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Delicate Putt for Birdie @ Jade 3, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

140603 Discovery Bay, Jade 3 (Par 3)

We took a 5-iron to attack this Par 3 with the pin far in the back. It was a bit too much club, and we rolled just off the green into the fringe. Faced with a 24 foot downhill putt with a big left to right break, we imagined a spot half way and three feet left of the hole. Just hoping to tap in for Par, R was lucky to see me roll right into the center of the cup. Perfect read and perfect speed for Birdie.

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Missed Eagle Putt for Birdie at Phoenix Hill, Dongguan, China

140525 Phoenix Hill C4 (Par 5)

On this dogleg left Par 5 4th hole of Course C, our drive was pushed left and we thought we might not have made it past the ravine. So we hit a provisional which landed in the center of the fairway. Once we drove up to my provisional ball, we were ecstatic when we saw my original 20 yards closer to the green and smack in the middle of the fairway. We had 165 yards to the severely uphill green, so we took a 5-wood and took a good whack. A slight fade, but I managed to get on in two and was pin high…40 feet from the hole though! Our putt for Eagle was a wild ride, uphill, then downhill with a severe right to left break. Hoping to make it, but realistically, we’d be lucky to get it close. We made a perfect read and hit it at a perfect pace and I rolled up to the hole, just stopping two feet short for a tap-in Birdie.

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Two Birdies @ Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China

140516 Genzon GC #8 (Par 3)

On the long Par 3 8th, playing 200 yards, we teed off with the 5-wood and managed to get on the green short of the flag…leaving a 24 footer. Uphill, with a left to right break that is more severe towards the hole, R aimed more left and gave me a good whack. We were not comfortable all day with the greens, but this time, we finally got the speed right and I just sneaked into the left edge of the hole.

 

140516 Genzon GC #11 (Par 4)

We couldn’t see the green from the tee box on the 11th hole, but we hit a good drive…we just hoped that it was in the right direction. We missed the fairway on this short 300 yard Par 4 and ended up in the left rough and on a downhill slope! With 85 yards to go, we opened the face of our pitching wedge and took a nice smooth swing. Fading a bit right of the hole, we had a 12 foot putt for Birdie. The fairly straight putt was successfully executed for Birdie #2.

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Six Feet from a Hole-In-One @ Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

140506 Discovery Bay, Ruby 8 (Par 3)

We took a 6-iron and attacked the back pin on the Par 3 8th on the Ruby course at Discovery Bay. Struck cleanly, a slight fade sent me on line and headed straight for the pin…finishing just six feet below the hole. A simple uphill putt got the job done.

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Birdie on Island Green @ Faldo Course #16, Mission Hills, China

140429 Mission Hills, Faldo #16 (Par 3)

This short 100 yard Par 3 plays downhill, so we took our trusty 52° wedge to play 90 yards. We didn’t aim for the sucker pin on the right, but smartly to the center of the green. And that’s exactly what we did, hitting it pin high leaving a 13 footer. A slightly downhill putt with a left to right break easily found the bottom of the cup. Proves that there’s no need to be afraid of island greens, just trust your yardage.

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