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Easy Tap-in Birdie on Index 2 Hole @ Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

150217 Discovery Bay, Diamond 3 (Par 4)

Diamond 3 was the second hardest hole on the Jade / Diamond course at Discovery Bay and our drive went a long way, past the 150 yard marker. With 145 yards to the back right pin, we took a 7-iron and hit a low one straight at the flag. I looked really good…landing right on the green and rolling straight towards the hole. I literally stopped just one foot short of the hole! Almost and Eagle on an index 2 hole! But a tap-in Birdie was just as sweet.

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Amazing Birdie @ Mission Hills, Ozaki Course, China

150113 Mission Hills, Ozaki 6 (Par 3)

On this short Par 3, which was 85 yards according to the caddie, a treacherous water hazard lurked in front of the green. With the green severely downhill, our pitching wedge just made it on the green and avoided the water hazard. 30 feet uphill with a right to left break, we took more break and hit it past the hole…but due to the steep slope, I rolled back into the hole! Wow! Amazing Birdie.

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First Birdie in 2015 @ Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

150111 Discovery Bay, Jade 7 (Par 5)

On this Par 5 Jade 7, we conservatively took the 3-wood off the tee. But this time, we topped it big time and landed in the rough short of the fairway. Our second shot, also with the 3-wood, smoked down the fairway and landed next to the blue 200 yard marker. The pin was on the back and we were just hoping to get somewhere on the green. We gave the 5-wood a good whack and I headed straight for the green, landed pin high and rolled to the back leaving a 15 footer. A slightly left to right break was read perfectly for an amazing recovery Birdie!

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Monster 54 Foot Putt for Birdie @ Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

141214 Discovery Bay, Jade 5 (Par 5)

After a great drive, we were in the middle of the fairway 193 yards to the flag. With our usual fade, it is always hard to attack the flag on the slight left dog leg. Moreover, the trees on the left don’t help either. So we aimed just right of the trees and I swerved towards the left trees but luckily avoiding them and then faded to the right edge of the green…but the hole was on the back left…54 feet away. With a right to left break, the uphill putt was made with the intention to hopefully have a simple tap-in for Par. But after a good whack, I started to look better and better as I got nearer the hole and bang right in the center of the cup! Stunned everyone including R. Amazing Birdie.

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Foggy Birdie @ Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

141130 Discovery Bay, Ruby 7 (Par 4)

It was a rare scene in November…fog! We couldn’t even see past the red tees. Our drive was straight on the Par 4 7th on Ruby, but was it in the right direction? I actually went more left that we thought, but luckily ended up short of the left fairway bunker leaving 140 yards to the center of the green. We had no idea where the pin was, so aiming for the center was the safe play. There were some faint signs of the trees left of the green, so we kind of had an idea where to aim. We safely landed on the lower tier of the green with the 7-iron but the flag was in the back upper tier. We didn’t even bother to pace the distance to the hole and knowing that the break was left to right we just made a good whack to get up the severe slope. Miraculously, I tracked perfectly on line and on pace to just have enough pace to drop into the cup. It turned out we were 48 feet from the hole! Sometimes it might be better to not see where you are going and play more freely without being too aggressive.

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