and a true pioneerof the game was farewelled in a fitting celebration of his life in his hometown of Melbourne in June 2018.

RIP Mr Thomson.

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Italy's finest wins Open.

Open Champion Francesco Molinari. Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media 

Its fitting that the Carnoustie Golf Links was the stage for Italy's Francesco Molinari to claim his first major championship. The venue and the breaking of his major championship duck have both been long-time thorns in the side of the London-based Italian.  No more.

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Reed triumphs among the Georgia pines.

Masters champion Patrick Reed

Texan Patrick Reed better enjoy green because he'll be wearing it on the grounds of Augusta National for the rest of his life after a gritting one-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler at The Masters in April.

(We think he does!)

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Destination:          Hoboken, New Jersey.

Hoboken, NJ. Manhattan views from Hoboken.

Fans of Sinatra, baseball and the TV show Cake Boss will be aware of the significance of Hoboken, all one square mile of her, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.  I wonder about everyone else though?  

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New York state of mind delivers Presidents Cup to rampant Americans.

Presidents Cup

In the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, the American team dominated the Internationals from Day 1 to take an unassailable lead heading into the final day Singles matches. Nick Price's team won the final  session but the Cup stayed in American hands after a 17-11 drubbing.

Golfplus Media was in attendance during a week in which the players shared the stage not only with the NYC skyline, but four Presidents (including President Trump on Sunday), the most heavily scrutinised Asst. Captain in history (Tiger Woods) and a golf course that is $200 million in the making ... and counting!    

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PGA Championship goes to Justin Thomas.

Defending PGA Champion Jimmy Walker handed the Wanamaker Trophy to countryman Justin Thomas in North Carolina.  Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media

A month on from witnessing close friend Jordan Spieth take out his third major title at The Open Championship, Justin Thomas joined the party by taking out his first major at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

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Spieth's incredible Open Championship.

Photo: Mark Wilson - Golfplus Media, at Royal Birkdale

If there's been a better final five holes played in major championship history, we'd like to see it after witnessing Jordan Spieth's incredible display to claim his first Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in July.

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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 

Adam Scott

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.

Sam Squiers. Credit: Fullframe Photography

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&