IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP
LYDIA KO celebrated winning consecutive LPGA major titles by going for a dip.
A week after her triumph in the Kia Classic the eighteen year old world No. 1 birdied the par 5 18th to clinch the ANA Inspiration by one stroke in Rancho Mirage, California, closing with a 3 under 69 to finish at 12 under 276. Second place Charly Hull obviously told her to go jump in the lake.
RORY MCILROY has changed to a left hand low putting style. "My left hand sort of controls my putting stroke,” he told Golf News, “It’s my lead hand, and I thought that over the past few weeks my right hand was becoming a little bit too dominant. So I practiced with left below right and it felt really good.” Keep practicing Rory.
IN 2008, MASTERS WINNER Trevor Immelman was so slow round Augusta that the official walking alongside reputedly said “Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.”
A commentator at this year’s Masters observed: “If Jordan and Langer are teamed up we’ll be here till Monday!” Jordan Spieth began his final round at 2.45. p.m. and had barely finished the front nine by 5.00. He was put on the clock for his first two rounds. Apparently glaciers move faster than him. But although the 14 yr. old Chinese amateur Guan Tianling was docked a shot in 2013 for slow play, Spieth was not penalized. Perhaps Masters winners get different treatment.
Some golfers are so slow that we often wonder if the round will be finished before the dawn of the next ice age. But several sports, cricket for instance, have already been speeded up for the attention-deficit generation. Maybe golf should be left as it is. As Ben Hogan said “There are no short cuts in the quest for perfection.” You could try telling the wife that when you get home to a burnt offering.
THE PING PUTTER, so called because of the noise it made striking the ball, was designed in his garage by Norwegian Karsten Solheim, who moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was ten, and took up golf at the age of 42. After struggling with his putting he came up with the revolutionary ‘Anser’ putter, which he touted around tournaments without a buyer, until Julius Boros won the Phoenix Open with one in 1967. Boros remarked afterwards: "The putter looks like a bunch of nuts and bolts welded together but the ball goes in the hole."
This year is the Anser’s 50th anniversary, and Ping’s new TR 1966 putters look strikingly similar to their famous ancestors, but with Ping’s 21st century technology. The TR (True Roll) grooves varying in width and depth offer forgiveness by normalizing ball speeds across the face. The TR 1966 is described as ‘like a classic car with a modern engine under the bonnet.’
Ping putters became the most used in all majors. Every time Ping won a tournament two gold plated putters were made, one for the winner and one placed in the Winners’ Vault. By the 1990’s the number of tournament successes reached 2000, including 55 majors.
THE USGA SAYS the WGC Cadillac may not be held at Trump Doral in future after ‘The Donald’s’ controversial comments. Trump also lost his final battle to prevent wind farms being erected offshore from the Trump Resort in Aberdeenshire after a third appeal to the Scottish courts. He called Alex Salmond a “totally irrelevant has-been” and Salmond called Trump a “third time Loser.” (What diplomatic circles call a ‘free and frank exchange of views.’) Wonder what he’ll call Vladimir Putin if he gets to be President. Get ready to duck.
Quote from Christy O’Connor: “If it wasn’t my living I wouldn’t play golf if you paid me.”
Until next time, Happy Golfing.