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In The Bunker with Mick The Grip May 2014

In The Bunker with Mick The Grip

Payne Stewart at Pinehurst

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE facing No. 2 Course, Pinehurst, in June will be to have the greens and fairways in perfect condition for the women’s Open Championship on the 19th..    It may be a tall order after 156 players, caddies and countless others have tramped all over them during the men’s Open which starts on June 10th.  

Each day the  “U.S. Open Experience” in Pinehurst Village will provide entertainment for the fans with concerts and displays.  The Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honour, will be presented posthumously to Payne Stewart who won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and will be followed by a big screen showing of the climax, which came down to a dramatic finish on the 18th between Stewart and a young Phil Mickelson.   Stewart, who became known as Pinehurst’s champion, died in a plane crash on Oct. 25th of that year.

SPAIN’S MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ  finished fourth at this year’s Masters.  Close, but no cigar.   Seven days later he won on the US Seniors’ Tour.  Definitely worth a cigar.   Earlier this month he married his girlfriend Susanna Styblo at the Jimenez Golf Academy in Torremolinos.  (He did take his cigar out for the photos.)    Now he has become the first player over 50 to win on the European Tour after winning the Spanish Open in a playoff on his 27th attempt.  Rioja and Cigars all round. 
Adam Scott also tied the knot this month with Swedish girlfriend Marie Kojzar at his house in the Bahamas.   “We asked friends to come over for a party, we didn’t let on about the wedding,” he said, “We dressed up a little bit but it was still in the backyard.”   If you’re picturing dustbins and washing lines, forget it.   This was Adam Scott’s backyard.

TWO MEN STOLE more than £750,000 worth of equipment from over 60 golf clubs across England by posing as golfers.  Although captured several times on CCTV, their faces were always hidden by their caps as they entered  changing rooms and walked out with golf bags.    The professional burglars, one of whom lived in an £800,000 house and drove a Bentley, sold the swag overseas, but were finally caught during a police investigation into a corrupt lawyer associate. They are now doing a three and five year stretch, and won’t be needing any clubs for a while, unless there’s a course at Pentonville.
MATTHEW FITZPATRICK (19)  from Sheffield won the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship, rocketed to the top of the Amateur rankings and gained automatic invitations to both the U.S. Open and the Open if he remains an amateur.  Siren voices are telling him now is the time to turn pro, after missing out on $30,000 prize money in the RBC Heritage, where he finished level with Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer.
Matthew may be wise to wait a while.   Garrick Porteous, the Amateur No. 1. turned pro after the Masters this year, headed off to the Malaysian Open and came 141st out of 156.  It’s tough out there.  Justin Rose turned pro in 1998 aged 17 after coming fourth in the Open at Royal Birkdale, but immediately went into a dramatic decline, with 21 successive missed cuts.  (Though he has improved since.)

PROMISING “DISTANCE FOR ALL”  Taylor Made have introduced their SLDR S driver, which features a 57 gm shaft, available in extra stiff, stiff, regular and senior, and a 47 gm for ladies.  T. Made  (keen to promote loft) say it is simply not true that only pros and the lowest handicappers can benefit from loft adjustment. They tell us any golfer can generate massive distance gains with the SLDR S regardless of swing speed, with a choice of 10°, 12°, 14° and now even a 16° model.  We believe them, don’t we?
Until next time, happy golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping and repairs.  Tel: 638 859 475.