IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.
THE ISLAND GREEN at East Lake, Atlanta, scene of this weekend’s Tour Championship, and the FedEx Cup Final. By now we will know the outcome, weather permitting. Going into the weekend it was still anybody’s tournament.
THE BIENNIAL Presidents Cup, in which America plays the World minus Europe, is scheduled for October 3rd at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, known as ‘Jack’s Place.’ In 2011, at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia, the U.S. won by four points, so the World is out for revenge. Australia’s Adam Scott and Jason Day will be high on the Captain’s list, with Els, Scwartzel and Cabrera close behind. The U.S.A. Captain can pick from an impressive list of recent winners, among them Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson.
America will have been heartened by their decisive victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on September 8th. At Long Island they regained the cup by winning the top amateurs’ event 17 points to 9. This was their 35th win since the biennial competion started in 1922. Britain and Ireland have won only 8 times. (It shows Europe does come in useful sometimes.)
JIM FURYK became only the sixth player ever to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour at the BMW Championship. But spare a thought for Polish pro golfer Pawel Japol, who’s opening round of 109 in the Kharkov Cup, Ukraine, left him 45 shots off the lead. He started on the 10th, was one over after three holes, but then dropped 18 shots in four holes. A ten on the next was followed by two triple bogeys, leading to his finish of 37 over par. We all have our off days.
THE PGA NATIONAL RUSSIA course outside Moscow held it’s grand opening this month, and aims to host European Tour competitions when it’s luxury 250-room hotel is completed. Apart from the “Dunes” course, St. Petersburg, and the Pestovo Golf and Yacht club on a 16th century royal estate outside Moscow Russia isn’t big on golf courses yet. (Must be something to do with the weather.)
VAILABLE FROM October: TaylorMade’s new SpeedBlade irons, “Our most complete iron ever” according to T.M. Featuring the same Speed Pocket as the Rocketbladez, but widened and lengthened to give more clubface area toward the toe and heel, the SpeedBlade also features their Inverted Cone Technology (bigger sweet spot on off centre hits.) With an internal slot which allows for more flex and rebound Taylor Made say they have created their fastest face yet in the Speedblade. (Warp Factor 10 blades next?)
DURING HIS illustrious career Arnold Palmer has won seven Majors, collected four Masters’ green jackets, and raised millions of dollars for charity, in particular the Arnold Palmer Medical Centre for children. Happy Birthday Arnold, 84 this month.
HARRY SCOTT, from New Jersey, U.S.A. played a round of golf in every American state last year, from Maine to Alaska. This year he played a round of golf on six continents in six days.
Starting in Australia and finishing in S. America his trip commenced with an 8.a.m. tee time at the Bonville Golf Resort, NSW, followed by a three hour drive north to Brisbane, where he caught a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He played the Glenmarie Golf Club then headed for Egypt and the first tee at the Dreamland Golf Resort, Cairo.
Next stop London for a morning round at Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire, where those classic scenes for "Goldfinger" were shot. From there it was off to Nassau, Bahamas, for a round at the Ocean Club, which left South America: the Junko Golf Club near Caracas, Venezuela. And so to bed.
"It's something to do," said 79 year old Scott, “It's fun, and I've got time on my hands.” And cash, obviously.
Until next time, happy golfing.
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