JUSTIN ROSE RAISES the Scottish Open
trophy. (Just before Alex Salmond sticks a dirk in him.) 2013 OPEN CHAMPION Phil Mickelson said: "I've
loved having the Claret Jug this past year, letting people who really appreciate
golf drink from it. The best was a 1990
bottle of Romanee Conti, which cost about $40,000!” IN 1936 A NEW ASSISTANT Pro called Sam Snead arrived at the Greenbriar
G.C. in W. Virginia. Raised in the
backwoods he had taught himself golf using clubs made from tree branches. Sam nearly lost his Greenbriar job when he
struck his tee shot on the 335yd 5th hole, and the ball bounded onto the green
striking the rear end of Alva Bradley, one of the directors, who was furious
until he learned he had been hit by Sam’s tee shot, not his second. He promptly made Sam his personal trainer. Sam could average 320 yard drives with his
hickory club, and was said to have “The Perfect Swing.” He won 82 PGA
Tour championships, and 7 majors. The “Sam Snead Festival,” a 36
hole pro am, is still held at the Greenbriar annually in honour of “Slammin’
PING INTRODUCED their G30 driver at the Greenbriar
Classic for the pros to try out. Angel Cabrera promptly won with it,
averaging 331 yds in the final round. It
makes you appreciate Sam Snead’s shot even more, considering the club he would
have used.The G30 features six curved raised lines on the crown called
Turbulators, which apparently improve the clubhead aerodynamics.
They actually increase drag, but using fluid dynamics (smoke tests) engineers
found that they made the air flow closer to the clubhead, reducing the wake
produced. Result: more clubhead speed.
Cabrera’s average distance improved by
roughly 6 yards with the G30. Unfortunately, for those with a normal swing
speed the distance gained will be barely a yard.
GRAEME MCDOWELL came from 8 shots behind
to retain his French open title, shooting a four under 67 in pouring rain.He said: “It reminded me of going out in all
weathers in my teens.I’ve been playing
a little too much in America, and I’ve got a bit soft, I needed a day like
SCOTLAND’S BRADLEY NEIL (18) earned his ticket
to the next three majors and became the youngest ever to hold the Amateur title
with his victory at Royal Portrush. After
Garrick Porteous won the British Amateur and Matthew Fitzpatrick the U.S.
Amateur in 2013, British youngsters have now won the Amateur, U.S. Amateur and
the Amateur again in succession for the first time since 1912. Bradley’s home club is Blairgowrie GC. Perthshire, which has two Championship
courses, the 9 hole “Wee Course,” and ‘the most beautiful inland greens in
Scotland,’ according to old Tom Morris.
TOM WATSON told reporters at
Hoylake that his Ryder Cup team is taking shape. “The
guys currently in the top places in the standings will probably be on the
team. I'm getting to know them all so
that I can make informed decisions come September. To that end I personally invited whoever
could make it of our top 20 players to join me at Gleneagles the week before
the Open Championship so we could all get a look at the Centenary Course.” Must have cost him a bit. Hope they didn’t drink any Romanee Conti!
THE UNKNOWN FEMALE sunbathing au
naturelle on her balcony at Las Ramblas last week probably heard the crunch as
three buggies shunted into each other when their mesmerized drivers approaching
the 11th green caught sight of her. After untangling themselves they all took at
least four putts.
Until next time, Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping
and repairs: 638 859 475.
LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB (Hoylake) was laid out in 1869 on the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club; it was both horse
racing venue and golf course for the first few years.Close to
the town of Hoylake, hence the name, the links course sits on a peninsula separated from Liverpool by the Mersey Estuary and from
N. Wales by the river Dee.
In 1885 the first
Amateur Championship was held at Hoylake, and the Walker Cup began life there in
1921 as an amateur contest between Gt. Britain and Ireland and the USA. In 1930 the then amateur Bobby Jones won his
third Open at Hoylake, the second leg of his grand slam, and returned to New
York for a ticker tape parade.
In the 2006 Open
the notorious Hoylake winds were conspicuously absent. In a week of heatwave weather on a
terrifyingly fast course Tiger Woods kept his driver in his bag and navigated
his way to a two shot victory with supreme skill. Will he be back in July?
MATTHEW FITZPATRICK (19) has decided to turn
professional. The first amateur golfer
since Bobby Jones in 1930 to simultaneously hold the low amateur honours at
both the U.S. Open and Open Championship, and the only amateur to make the cut
at Pinehurst, Fitzpatrick finished a one under 69 that left him 11 over for the
tournament. Not a bad start to his career.
TO GO ROUND PINEHURST on the final day
of the U.S. Open never less than four strokes ahead was a great achievement for
To tie for second place, playing on
level terms with the best golfers in the world, was an even greater achievement
for Eric Compton. After two heart
transplants most of us would be happy to stagger to the sofa to watch the
tournament on the box, let alone play in it.
Eric visits hospitals and encourages the disabled in his spare time,
“Never write yourself off,” he advises.
As an example of practising what you preach, it could hardly be
WEEKEND OF 4th JULY sees the return of The Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor
Resort, South Wales. Teams of six from
England Scotland Ireland and Wales will once again compete for the coveted
trophy. Bradley Walsh is the latest member
of the England team, and Brendan O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys joins The Irish
team, who apparently played hard and
partied hard last year. Comedian Rob
Brydon returns to captain Wales, and Gavin Hastings the reigning champions,
Scotland. In 2013 thousands of fans enjoyed a weekend of golf themed
entertainment, watched the celebrities in action, and visited the “Interactive
Retail Village.” (Shops.)
THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT golf club of St. Andrews, founded 1754, has been
a men only club since before Napoleon was born.
That could all change in September when the members are asked to vote on
whether to accept the ladies. R & A
chief Peter Dawson is urging them to vote in favour, saying society is changing
and golf must keep up. The indications
are that the vote will be carried. Open
Venues Troon and Royal St. Georges still bar women members, will they be the
next bastions to fall?
WE’VE HAD SOME pretty windy
conditions this year; on the course we’re tempted to hit the ball harder into and
across the wind. The pros always say
it’s better to hit it a touch easier, like a second serve, to keep an element
of control and not too much spin on the ball.
So don’t forget the old adage: “Swing with ease into the breeze!”
Having tried out several new
drivers in and out of the wind I’m convinced the only way to increase my
distance is to hit the ball and run backwards.
Until next time, happy golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping
and repairs.TEL: 638 859 475.