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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 220
www.yarrayarra.com.au In Tom Doak’s ‘Confidential Guide’, a review of the architecture of the best courses in the world, the four par 3s at Yarra Yarra are rated seventh (the only course in this category in the Southern Hemisphere). The 11th hole, described by Peter Thomson as a ‘national treasure’, is invariably in the experts’ collections of the best 18 holes in Australia. 9. BILLY Bolger achieved two great feats when he triumphed at the 1934 Australian Open at Royal Sydney. First, he defeated Gene Sarazen by three shots just months before the American struck the Masters' most famous shot in April. (Sarazen was so impressed he gave £50 towards Bolger’s American campaign the next year.) Second, Bolger set a record with his 283 total as no other national championship had been claimed with a 72-hole total that low. 7. WEARING a jacket as he strode the Royal Sydney fairways, Bondi’s Charles Campbell sealed the 1922 Australian Open by four strokes. For good measure, Campbell claimed the Australian PGA Championship 1-up in the 36-hole final at the same venue. A larger-than-life character, Campbell set numerous course records and taught the game while working in various professional positions in Queensland and New South Wales. He was a founding member of the PGA of Australia. 8. THAT Fred Popplewell would claim the 1928 Australian Open at Royal Sydney seemed to be in the then-41-year-old’s destiny. Yes, he’d taken out the championship three years earlier, but he studied and learned the game as an assistant to Royal Sydney professional Carnegie Clark and eventually succeeded Clark after a long stint as Newcastle Golf Club’s professional. A gifted player with a balky putting stroke, Popplewell first played in the Open as a 17-year-old in 1904, winning in 1925 and again at Royal Sydney in 1928 by a one-stroke margin. 6. REBOUNDING from a third-round 78, Bruce Crampton took the 1956 Australian Open at Royal Sydney on the strength of a final round that required 10 fewer swings. Australian golf’s ‘Iron Man’, Crampton edged Kel Nagle by two shots after Nagle closed with a 76. Crampton, who won our Open on just that one occasion, is known for one fortunate and two not-so fortunate occurrences in his life. He was the first Australian golfer to tally more than $1 million in prizemoney playing in America, but along the way he finished runner-up in majors four times – and to Jack Nicklaus on each occasion. Crampton possessed a seriousness that was often perceived as irritability; later revealing he suffered from depression well before the mental illness lost its stigma.
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