Redesigned Royal Pines course bears its teeth at Australian PGA Championship

Todd Sinnott 2015

 

THE newly redesigned RACV Royal Pines had a number of “victims” during the first round of the 2015 Australian PGA Championship including star import Brandt Snedeker and Aussie rookie professional Todd Sinnott.

Snedeker suffered through one of the worst round of his professional career with a 12-over 84 while Sinnott (pictured above) was lighting up the course and was 6-under after 12 holes before disaster struck, finding the water three times in four holes and dropping six shots.

A birdie on the 18th saw Sinnott finish on 1-under, just four behind the leader, 20 year old South African Zander Lombard who fired a 5-under 67 late in the day.

Sitting two strokes back at 3-under is Englishman Mark Foster, who had his own roller coaster day with seven birdies and four bogies.

Snedeker’s second attempt to play the event after pulling out with injury in 2013 prior to arriving is unlikely to end well with only a miracle low round standing between the former FedEx Cup winner and missing the weekend cut.

“Just a horrible day, there’s nothing else to say.  I wish I could put a positive spin on it but I got off to a bad start, compounded my errors and then didn’t do anything really,’ said Snedeker, who started in the second group and faced strong winds and rain.

“The only thing I can think about today was, the conditions were tough. If you got it going a little bit sideways today you can make some big numbers, and I did.”

In the end just five golfers made red figures with conditions easing marginally as the day progressed.

One of the caddies involved ventured: “Two over feels more like five under.”

Play in the second round continues Friday morning with Channel 7 coverage resuming at Noon AEST.

Day 1 Video Wrap

 

Graham Marsh talks about his redesign of Royal Pines: Video

 

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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