Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Memories of Seve July in the review of the year

In The Bunker With Mick The Grip

ROSS Marshall and his team teed off at Royal Lytham on Thursday, after a 300 mile “Walk for Seve” which has so far raised 20,000 for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation and Cancer Research UK.  Starting from London on July 10th the team walked more than 40 miles per day carrying golf bags, stopping off en route to tee off at several prestigious golf courses including Wentworth and The Belfry, where Ballesteros won fame in the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup respectively. The impressive trek was also to increase awareness of Seve Day, a Europe-wide golf tournament being backed by European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Peter Alliss, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter – allowing competitors to play a round of golf anywhere in Europe and register their scores on the website.

A grand final will then be held at The Belfry in October, where the top 72 stableford score entrants will play for big prizes and the Seve 2012 Trophy.

AFTER Seve’s 1979 Open win at Royal Lytham which included his famous 16th hole ‘car park shot, plus hay field, grandstand, and just about everywhere else shot, one R & A official observed: “He chose not to use the official course, but preferred his own.”   Incidentally, all the past Lytham Open champions have become World No.1.

KEEGAN Bradley walked off the Pete Dye- designed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in April calling it “Brutal.”  The wild and blustery 7,606 yd course, constructed for the 1991 Ryder Cup,  has a  combination of swirling winds, sand dunes and  marshes  that brought the game's best players at the time to their knees. 86 year old Dye joked: “I didn’t think it was that hard today.”  He will be on hand to make sure his masterpiece is in first-class shape when Bradley defends his title there in August.

 AN anti-counterfeiting working group, co-ordinated by a number of the leading manufacturers including Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade and Ping has seized more than 7,500 fake golf clubs in Shanghai, bringing the total intercepted in the last eighteen months to 110,000.

AT the BMW Open in Cologne, Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara’s playing partners discovered his caddie trying to dispose of a fifteenth club in a bush.   A penalty of two shots for the first hole and two for the second was imposed. Without those Lara would have returned a three-under 69 and been in contention, but on the 18th hole a referee was summoned.  Although he was cleared of involvement in the incident, Lara was disqualified because he was held responsible for his caddie’s behaviour.  The caddie was asked not to come back.
ROB Watts, T.G. Pro, says:  Just a reminder: keep right foot square on at address but turn left foot out slightly to allow left side to turn into the ball.  If the left foot is square on it restricts the amount the hips can turn into the ball, preventing a smooth swing.  Hips should be open at point of impact, so open up that left foot!

COLIN Montgomerie has warned European players to expect hectoring and abuse from the U.S. crowds at Medinah, Chicago, when the Ryder Cup is held there in September.   “American golfing fans are not as knowledgeable about golf etiquette as those in Europe,” commented Monty, recalling his infamous run-in with the crowd when he was leading the 1997 Open and swore at a jibing spectator;  “It’s not easy but the lads will have to try and close their ears.”

U.S. Country singer Willie Nelson’s electric golf cart is going up for auction next month.  The bright red and white cart features a Rolls Royce grille and fixtures, and a bar with buttons for bourbon, gin, vodka, and scotch. It’s a wonder he’s ever finished a round.