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In this week’s Croker Golf Weekly we present the swing analysis of US winner Gary Woodland, LPGA winner Brooke Henderson, a Ben Hogan / Paul Runyan / Peter Thomson story, a lesson of the week and more.

My Ben Hogan/Paul Runyan/Peter Thomson Story

In 1981 I made my first trip to the USA to visit with Paul Runyan, Bob Toski, Peter Kostis, Eddie Merrins, Ben Doyle (The Golfing Machine GSED) and other highly respected Golf Coaches. My goal was to learn as much as possible so I could come back to Australia with an improved ability to both play and teach the game of golf.
Little did I know how this trip to the USA would shape my career as a Golf Instructor and lead to the breakthroughs that are now The Croker Golf System.
I arrived at Green Gables Country Club in Denver, Colorado to spend a week with Paul Runyan and learn his famous Putting, Chipping, and Pitching techniques. He was a genius around the green and my lessons were priceless.
On this initial search a discovery trip, I was to play some Mini-Tour Events in Florida, but before this, I really wanted to meet my hero, Ben Hogan.
Before I left Australia, I visited with Peter Thomson and asked him if he might see his way clear to write a letter of Introduction to Ben Hogan and he most graciously did this for me. At that time I had just arrived as the Professional at Sorrento G. C. and Peter Thomson spend his Christmas Holidays at Portsea and played regularly with his friends and fellow Members of Sorrento.
When I arrived to learn from Paul Runyan, he asked me where I was going next, and when I mentioned that I was hoping to get to meet Ben Hogan in Fort Worth, Texas, but at that time had not any word as to whether I was going to get an appointment with Mr. Hogan or not.
After our morning lessons, Paul rang Ben Hogan direct and I heard him say “Ben, I don’t know why this fellow wants to see you, but he certainly is a keen student of the game and he thinks you have the greatest swing. This was the deal sealer and I got to meet Ben Hogan at his Factory in Fort Worth and spend a few day playing at Shady Oaks as his guest. I will always remember how friendly and gracious he was to me and to have met him and played with Sam Snead hold a special place in my golfing memories.
I followed through with bringing Paul Runyan for 2 Short game Teaching Tours of Australia in 1981 and 1983

PGA Tour Results

US PGA
US OPEN
Winner: Gary Woodland -13
LPGA
MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC
Winner: Brooke M Henderson -21
EUROPEAN PGA
No Event
EUROPEAN LPGA
No Event
AUSTRALIAN PGA
No Event
CHAMPIONS TOUR
No Event
WEB.COM TOUR
LINCOLN LAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Winner: Xinjun Zhang -15

Swings of the Week


Gary Woodland wins US Open at Pebble Beach 13 under from Brooks Koepka


Brooke Henderson wins the Meier LPGA Classic 21 under

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