October 19, 2015

Back Nine News – The Best Golf Stories & Videos of the Week

In this issue:
– Grillo gets clutch win in maiden PGA Tour event (video)
– Loupe equals Johnny Miller’s course record
– Rourke wins in rookie year on Sunshine Tour (video)
– Andy Sullivan wins by 9 shots in Europe. Colsaerts gets wet (video)
– Amy Yang finishes with 9 birdies on back nine of 27 to win on LPGA (video)
– Butch Harmon Top coach again (Rickie Fowler swing comparison video)
– KZN win Mid-Am Interprovincial
– Lyle and Huh match each other with eagle hole outs (video)

Emiliano Grillo holed this clutch put which got him into a playoff, where he beat Kevin Na on the 2nd hole for his first win in his maiden PGA Tour event of the season. He’s part of the 2011 class of players like Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers, all stand out talents sure to dominate professional golf for many years to come.
In the same tournament

Andrew Loupe equalled Johnny Miller’s course record 63. Pretty sure that doesn’t sit well with either of them as they famously had words after Miller’s comment concerning Loupe’s infamous slow play “If everyone on tour played like him I would quit announcing” – completely justified if you take a look at one of Loupe’s faster pre-shot moments.

South African’s Tyrone van Aswegen and Charl Schwartzel played well, finishing T3 and T6 respectively.  

Rourke van der Spuy won the shortened Fish River Sun Event on the Sunshine Tour. The talented Durban golfer secures his card and entry into all the co-sanctioned events with the win. 

Andy Sullivan dominated in Portugal this weekend. Never missing a shot and beating the field by 9! He also won the SA Open at Glendower earlier this year. Here’s his PING bag setup… Driver – G30 10.5˚ Fairway – G30 14.5˚ Hybrid – i25 19˚ Irons – S55 3-PW Wedges – Glide 54˚, 60˚ Putter – Cadence TR Anser2 

Nicolas Colsaerts caused some entertainment with his epic par save from the lake… Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 1.13.48 PM   A

my Yang did the near impossible as she birdied her last 9 holes for a homeward 27, and final round 62 to win on the LPGA Tour.

Butch Harmon was named the Top Coach in the World again in a poll by his peers. He’s done some impressive work with Rickie Fowler who seems to be in contention in every other major. Here’s an example of the changes Butch made to Rickie’s swing…


As we predicted last week… KZN won the Mid-Am Interprovincial, they ended the week unbeaten which included narrow wins over Central Gauteng, Northerns and Western Province. This is their 3rd Mid-Am title. The team included: Neil Champion (manager), Clive Lazarus, Bradley Davison, Lyall McNeill, David Brown, Corne van Deventer, Dale Burraston, Keith Forde and Murray Gilson.

You won’t see this often. Back to back eagle hole outs by playing partner Jarod Lyle and John Huh. Lyle is back on the PGA Tour after a medical exemption after his bout with cancer. We’re glad to see him back on the course and playing well!