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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
LEISHMAN FLIRTS WITH MAJOR RECORD A 62 beckoned and he knew it, yet Marc Leishman had to be content with a 64 and his best-ever round in a major in the third round of The Open. The man from Warrnambool, who shot a Sunday 65 at Hoylake last year, took advantage of the most benign conditions of the week to post an 8-under 64 on Open Sunday this time, albeit in the third round. And yes, Leishman confessed to knowing exactly how he had to finish in order to become the first man to shoot 62 in a major, or even the 27th to notch a 63. “Today the goal was to shoot a good round and get myself so I had a chance tomorrow,” he said. “Probably wasn’t quite expecting to do what I did, but really put myself in it.” Playing alongside fellow Victorian Marcus Fraser, Leishman rolled in birdies at the decision to send players out in the high winds was “an absolute disgrace” and cost him a chance of making the cut. Hend, who has wins on the European, Australasian and Asian tours, said protests to an R&A-appointed rules official that conditions were unplayable were ignored and his group was instructed to keep playing. If they stopped or walked off, they were told, they would be disqualified. MORE > __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ WEIR TO DISAPPEAR IT’S the tournament he covets most but Canadian Mike Weir [pictured] chose the week of his national open to announce an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour for personal reasons. The 2003 Masters champion will skip this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club where he lost in a playoff 11 years ago to instead “focus on my personal life and children”, he said via Twitter. Weir has custody of his two teenage daughters after he and ex-wife Bricia divorced last year. The 45-year-old has battled injuries and a loss of form for several seasons and has already used his career moneylist exemptions. He gave no timeline for a return and after making just one cut all season was on the brink of returning to the secondary Web.com Tour. MORE> 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th holes to complete the outward nine in 32. When he birdied the 10th, 11th and 13th holes to reach 7-under for the round, it seemed possible the 31-year- old could make a run at golf history. MORE > ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ __ HEND TEES OFF ON R&A SCOTT Hend is normally a placid character but he exploded in anger at the R&A’s handling of the resumption of after during the rain-delayed second round of the Open Championship. The long-hitting Queenslander missed the cut by two strokes after suffering an ill-timed double-bogey on the 8th hole in the strong winds that forced play to be suspended on Saturday morning only about 30 minutes after it recommenced. It was a fateful half hour, however, for many in the field, including Hend, who said the ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ____ CURLEWIS’ NEW DIRECTION VICTORIA’S Curlewis Golf Club has taken on new owners in a bid to continue its rise as one of the most exciting and sought-after golf destinations on the Bellarine Peninsula. Already ranked as one of Australia’s Top- 100 Courses, the club recently accepted a change in ownership after an overwhelming majority of members voted to sell to locals David and Lyndsay Sharp of Ladcom Pty Ltd – owners of Leura Park Estate, Jack Rabbit Vineyard and Flying Brick Cider Co. Taking over the reins on July 1 after the sale was unanimously endorsed by the management committee and put to members to vote at a meeting 13 days earlier, the Sharps are known for their passion and commitment to the Bellarine Peninsula community and have a proven track record of developing first-class facilities in the area. MORE> 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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