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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 153
TRUMP CAUSES A STIR GOLF organisations are distancing themselves from besieged billionaire Donald Trump after he made offensive comments about Mexican immigrants as part of his US presidential campaign announcement. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA of America and USGA issued a joint statement after Trump said the golf industry “know I’m right” about Mexican immigrants bringing drugs and crime into the USA, as well as some being rapists. “In response to Mr Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organisations,” the joint statement said. “Mr Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment "The car is American history, so why not the American flag on it?” Watson said. “The show is a great show. It was what me and my dad watched. There was no racism in the show, but the flag offends people, so I thought for sure that was what we should do is to take it off. Remove it, hide it, whatever you want to call it. And make sure nobody is offended by it.” ________________________________ GOOSEN'S OPEN BID REVIVED RETIEF Goosen is doing things the hard way, but he’ll line up for his second major in a row after qualifying for the Open Championship. The two-time major champion reached the US Open through sectional qualifying but failed to turn it into a weekend showing. He’ll have another chance next week after winning a qualifying spot in the field at St Andrews. And he’ll have the advantage of having already performed well at the famed course, with his 36-hole qualifying tournament being played on those hallowed fairways. ________________________________ RAFA'S UNLIKELY MAJOR GAIN RAFA Cabrera-Bello [pictured top right] is also St Andrews bound after playing one of this year’s most chaotic rounds at the French Open. Cabrera-Bello looked well and truly shot after going out in 40 on Sunday, including a double bogey and a triple bogey, but became a different player on the back to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.” ________________________________ BUBBA GOES PC ON GENERAL LEE WHILE Trump was busy offending people, Bubba Watson was quite literally painting over US entertainment history to ensure no one is offended. Watson owns the General Lee - the 1969 Dodge Charger that featured in the classic TV series The Dukes of Hazzard – which has a Confederate battle flag painted on the roof. The flag was displayed in photos of the suspected gunman who killed nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, prompting Watson and other organisations to question what it represents. The two-time Masters champion decided to paint over the flag, and his General Lee will now feature an American flag on the roof. nine, storming home with two eagles and a birdie among his 29 shots. His final-round 69 saw him finish in third place, and earn a spot at the Open Championship as one of the top three players who weren’t already qualified. ________________________________ PUTTING ON THE WEDGE ROBERT Streb proved proficiency with the flat blade isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, after breaking his putter and being forced to ride his sand wedge all the way into the playoff at the Greenbrier Classic. How good was he? To put Streb’s Sunday performance into perspective, he was solid – if unspectacular – with his putter over the first three rounds. In the final round he was 12th for strokes gained through putting. He broke his putter after flinging it at his bag at the ninth hole, then used his wedge to make a 26-foot birdie putt at the 13th, another birdie at the 16th and another to secure a playoff spot at the final hole. TRAPS AROUND the From the name that’s always delivered distance through speed, comes the first fairway woods we’ve ever made with driver-like launch conditons. The name says it all. TaylorMadeGolf.com.au © 2015 Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. #1 Fairway in Golf claim based on combined 2014 wins and usage on the PGA, European,Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions and LPGA Tours, as reported by the Darrell Survey Co. and Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc.
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