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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 169
SNEDEKER DOWN UNDER AMERICAN Brandt Snedeker is the first in a series of marquee names who have committed to play the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The world No. 30 will make his only Australian appearance during the Australian summer of golf from December 3 to 6. It will be his first appearance on the PGA Tour of Australasia since the 2007 Australian Open. Snedeker was due to play the 2013 Australian PGA but a Segway accident forced him to withdraw. “I’m excited to finally get to the Gold Coast in December, I have always enjoyed playing golf down under, it’s a pretty spot and the fans are always so welcoming,” Snedeker said. “I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to make the trip in 2013 but I will be steering clear of Segways so that I can give winning the title my best shot.” MORE> ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _____ Golf, the LPGA Tour of Japan, the Korean LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour – and will be played at Miyoshi Country Club in Nagoya, Japan. The players for each team will be based on the official Rolex Women’s World rankings. MORE> __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ___ LAIRD CLAIMS FUTURES IN EXTRA TIME VICTORIA’S Ryan Laird has won the 2015 PGA National Futures Championship after a dramatic four-hole sudden death playoff. Laird, from the Peninsula Kingswood Country Club, finished tied with Englishman Jack Harrison and fellow Victorian Deyen Lawson at the Ballarat Golf Club. Lawson, the 54-hole leader, led by four strokes at one stage during the final round but he could not hold off the advancing Laird and Harrison. Lawson dipped out of the play-off at the second hole, and the Brit appeared to have the upper hand two holes later as he faced a birdie opportunity and Laird needed to hole a par putt from 10 feet. Laird holed his putt under immense pressure and Harrison, the Great Britain and Ireland Trainee Champion, unfortunately three-putted to give the local the win. Laird collected the $10,000 winner’s cheque as well as an invitation to the 2016 Australian PGA Championship. __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ___ AUSSIES ADVANCE Three Australian women have advanced to the final stage of the LPGA Q-School Tournament. NSW OPEN’S FUTURE ASSURED The NSW Government has stepped in to secure the long term future of the New South Wales Open by pledging to grow the championship through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. As a result of the partnership with Golf NSW, the championship will call the Greater Western Sydney area home for the next four years. The NSW Open provides a great boost to the Western Sydney economy, with the 2015 event, to be held at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, expected to contribute nearly $1.4 million in visitor expenditure. MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ HETHERINGTON NAMED CAPTAIN ALPG legend and eight-time LPGA winner Rachel Hetherington will captain the ALPG team at an exciting new match-play teams event – The Queens Cup presented by Kowa – in Japan in December. The tournament involves teams of nine players representing four of the major women’s golf tours – the Australian Ladies Professional NSW’s Rebecca Artis and Victorian pair Breanna Elliott and Su Oh will all tee up in the final stage after qualifying through the second stage. Artis and Elliott both finished tied for 28th at nine over, while Oh birdied her final hole to get back inside the top-80 moving onto final stage. The second stage qualifying winner was 17-year-old amateur Nelly Korda, the younger sister LPGA Tour player Jessica. The final stage of Q-School will be played at LPGA International in Florida from December 2 to 6. ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ____ JAPAN WINS NOMURA CUP JAPAN has edged out Chinese Taipei on a countback to win the Asia-Pacific Golf Team Championship for the first time in 26 years. The Japanese team claimed the 27th edition of the Nomura Cup at Yas Links Abu Dhabi after finishing tied with Chinese Taipei on 842, 22-under, in the 72-hole strokeplay event where the best three scores from the four-man teams counted each day. A countback, using the final round score of the fourth player on each team was used to split the result and Japan’s fourth player, Toshiki Ishitoku, had a 75, which was good enough for the Japanese to claim the win. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the
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