JUSTIN ROSE played in the Sony Open in Hawaii because of a new rule requiring PGA Tour members to add at least one tournament they had not played in the previous four years to their season. It was worth the effort, he came second to Justin Thomas who was on a roll after winning the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua the week before.
In Abu Dhabi, Dustin Johnson made a birdie and an eagle in his final three holes at the HSBC Championship but couldn’t quite catch Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood who stopped tripping over his hair long enough to win with a 17 under 67.
These golfers’ names must be a nightmare for the commentators; Dustins and Justins, at least they can’t mistake Hideki Matsuyama.
COMING SOON to a golf course near you: The Evolve Tour 2017 Winter Series; 4 events starting 12th February, begins with a 3 day event at Lo Romero on February 12th, followed by La Serena and Hacienda Riquelme. The Evolve Pro Tour has become one of the most popular development tours in Europe, many competitors progressing to the Challenge Tour and European Tour. I’d register but I thought I’d give the other chaps a chance.
IF YOU SEE A Tour player crouching on the green with his nose in a book, it will be the Clere 'Green Book.' Launched on the European Tour in 2015, it was used at the Scottish Open by winner Ricky Fowler, and copies are now cropping up everywhere. The Green Book enables players to predict the direction of roll for their putts. Data is collected beforehand with high precision scans which enable putting surfaces to be measured within a 1/2mm accuracy. Each scan consists of tens of millions of individual laser points which are then converted into illustrations, giving clear information about the green slopes. And they still make quadruple bogeys.
THE WORLD SUPER 6 Perth golf tournament is being held at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, from 16–19 February. Co-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour, World Super 6 Perth will introduce a new format for a top tournament, with three rounds of strokeplay, before the top 24 do battle in a six-hole knockout match play. Big names are expected to enlist, or Euro Tour CEO Keith Pelley, who spends his time dreaming up new ways of dragging golf into the 21st century, will have something to say to them.
SAID TO BE AIMED at golfers of all abilities, Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic driver is “outstandingly forgiving”. It features Jailbreak Technology (JT) which uses two titanium bars (jail - bars Geddit?) to directly connect the crown and the sole, allowing the face to take more of the load at impact and spring more powerfully, Speed Step Technology (SST) which improves airflow giving more swing speed without effort, and Adjustable Perimeter Weighting (APW) with a 17gm sliding weight. Not forgetting higher Moment of Inertia (MOI). Good grief, all these codes, it’s like being in a nuclear sub.
The lower-spinning Epic Sub-Zero also has JT and SST plus two adjustable sole weights so golfers can choose either high or low launch and spin. Rory McIlroy experimented with the Sub-Zero at the S.A. Open, although it didn’t prevent his losing to Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm in a playoff. Unfortunately, Rory may not be experimenting with anything for a while after injuring his back (probably lifting his wallet.)
LUCKILY FOR RORY, as well as containing all the latest state of the art gym equipment to make golfers look like Charles Atlas, the European Tour physio truck contains three beds to carry out injury assessment and treatment and an ultrasound scanner for on-site diagnosis. No hanging around for 24 hours in A & E for these chaps.
Until next time: Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for repairs and regripping. 638 859 475.