IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.
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THE 113th U.S. OPEN commences on June 13th on the East Course at the Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania. It will be the fifth U.S. Open played on the course. Lee Trevino won the title there in 1971. Australian David Graham won in 1981 hitting every fairway and green. Being an old course, the East is quite short at 6,996 yds and par 70. Keeping the ball on the fairway and hitting a high percentage of the small greens will decide the winner at Merion, where the rough is like a jungle.
The Merion Golf Club dates from 1896, and is one of the shrines of American golf. The floorboards of the venerable clubhouse creak underfoot. Designed by Scottish immigrant Hugh Wilson in 1910, the East course has many features derived from famous British courses. Fourteen year old Bobby Jones played here in 1916. Strict rules apply; no electronic devices, no rangefinders, no mobile phones. This is actually welcomed by the members, who can tell the office: “I’m going to Merion, you won’t be able to reach me.” It could be the most peaceful U.S. Open for a long time. Unless Garcia is paired with Woods. In that case, if you believe the press, it will be Gunfight at the East Course Corrall.
AFTER THE BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 23rd, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie and Paul McGinley will head for Chiswick to take part in a revolutionary new golf game.
Zone Golf is a team game played over nine par 3 holes. Each green has three coloured “zones” with a hole and flag in each zone: green ( easy) amber (medium) and red (hard.) Each team must nominate a zone, successful shots to that zone earn three, six or nine points, with additional points available for making par, birdie or hole in one.
Over three thousand fans are expected at Dukes Meadows for the Bank Holiday event, which it is hoped will prove as popular as 20/20 cricket. Sir Steve Redgrave, Jamie Redknapp and Tim Henman will join the Pro Am line up. Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie will be hoping to raise money for their pet Foundations. Let’s hope the sun shines for them.
ADAM SCOTT, who can now wear his Masters green jacket and Australian Masters gold jacket alternately, plans a celebratory joyride along Australia’s M1 Pacific Highway when he returns home. As a spokesman for Mercedes, he won’t need to use Sheila’s Wheels for his clubs and surfboard. The only downside will be the 68mph speed limit. Contrary to his playboy image, 32 year old Scott has put his past winnings to good use. The Adam Scott Foundation provides academic scholarships for Australia's underprivileged youth, and funds a specialized complex in Brisbane for disabled youngsters who require 24-hour care.
ODYSSEY’S LATEST TANK Putter is designed to help those golfers looking for additional weight and stability. Featuring carefully weighted components with a calculated balance point for a higher MOI, it increases the putter’s resistance to rotation. Additional weight promotes a pendulum stroke that keeps the wrists from breaking down, providing consistent control. An Odyssey spokesman said: “We wanted to enhance the stability of the putter by increasing the moment of inertia of the entire club. The Tank achieves most of the benefits of anchoring without actually touching the body.”
HAVING BEEN officially cleared by the PGA Tour of using a banned substance Vijay Singh has issued a lawsuit charging it with violating it’s duty of care and good faith in failing to administer it’s own anti doping programme. His lawyer states: “As a direct result of the PGA Tour’s actions Singh has been exposed to public humiliation and ridicule; shamed, scorned and emotionally distraught.” (Breaks out an onion.)