Arrival adds patience to bag of tricks

Adam Pengilly 7:20 PM   Aron Price reckons he should have watched YouTube. Not for tips on taming The Australian, but rather surviving the childbirth experience.

Idol upstaged by Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth claimed the clubhouse lead late in the first round.

Adam Pengilly and Michael Chammas 7:08 PM   Adam Scott strode straight to the practice range late on Thursday facing a scramble just to make the Australian Open cut.

Gardiner wins car with hole in one

Michael Chammas dinkus Dinkus

Michael Chammas and Adam Pengilly 5:36 PM   Australian Scott Gardiner walked away with a brand new NX Lexus car after a hole in one in the opening round of the Australian Open.

Steady start for McIlroy as Price sets pace

Slow start: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Michael Chammas 1:20 PM   Rory McIlroy's Australian Open title defence has begun in a steady fashion, but it was Australian Aron Price who set the pace on the opening morning of the tournament in Sydney.

McIlroy, McVeigh among stars at pro-am

Michael Chammas   Cricket greats Brian Lara and Ian Healy, Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and former Wallabies skipper John Eales were among the big sporting names in the field in Wednesday's Pro-Am.

The Australian Open: The Lowdown

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy.

Michael Chammas   The Australian Open tees off on Thursday. Here's all the information you need to know for the four-day event where Rory McIlroy will defend his title.

Australian Open favours masters of big hits: Scott

Big ball: Adam Scott says the big hitters will succeed at The Australian.

Adam Pengilly   Adam Scott has labelled the notorious afternoon winds as The Australian Golf Club's best "defence" after predicting the big hitters in the Australian Open field were set to dominate scoring.

McIlroy did not think he would regain No.1 title this year

Rory McIlroy

Adam Pengilly   Rory McIlroy has made the stunning admission he did not think he would be able to return to world No.1 this year as his old sparring partner Adam Scott vowed to to keep pace with the Northern Irishman before their Australian Open shootout starting on Thursday.

Stuart Appleby out of Australian Open with back injury

Sidelined: Stuart Appleby.

A back injury has forced former winner Stuart Appleby out of this year's Australian Open golf championship, with the 43-year-old withdrawing from the competition on Wednesday afternoon.

Golf won't be a breeze at Australian Open

Back for more: Adam Scott is in for a challenge at The Australian this week.

Adam Pengilly   The strong southerly breezes expected to whip through The Australian Golf Club later this week have already forced officials into a slight re-think, reverting one hole back to a par five after realising the green would be extremely difficult to reach in two shots.

Spieth out to crash Australian Open party

Student of the game: Rising American star Jordan Spieth.

Adam Pengilly   From the moment a 12-year-old Jordan Spieth told his Australian coach he wanted to win the US Masters, Cameron McCormick never doubted him.

Scott, McIlroy get first look at course

Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.

Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy will get their first look at the revamped Australian Open course on Tuesday.

Herbert wins longest drive ... from Melbourne to Sydney

Successful drive: Lucas Herbert has qualified for the Australian Open.

Michael Chammas   A double bogey on the final hole of the Australian Masters on Sunday cost amateur Lucas Herbert direct qualification into the Australian Open, but an 11-hour drive from Melbourne to Sydney reignited his dream.

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Is golfer Lydia Ko the most influential woman in sport?

MEGA PAYDAY: Lydia Ko won $1.9m after winning the LPGA Tour Order of Merit and Tour Championship event in Florida.

Matt Murnane   If there is anyone in sport as young, as influential and, now, as rich as New Zealand golf sensation Lydia Ko, then tip your hat to them. They are doing very well for themselves.

Lewis sweeps 3 biggest LPGA awards, Ko wins $1m

Stacy Lewis swept the awards, which hasn't been done by an American woman since 1993.

Stacy Lewis has become the first American in 21 years to sweep the three biggest awards on the LPGA Tour.

Scott trains sights on redemption for McIlroy loss

Adam Scott

Matt Murnane   Adam Scott says he will dust himself off and get ready for a redemption date with No.1 Rory McIlroy.

Ruff easy going at the Masters

Matt Murnane   Everyone now knows that Ryan Ruffels seems like golf's next big thing. But the way the 16-year-old carried himself proved he also has the personality to handle stardom

Nick Cullen's gold jacket trumps brother's baggy green for now

Nick Cullen embraces his Masters trophy.

Matt Murnane   The Cullen family now has a gold jacket to go with a baggy green.

Nick Cullen wins Australian Masters

Nick Cullen.

Unheralded South Australian has ended Adam Scott's run as Australian Masters champion with a thrilling one-shot victory.

Whaley voted first female PGA officer

Suzy Whaley in 2003.

Former LPGA player Suzy Whaley has become the first woman officer in the PGA of America's history.