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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 226
H OW loose does a “loose impediment” have to be? When Tiger Woods found his ball behind a boulder during the 1999 event, he got a handy ruling when he asked if the rock was classified as a loose impediment and was told it was. Now all he needed was a ground of sturdy supporters to move it for him, which he quickly found, and the rock was moved to allow him to play his shot. Only for Tiger, I guess. A NDREW Magee’s hole-in-one 2001 was arguably more impressive than Tiger’s in 1997, but was so unexpected that the tournament’s TV coverage didn't capture it. You can’t really blame them – no one expects someone to score the PGA Tour’s first hole-in- one on a par 4. Magee’s effort on the 17th came with more than a little dose of luck, with his ball reaching the green while the group ahead containing Steve Pate, Gary Nicklaus and Tom Bryum were still on the green. Magee, obviously not expecting to reach the green in one, teed off and watched as his ball bounced past a startled Pate, before rolling between Bryum’s legs and hitting his putter as he studied his line. The ball ricocheted about eight feet and rolled into the hole – incredible. MAGEE’S MAGIC ALBATROSS CALLING a missed putt for a 59 ‘a fail’ is more than a little harsh, but it was about the only thing Phil Mickelson did wrong during the first round in 2013. When Mickelson reached the par-4 ninth – his final hole of the day – he needed a birdie to become the sixth player to join the exclusive sub-60 club. And with his approach landing 25 feet from the cup, he was in with a real shot. Phil later said he thought the putt was home every inch of the way, until it did a full lap of the hole and lipped out, denying him a place in history. He had to settle for the course record instead. PHIL’S FINAL- HOLE FAIL WATCH IT HERE WATCH IT HERE BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
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