Lydia Ko determined to give home fans something to cheer about at NZ Open

Ko said she is primed and ready to break her title drought at the new Windross Farm Golf Club in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee nails incredible hole-in-one

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee has made a stunning hole-in-one - the first of the 2018-19 season.

The 28-year-old's incredible effort was shot with a 9-iron from 150 yards on the fourth hole during his opening round at the CIMB classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Today's hole-in-one is the third of Lee's PGA career.



Kiwi Ryan Fox moves up golf's world rankings

New Zealand's best male golfers have continued their rise up the world rankings.

Ryan Fox is the best placed Kiwi, moving up one spot to 81st in the world.

Danny Lee has climbed six places to 124th while Nick Voke has continued his incredible first year as a pro, jumping to 327th.

Making up the top three spots are American Dustin Johnson with the top ranking followed by Englishman Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka of the US.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Ryan Fox of New Zealand tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 16, 2017 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ryan Fox Source: Getty



Famous South Canterbury golf course on verge of closing as grassroots golf struggles in NZ

The world of golf has seen an explosion in popularity over the past couple of weeks - you only need to look at the extraordinary scenes throughout the recent Tour Championship or Ryder Cup for evidence of that.

But back here, away from the elite level, the grass roots game is battling.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt could be fast approaching.

Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe went along to St Andrew’s Golf Club to get a round in and see if there’s a flicker of hope left for the 43-year-old club.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt is fast approaching. Source: Seven Sharp

Kiwi rookie Nick Voke eyeing PGA dream after making waves in China during first year as pro

Kiwi golfer Nick Voke is surging up the world rankings and eyeing a potential future in the US.

Voke has won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour of China and in his first year as a pro, has already climbed 1600 places in the world.

The 23-year-old said the wins at the Macau Qinhuangdao Championships is opening ‘incredible’ doors and opportunities for him having only joined the paying ranks in January this year, just weeks after representing New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Amateur Champs.

Not even a year on, he's already climbed from nearly 2000th in the rankings to 328th in the world, making him the fifth highest Kiwi and proud of his achievements.

“I had a goal at the start of the year where I wanted to be in the top 500 in the world golf rankings.

“I thought that was quite lofty.”

In just three starts on the Chinese tour, Voke is third on the order or merit and with two tournaments left in the schedule, is nearly assured a place on the Web.Com Tour next year in the US.

He says the new opportunity will take him further towards his ultimate dream.

“With where I want to go – ultimately I want to be on the PGA Tour – the Web.Com is definitely the stepping stone towards that path.

“I feel like with where my game is and how I’m trending and progressing, that’s certainly within my reach.”

But the Iowa State University graduate is tempering expectations once he gets there.

“At this stage, I’ve got some really good goals for this year. I’ve got certain benchmarks and key performance indicators that I’m trying to meet.”

But it’s still big steps already for the Kiwi rookie with even greener pastures on the horizon.

Voke has climbed an incredible 1600 places in the world rankings in the past year to sit 328th in the world. Source: 1 NEWS