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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 167
MACPHERSON WINS AGAIN EVEN though he’s only been back on the PGA Tour China Series for a month, the year of Bryden Macpherson continues. The Victorian won the Lushan Open on Sunday, picking up his second Series’ title in just three weeks, which moved him to second position on the Order of Merit and has all but cemented a return to the US Web.com Tour in 2016. Macpherson, who began the final round trailing by a stroke, defeated T.K. Kim and third-round leader Sejun Yoon by two strokes. Even a 72nd-hole double bogey couldn’t slow him down. “Today was the first time since the start of the tournament that I felt good with my game. I didn’t feel like I had all of my game early in the tournament, and I managed to still score pretty well, which is important. Today I felt it,” Macpherson said following Ayres said. Golf Australia chief executive officer Stephen Pitt was delighted with the commitment from Destination NSW, with Sydney already about to host its 10th successive national championship. MORE> __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ___ NAGLE’S TROPHY HONOUR THE NSW Open Championship trophy has been renamed to honour golfing legend Kel Nagle. Nagle, the Centenary British Open Champion and winner of 81 professional tournaments, passed away earlier this year aged 94. Golf NSW fittingly made the announcement in a room named after Nagle at his home course, Pymble. “We are honoured to rename the NSW Open Trophy the Kel Nagle Cup,” Chris Allen, Chairman of Golf NSW said. MORE> __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ___ MURDACA, FELTON TURN PRO TWO of Australia’s rising young stars, Antonio Murdaca and Jarryd Felton, have turned professional. Murdaca and Felton, both 20, will make their professional debuts this week in the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Fiji International. Murdaca, from South Australia, made his announcement after finishing sixth in his defence of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong last week. “After a long and successful amateur career, I feel it’s time to make the next step,” Murdaca said. “I am ready to turn professional and start the next leg of my ongoing golf journey. I am super excited to start in Fiji and can’t his winning round, his crystal trophy tucked under his arm. MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ OPEN STAYS IN SYDNEY TO 2023 THE Emirates Australian Open will continue to call Sydney home for the next eight years, with the New South Wales Government securing the historic event in an agreement with Golf Australia. NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said the event has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. “The Australian Open is one of the most prestigious events in Australian sport, first held in 1904 and celebrating its 100th edition this November. I am pleased that the event will continue to call Sydney home,” wait to see what the future holds for me. “I’m really grateful for the combined efforts of Golf Australia, Golf South Australia, the PGA Tour of Australasia and my management team at ISM to help me get started so soon.” Murdaca has already made it through first stage qualifying for the European Tour and will return for second stage qualifying next month. Felton, from Western Australia, has represented Australia several times and had a world amateur ranking as high as No.28. ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _____ MELBOURNE IS CUP CAPITAL THE Presidents Cup and the World Cup of Golf are returning to Melbourne. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced the venue for the 2019 Presidents Cup matches would be Melbourne, while the 2016 World Cup of Golf will also be played in the Victorian capital, for the fifth time in the 58-year history of the competition. It will be the third visit for the Presidents Cup having been played at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and 2011. “The state of Victoria in Australia will serve as the host for the World Cup in 2016 and the Presidents Cup in 2019,” the commissioner said. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the IMAGE BY LIU SHUANG/ PGA TOUR CHINA SERIES
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