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Round 4 of the Scottish Open will begin tomorrow night and will only contain two Aussies, Min Woo Lee and Lucas Herbert but they are sadly out of contention being 9 and 11 shots behind leader Rory McIlroy on 13 under par.
 
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Winner of the Scottish Open was Rory McIlroy who amazingly birdied the last two holes to defeat Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre who posted a 6 under 64 to put the pressure on.

Aussie’s finished way back unfortunately, Min Woo Lee the highest placed at 4 under.
 
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Not that anyone reads these posts but the Irish Open kicks off this afternoon in County Kildare.

There are some Aussies but not many. Headed by Adam Scott and Min Woo Lee.

Surprisingly a past champion Lucas Herbert is not teeing it up - I have no idea why.
 
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Went couple hours to a golf simulator last night, pretty good fun. Beers and laughs do it again during winter for sure.
 
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Kiwi Ryan Fox (son of Rugby great Grant) won the prestigious BMW PGA tournament in Surrey England yesterday with a score of -18 over the four rounds. Tyrell Hatton of England was second a stroke back tied with Aaron Rai also of England. John Rahm from Spain finished 4th on -16 with Victor Hovland rounding out the top 5 on -15.

The Aussies were in contention for some time on the weekend with Adam Scott, Min Woo Lee and Jason Scrivener all challenging at some stage. Scott finished the best of the Aussies tied for 7th on -13 and Min Woo Lee was tied 14th on -11. Scrivener finished two shots back on -9.

For a while there Adam Scott and Min Woo Lee were only two shots from the lead but Hatton had five birdies in six holes to set up a four shot lead just after the turn. Fox though was relentless with six birdies on the back 9 and he was helped by Hatton who could only muster pars and a bogey on 15 for Fox to get the win.

It was a star studded field with most of the top 50 players there and all of the European Ryder Cup team.

This week it is the French Open where a lot of similar players will tee it up including Fox and Min Woo Lee. The field is not as strong though so these two should do well.
 
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Not my finest hour. But played golf the other day and they use shark shaped tee markers, weirdly one found it’s way into my golf bag and a new home
 

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Had an Aussie winner over the weekend, Min Woo Lee won the Macau Golf Open with a score of 30 under par!

Admittedly this was not a major tournament or on the two main world tours and Min Woo Lee was the highest ranked player at 46 in the world. So not many there to challenge him although Poom Saksansin from Thailand who finished second was only two shots back but even he is not in the top 600 in the world.
 
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Australian PGA has just started today at Royal Queensland Golf course.

A host of stars for this one with a number of Aussies coming back to contest the local comps.

Adam Scott, Cam Davis, Cam Smith and Marc Leishman have all returned from the PGA Tour and Min Woo Lee, Lucas Herbert and Jason Scrivener have come from the DP World tour. There is some overseas talent as well with Adrian Meronk from Poland, Bob Macintyre and Connor Syme from Scotland and many more!

At this stage in the first Round, Min Woo Lee is the leader on -7, equalling the course record of 64. Adam Scott shot 66 and Cam Smith had a bit of a horror 73, 2 over par.
 
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Min Woo Lee takes a 3 shot lead into the final round of the Australian PGA in Brisbane.

No need for me to say any more because none of you guys give a ****.
 
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Went out to the Australian Open today to finally watch some of these guys I’ve been following on the European and PGA tours. Took the 13 year old with me as well plus one of his mates.

Was a bit frightful that I may have had to turn around and go home as only street parking was available and it was chokers. Thankfully I eventually managed to get a spot.

Caught up with Min Woo Lee at the 3rd tee where he put it into the water and had a double bogey. Not the best round from him today but he still leads and we got to see him up close. He even walked past us going from the 9th to the 10th and gave us a high five as he went.

All in all a fun day!
 

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Went out to the Australian Open today to finally watch some of these guys I’ve been following on the European and PGA tours. Took the 13 year old with me as well plus one of his mates.

Was a bit frightful that I may have had to turn around and go home as only street parking was available and it was chokers. Thankfully I eventually managed to get a spot.

Caught up with Min Woo Lee at the 3rd tee where he put it into the water and had a double bogey. Not the best round from him today but he still leads and we got to see him up close. He even walked past us going from the 9th to the 10th and gave us a high five as he went.

All in all a fun day!
I don’t care about golf but it’s always good to see your sports stars in action in person.
Was very happy to have sharks in WA earlier this year and get along to their training too.
Sounds like you had a good time

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I don’t care about golf but it’s always good to see your sports stars in action in person.
Was very happy to have sharks in WA earlier this year and get along to their training too.
Sounds like you had a good time


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Fox and Kayo have some weird scheduling times.

The last group at the Australian Golf Open tees off today at 12.45pm, yet the coverage doesn’t start until 1pm.

I just don’t get that. Why not start the coverage at 12.30pm? As I said, weird.
 
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How long did it take for your shirt to dry off?
Some time I'm sure!

Yeah, it's a little creepy the love I have for Woozy - it's a bit like @djhabib with Wade. No, no scratch that, I'm not that bad surely!

When this kid won the Scottish Open back in 2021, I could see he had something special. And he did not disappoint. This is the first chance I have had to see him live and I was not going to miss out.

To win the PGA and finish 3rd in the Open is nothing short of brilliant. It is so hard to win a professional golf tournament. And to beat the likes of Adam Scott, Cam Smith, Mark Leishman, Cam Davis and other overseas stars makes it all that much better.

He has his US PGA tour card now so that is where you will see him in 2024 for the majority of times. It is going to be a much tougher slog than the DP World tour that's for sure. He'll miss cuts, even the best players do. But if he can get some consistent results he can change that world number 35 ranking to top 20 and who knows where he can go from there. The top 10 is not beyond him.
 
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Min Woo Lee finishes 2nd in the PGA tour event in Florida - the Cognisant Classic.

His second place gets into the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and also into the Players Championship next week.

He has already qualified for the US Masters on April 13.

American Austin Eckroat won the event finishing 17 under, 3 strokes ahead of Min Woo Lee on 14 under.
 
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The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Florida (Sawgrass) started last night and we have five Aussies.

Min Woo Lee, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Cam Davis and Aaron Baddeley. They call this tournament the fifth major such is it's prestige and it has the iconic 17th Par 3 Island hole.

The horror round overnight belonged to Cam Davis who shot 79 (7 over) with 4 double bogeys, and 4 bogeys. Not like Cam Davis at all. Aaron Baddeley and Min Woo Lee also had not so good rounds finishing tied for 88th with 1 over par. Adam Scott fared much better at 2 under but the Aussie star was Jason Day who is just two shots off the pace at 5 under. He had a bogey free round with five birdies and it is great to see him back in form.

Coverage starts again at 10.30pm tonight.

Here are the Aussie Round 2 tee times (AEDT)

Cam Davis 11.02pm
Aaron Baddeley 12.19am
Min Woo Lee 4.07am
Jason Day 4.18am
Adam Scott 4.51am
 

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US Masters starts late Thursday night AEDT at Augusta National.

Aussies teeing it up are Min Woo Lee, Adam Scott, Cam Davis, Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Jasper Stubbs is one of the amateurs playing the event.

The big questions are:

(1) Can Jon Rahm go back to back and win it again after triumphing in 2023?
(2) Will Tiger Woods make the cut? If he does it will be the 24th consecutive time and it will be a world record.
(3) Can Scottie Scheffler keep his number one ranking and be Masters Champion again?
(4) Will a rookie step up and win?
(5) Can we have the first Aussie winner since Adam Scott in 2013?

Tee times and groups should be out tomorrow.
 
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