Australia has produced some great male and female Golfers. A plethora in fact, that have gone onto to win events all over the world. These players include; Adam Scott, Greg Norman Jason Day, Peter Thomson, Geoff Ogilvy, Mark Leishman, Minjee Lee, Marc Leishman, Hannah Green, Stuart Appleby, Ian Baker Finch, Cameron Smith & the all-time LPGA Tour win record holder Karrie Webb, just to name a few.
But in the first 2 weeks of July 2020, a new wave of Australian Golfing talent has taken the world by storm. With the emerging stars winning impressive events in Europe and America, which all began on July 4th.
Young gun Lucas Herbert began the tidal wave of Aussie victories. The 25 year from Bendigo held his nerve and produced an impressive final round performance of a 4 Under Par 68 to win the Irish Open. A truly inspiring wire to wire performance to win his 2nd European Tour Title. Whilst that was unfolding, on the Ladies European Tour a few hours away, Stephanie Kyriacou was on fire at The Big Green Egg Open. Kyriacou triumphed to take Victory as well, with an impressive Find Round of 67. The 20-year-old from Sydney claimed her second European Tour Title in just 5 months! An impressive feat indeed.
The success was just as impressive across the pond. In the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Australia’s Cam Davis shot up the leader board on the final day, to tie with the leaders at -18 with an impressive 5-Under 67. After forcing his way into a 3-way playoff, and a tough 5 hole playoff, Troy Merrit missed his putt to extend the playoff with Davis to a 6th playoff hole. This gave Davis the championship win & his first PGA Tour Title.
In addition, just when we thought 3 wins was incredible. The Reigning Australian Amateur Champion Louis Dobbelaar, claimed another victory on the American Amateur Circuit taking out the North & South Amateur Championship. Louis is an emerging talent and with his collection of impressive wins, is a hot favourite to qualify for either the Web.com or Challenge Tours once he turns professional.
And with that, we thought wow! What a week. Surely Australia couldn’t back that up with victories again next week too? Well, turns out we were wrong there too! Yet again, it was a record breaking week for not only Golf, but Australian Tennis too. It kicked off with Dylan Allcot winning the Wimbledon Quad Wheelchair singles Championship, followed by our inspirational Ash Barty, taking out the Women’s Singles Title. The first Australian to do so in 41 years since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
After enjoying the emotional high of our Wimbledon Victories, Australia’s Min Woo Lee charged up the leaderboard in the Final Round of the Abrdn Scottish Open, to finish tied for the lead at -18 after shooting an impressive Final Round 7 Under 64. He then held his nerve in a 3 way playoff, to win his 2nd European Tour Title, and make it back to back Australian wins on the European Tour in 2 weeks.
This week marks the beginning of the arguably the most iconic event in Golf, The 149th Open Championship. With such impressive form of late, can our new wave of Australian Talent take it to the world’s best & be in contention to win a major championship? We certainly hope so indeed. But if there is one thing for certain, is that the Next Generation of Australian Golf Superstars has landed & they will be a forced to be reckoned with for the years to come.