Following Rory, Scotty and Jason round the course at the 2013 Australian Open in Sydney

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What a great month that was in Australia! A lot of sunshine, beaching, sailing, snorkeling, relaxing, hanging loose and experiencing so many new down under sides of things. It was an excellent time I had there and I really can’t wait to come back at some point.

Golf-wise I had some nice moments as well; I missed however the action at the Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast but instead (or way better) played some Queensland beauties on my own on Hamilton Island and up north in Port Douglas. Unfortunately. I didn’t manage to play a round in Sydney but I did get to do some other cool stuff: during my stay in Australia there were some very interesting tournaments played: the already mentioned Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast, the Australian Masters in Melbourne and last but not least the Australian Open in Sydney.

My schedule had room for watching a round so in Sydney I took my girlfriend on the event’s Sunday to see the action at Royal Sydney Golf Club in Rose Bay, Sydney. I also tried to watch some golf TV broadcasting during the days before, but apparently the majority of Aussies is mainly interested in cricket rather than in golf these days of the year – although golf is of much more interest than in most other parts of the world. So the sports channels either showed the Ashes (the famous cricket battle between Australia and England) or, very surprisingly, the European Tour’s Dunhill Championship in South Africa. I figured the Aussie tourneys were broadcasted in Pay TV which I unfortunately had no access to.

On the tournament’s Sunday we jumped on a ferry to cross Sydney Harbour, passed the Sydney Opera House in direction to Rose Bay. From this sophisticated neighbourhood it’s just a short walk to the private and exclusive RSGC, which hosted the event quite often already. After a short but expensive shopping frenzy in the merchandise tent we headed towards the course, followed Robert Allenby and some others before we decided to walk on strategically. It was not over-crowded by the time but would most likely be later on when Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott would make their appearance in the last group. And yes it became much more packed around the fairways but it was still possible to get some nice places to see the action.

First we saw the guys on the 5th with a nice elevated green and had good views on the following holes, too. Most amazingly to mention the approach shots on the 8, a par 5, which both reached in two shots. Rory scored an eagle whereas Scotty three-putted. On the next hole both impressively drove the reachable par 4 (275m) and again Scotty carded one putt more than Rory – and gone was his three stroke lead. Bad luck for Adam Scott. In the course of the next holes he lost his cool and you probably have already seen the results – Rory won the Australian Open with one shot over Adam. I really like the Aussie, he’s one of my favourite golf players and I was keeping fingers crossed for him to win this event as this would have made him only the second person winning the three Aussie tournaments in one stretch. Unfortunately he has to try again next year, but hats off for his committment and the strong will to win important tournaments – as he is obviously a very strong player currently.

So Rory won the pot in the end, his first title in 2013 which is good for him. His form shows potential again after his big switch to NIKE clubs and the resulted fallback in the world ranking – and I’m sure a very famous female tennis player was kind of partly responsible for the lack of winning skills, too… It was a very nice golf day which was perfected by the fact that we went for a rest to Bondi Beach afterwards and then strolled along the beautiful coastal beach walk from Bondi via Tamarama to Bronte.

Really a very nice piece of land over there… my heart is broken I had to leave Australia in the end.

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Hitting the Gold Coast two days late. Bad timing!

Today I found out that guys like Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler are currently in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia to play the Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Pines Resort later this week. The tournament ends on Sunday 10th and now guess who will get there not earlier than Tuesday – two days late for the show? Correct, I will be in Singapore till Monday morning. Still a 10-hour flight away from sunny Queensland.

Too bad, but it probably wouldn’t have fitted into our schedule anyway. But just the thought that I’m in Gold Coast, Queensland on the other side of the world and some of the coolest golf dudes out there are just half a mile away for the Australian PGA Championship from where I’m lying on the beach or do some serious surfing – pretty cool.

I’m thinking why not playing the Royal Pines course on Wednesday after the tournament then… nah, my girlfriend would kill me I guess! :) Too much golf in mind… #guilty

Check the details of the tournament here: http://www.pga.org.au/australian-pga

Some guys I’d put my money on for the 2013 FedEx Cup

It’s FedEx playoff season – the PGA Tour is right in the middle of the FedEx Cup with nothing less than the run for the biggest cheque all year. The winner of a series of pretty serious tournaments lifts the FedEx trophy and with it not less than 10 million bucks in cash!

In this regard it’s consistency that matters the most because the FedEx Cup plays as a series of 4 tournaments which kicks out the bottom part after each weekend and only benefits these players which are always in contention throughout the whole period, collecting points to make it to the next round.

The tournaments are:

  • The Barclays, Liberty National GC, NJ (Field 125)
  • Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, MA (Field 100)
  • BMW Championship, Conway Farms GC, IL (Field 70)
  • Tour Championship by Coca-Cola, East Lake GC, GA (Field 30)

Every one of these tournaments has a purse of 8 million USD with a winning share of 1.44 million. If that’s not enough, the last man standing after all these four tournaments will earn two trophies, the one of the last tournament and the FedEx Cup trophy. The cheque will be the winning purse of 1.44 million USD plus the 10 million for winning it all – one damn lucky guy I’m sure.

Last winners Snedeker, Haas and Furyk are still within reach but unlikely to make it again to the top I guess. This year it’s others that are on the move. And although Tiger is in the lead of the FedEx Cup point standings I see others being ready for the hunt for the big money this time.

Guys like Masters champ Adam Scott, Open champ Phil Mickelson and “always so close” Henrik Stenson play such a good golf over the last weeks that I really would put my money on one of these – probably I really will… Scott won the first tournament (see video), The Barclays in fashion, leaving all behind him including Tiger Woods, who blamed it on his old back problem. No comment on that but he is for sure another tough contestant for the cup as he seems to find back his game lately.

I’m looking forward to very interesting next weeks – because there’s a lot of money on the table and there are so many blokes out there who can’t wait for it! Good luck guys – you live my dream!