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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 296
A ustralia’s golfing links with Carnoustie – a small seaside town on Scotland’s east coast – date back nearly 120 years when the pioneers of the professional game arrived in our country from the Home of Golf. Men like Dan Soutar and Carnegie Clark, who grew up playing the Carnoustie links created by Old Tom Morris in the early 1870s, established themselves as the leading players in Australia in the first few years of the 20th century. They won four Australian Opens and three Australian PGA Championships between them before exerting their influence on the game through course design, club-making and administration. Given the ties that bind, an Aussie winning at Carnoustie would not only be an extraordinary feat, it would, in many respects, bring Australian professional golf full circle. Carnoustie has not been kind to Australians at The Open. In fact, it has offered nothing but near misses and heartbreak since it hosted its first Open Championship in 1931. In that year, Joe Kirkwood was well in contention to become Australia’s first Open Champion but crumbled to a closing round 81 to finish 12 strokes behind the winner Tommy Armour. When the Open made its third trip to COVER STORY With so many near misses across this links, the laws of probability suggest the tide must turn at some stage ...
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