SINK, AND SWIM

Sunday Herald Sun - - Golf - GREG DAVIS

JA­SON Norris made a real splash at Royal Pines yes­ter­day. But not in a good way. Sick of putting his ball into the wa­ter, he de­cided to dunk him­self into the drink as well.

Af­ter start­ing the day at even par, Norris had a hor­ror day with two dou­ble-bo­geys and two bo­geys on the front nine.

The South Aus­tralian had three more bo­geys on the back nine be­fore he ar­rived at the par-three 16th hole that fea­tures the Oak­ley Gold Coast Beach Club cor­po­rate area, com­plete with a small pool.

He was eight-over for the day and hot un­der the col­lar so Norris jumped in the pool to cool ev­ery­thing down. Norris played the last three holes soak­ing wet and pro­duced another bo­gey on the 17th be­fore even­tu­ally — and mer­ci­fully — fin­ish­ing with a nine-over 81.

PETE’S 500TH

FOR­MER Aus­tralian PGA chair­man Peter O’Mal­ley has cer­tainly been around the traps.

O’Mal­ley — a five-time win­ner on the Aus­tralasian tour and three-time win­ner in Europe — this week played his 500th tour­na­ment on the main or se­nior Euro­pean Tour.

The Aus­tralian PGA is co-sanc­tioned by the Euro­pean Tour so the 53-year-old was able to bring up the mile­stone on home soil.

ROYAL MOVES

ROYAL Queens­land is angling to trump Royal Pines for host­ing rights of the 2020 Aus­tralian PGA to cel­e­brate the club’s cen­te­nary year.

Such a one-off move for a mile­stone of that mag­ni­tude at the state’s most his­toric club has an ex­cit­ing vibe.

Royal Queens­land has hosted three Aus­tralian Opens, in­clud­ing the great Arnold Palmer’s tro­phy swoop in 1996, but hasn’t hosted a top tour­na­ment since 2001.

For­mer Masters cham­pion Adam Scott and ris­ing star Cameron Smith, boldly bid­ding to de­fend his PGA ti­tle at Royal Pines, are both mem­bers of Royal Queens­land and would be top tar­gets for any tour­na­ment there.

The club’s web­site trum­pets it as “Queens­land’s pre­mier golf club” yet the lack of tour­na­ment host­ing has partly con­trib­uted to a drop to No.33 on Aus­tralian Golf Di­gest’s lat­est Top 100 Courses list for the na­tion.

The PGA of Aus­tralia has an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with Royal Pines, which has in­vested about $10 mil­lion in the course up­grade that has made it the home of the tour­na­ment since 2013.

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