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Nov 22, 2014

Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind.

World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Nov 21, 2014

Surprise leader Wright steals spotlight in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Unheralded Queenslander Michael Wright broke clear of a logjam atop the Australian Masters leaderboard to take a two-shot lead after the second round on Friday, while double defending champion Adam Scott battled hard to keep in touch.

Scott shot a four-under 68 on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club, but the world number two remained six strokes off the pace and behind a lengthy list of local tour grafters.

Nov 20, 2014

Australian world record holder Gibson looking for new mark

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rhein Gibson’s astonishing 55 at an Oklahoma golf course etched his name in the Guiness World Records but the unheralded Australian pro is determined to cast off the tag of “one-hit wonder”.

Gibson’s 2012 round of 16-under at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, was confirmed as the lowest 18-hole score last year, an unforgettable feat for a 28-year-old who has grafted mostly in lower-tier competitions in the United States and Asia.

Nov 20, 2014

Golf-Scott labours in wild winds at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Steven Bowditch shot a five-under 67 for a share of the lead after the first round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Thursday, upstaging headline act Adam Scott who struggled to cope with windy conditions.

Bowditch, who celebrated his maiden U.S. Tour win at the Texas Open in March, rolled in four birdies and an eagle in mostly foul conditions at Metropolitan Golf Club before ruing a missed tap-in putt on the 18th that cost him the outright lead.

Nov 20, 2014

Scott ‘three-peat’ bid off to slow start at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number two Adam Scott gritted his teeth in foul conditions for golf on Thursday, scratching out a one-over 73 in the first round of the Australian Masters to be six strokes behind clubhouse leaders Michael Wright and Stephen Allan.

Bidding for an unprecedented third successive title in the A$1 million ($860,000) event, Scott fumed as hot, northerly winds turned Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club into a suburban dust-bowl, while his putter refused to cooperate.

Nov 19, 2014

Scott feels former caddie Williams’ absence in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Midway through a trial of caddies, Adam Scott cannot help but feel the absence of former bag-man Steve Williams, who would have been an asset in his bid to win a third successive Australian Masters title, the world number two said.

Scott will work with seasoned caddie David Clark at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club this week as he seeks to become the tournament’s first ‘three-peat’ winner while warming up for his showdown with world number one Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open in Sydney next week.

Nov 19, 2014

Golf in Australia is like drinking beer with ‘buddies’: Weekley

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while throwing back a few beers, according to Boo Weekley, who plans to spend time fishing Down Under after battling Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

The laid-back American will appear at all three of the nation’s marquee tournaments, and after playing the Masters in Melbourne, will head to Sydney for next week’s Australian Open before finishing off on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA Championship.

Nov 19, 2014

Golf-Golf in Australia is like drinking beer with ‘buddies’ – Weekley

MELBOURNE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while throwing back a few beers, according to Boo Weekley, who plans to spend time fishing Down Under after battling Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

The laid-back American will appear at all three of the nation’s marquee tournaments, and after playing the Masters in Melbourne, will head to Sydney for next week’s Australian Open before finishing off on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA Championship.

Nov 15, 2014

Australian whistleblower calls FIFA statement “high comedy”

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s governance of world soccer is a “farce” and Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s statement summarising an 18-month probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is “high comedy”, according to the Australian whistleblower discredited in the statement.

Bonita Mersiades, the head of communications for Australia’s 2022 bid, gave evidence to the probe’s lead investigator Michael Garcia about her concerns with her country’s bid but the statement questioned her “reliability” and dismissed all her information.

Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Australian whistleblower calls FIFA statement “high comedy”

MELBOURNE, Nov 15 (Reuters) – FIFA’s governance of world soccer is a “farce” and Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s statement summarising an 18-month probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is “high comedy”, according to the Australian whistleblower discredited in the statement.

Bonita Mersiades, the head of communications for Australia’s 2022 bid, gave evidence to the probe’s lead investigator Michael Garcia about her concerns with her country’s bid but the statement questioned her “reliability” and dismissed all her information.

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