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Travis Smyth hole-in-one

It’s in! Travis Smyth hits perfect shot at controversial Open hole

From double bogey on Thursday, to an ace on Friday! Travis Smyth makes a one on the 17th at Royal Liverpool

 

The 17th has been the talk of Royal Liverpool but Travis Smyth showed everyone how to play it – as he grabbed the first hole-in-one at The Open this year.

The Australian played the brand new ‘Little Eye’ to perfection, navigating the tricky 132-yard par-3 in a single shot.

Smyth hit a nice draw into the tight left pin location, with his ball taking a couple of hops before dropping into the cup.

Smyth made double bogey at the same hole on the opening day on his way to shooting a 7-over-par 78.

That tee shot went long and left, ending up in the native area behind the green. Smyth then took three to get out before finally knocking in the putt for five.

But his perfect shot in round two is the 36th hole-in-one in Open history. Jon Thomson had made the last at Royal St George’s two years ago.

Smyth qualified for this year’s championship with a top four finish at the World City Championship, in Hong Kong, on the Asian Tour.

Although he will not make the cut, he’ll still go home with an incredible memory of his week in Hoylake.

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Travis Smyth hole-in-one

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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