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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 168
Phone (03) 5338 3010 www.ballaratgolfclub.com.au 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat BALLARAT’S PREMIER GOLF COURSE ■ 18 holes of golf ■ plus lunch from the lounge menu click here for all the info SOCIAL GOLF DEAL SOCIAL GOLF DEAL $35 PER GOLFER DOUG SANDERS 1970 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP OPPORTUNITIES to win the Open Championship don’t come around every day, so when you’re just a couple of feet from the cup at the 18th green at St Andrews with a putt to grab a major, you’d hope you’d at least tickle the hole. Not so for Doug Sanders, who took an eternity to line up what looked like a relatively simple putt to secure the Championship, then didn’t even get close. HALE IRWIN I.K KIM 1983 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP HALE Irwin will never know whether he might have won the 1983 Open at Royal Birkdale, courtesy of a horror mistake with the flat stick on the 14th hole in the final round. Irwin finished a single shot behind winner Tom Watson, but cost himself dearly with an inexplicable whiffed putt with the ball just an inch from the hole. The moment taught all players that you should never take a putt for granted, no matter how close. Also, don’t lose your composure when there’s an Open on the line. THE LPGA commentary team said it all when they described Kim’s putt to win the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship “just a formality”. Except that it wasn’t. Kim’s ball, putted from just a foot away, lipped around the hole and came back at her, putting her into a playoff that she eventually lost to Sun-Young Woo. Kim is still waiting for her first major title, having finished second the following year at the US Women’s Open.
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