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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 158 - PGA Preview
RORY’S BACK, WILL DEFEND PGA THE most talked about left ankle in golf appears to be fully mended as world No.1 Rory McIlroy has officially entered this week’s US PGA Championship. Contrary to reports last week that suggested his participation was unlikely, McIlroy arrived at Whistling Straits last weekend and has completed multiple practice rounds ahead of his title defence. The Northern Irishman will attempt to win his third Wanamaker Trophy and become the first to successfully defend the PGA since Tiger Woods in 2007. McIlroy was unable to defend the Open Championship last month nor last week’s WGC–Bridgestone Invitational because of his injury, which he sustained kicking a soccer ball with friends a month ago. But after completing his first practice round five points before he was on board the par-5 18th green in two and rolled in a 14-footer for his third ‘big bird’ to set the clubhouse lead at 47 points. MORE> __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ VALE LOUISE SUGGS LEGENDARY LPGA founder Louise Suggs passed away last week in Florida at the age of 91. Suggs parlayed a highly decorated amateur record into one of the best professional careers in the game, capturing 11 majors amid 61 LPGA Tour victories between 1946 and 1962, placing her fourth on the all-time win list. Suggs was known for possessing a rhythmic, smooth action but also for her feistiness and no-nonsense attitude. “Golf is very much like a love affair,” she once said. “If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun. But if you do, it breaks your heart. Don’t break your heart, but flirt with the possibility.” Awards and accolades to come her way included the USGA’s Bob Jones Award and inductions into both the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame (in 1967) and World Golf Hall of Fame (in 1979). Perhaps most notable of all was Suggs’ involvement as one of 13 players who founded the LPGA Tour in 1950, forming a body to succeed the Women’s PGA. Their roles involved competing but also carrying out much of the organisational and administration work that these days is performed by a on the Straits course he declared the ankle was fine. MORE> ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ __ HENRY SURVIVES EAGLE ONSLAUGHT THREE eagles in the last six holes were not enough to propel Kyle Reifers to victory at the Barracuda Championship as the American fell to an extra-holes eagle crafted by former winner J.J. Henry. The alternate-field, modified Stableford tournament produced one of its most exciting finales when Reifers emerged from oblivion with his barrage of eagles at Montreux Golf & Country Club in north- western Nevada. Sitting on 32 points at the 13th tee of the final round and seemingly gone from contention, Reifers reached the green of the par-5 and made the putt for his first five-pointer. A pitch in from 80 metres for eagle at the par-4 next added another band of permanent employees. Today, the circuit’s Rookie of the Year Award carries her name. “It never dawned on any of us that it’d wind up like it is now,” Suggs said of the modern LPGA. “Not too many people in the world can say they helped start something that has been successful. When I look at that headquarters in Daytona Beach, when we worked out of the trunks of cars, it boggles the mind.” ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ JONES TURNS JAPANESE SOUTH Australian national coach Gareth Jones has been appointed Japan’s national coach. Jones will start the role in October and be responsible for establishing and overseeing the development of Japan’s high performance program for male and female players, which includes training, coaching and sports medicine elements. Jones will also focus on upskilling current coaches. 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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